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World Book  Night 2013 booksOn Wednesday 23 April our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) will be a giver for the first time in World Book Night 2014.

World Book Night celebrates books and reading and takes place annually on 23 April which is the date of William Shakespeare’s birth and the death of the Spanish novelist Cervantes. Due to the importance of the date the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) named it the International Day of the Book.

As a book giver our LRC team selected books from the 2014 booklist. We’ve picked books that will appeal to our students;  two Quick Reads

The Perfect Murder by Peter James

Hello Mum by Bernadine Evaristo

and Armistead Maupin’s novel Tales of the City.

We’ll be giving copies of the books away to our learners and having an evening event to celebrate. In preparation we’ve ordered the DVD of Tales of the City for our students to borrow.

This year anyone can be a World Book Night Giver. You can give anyone a book you own or bought. If you’d like to do this you can register on the World Book Night website and get the chance to enter a prize draw.

You can take part by attending a World Book Night event up and down the United Kingdom.

Quick ReadsLast week our 2014 batch of Quick Reads hit the shelves for borrowing.

Quick Reads come out annually on 14 February and this year’s bunch include:

Four Warned by Jeffrey Archer

Blackout by Emily Barr

A Cruel Fate by Lindsey Davis

Rules for Dating a Romantic Hero by Harriet Evans

The Escape Lynda La Plante

Hidden Barbara Taylor Bradford

As our students are residential they’ve told us Quick Reads are great for having something to read before bedtime. And they’re manageable if you want to read something in a weekend.

Quick Reads 2013 front coversQuick Reads launched on 14 February. What are Quick Reads? There short books which are written by famous to get you to realise that reading is easy. We’ve already had these two arriving on our shelves from those being launched in 2013:

The Silurian gift by Mike Tucker

Wrong time, wrong place by Simon Kernick

A dreadful murder by Minette Walters

The Silurian Gift is one from the BBC Doctor Who series. We’ve also just bought a set of audio Dr Who stories for Dr fans.

You can view all of Quick Reads material through our Online Public Access Catalogue onsite or offsite.

Book shelvesAgain this year we’re running the Six Book Challenge at Hillcroft College. The Six Book Challenge is a Reading Agency initiative that encourages adults to get reading. The idea is you read 6 items which you must complete by 28 June 2013. You log the material you read in a diary and rate the items you read. The 6 items need not be books! You can read:

  • poems
  • newspaper articles
  • recipes
  • book reviews
  • letters in magazines
  • information leaflets

to name but a few!

Once you’ve read your six items we put you in a national prize draw to win a trip to London with a friend which includes hotel accommodation, expenses and theatre tickets. There are also ebook reader prizes too.

If you’ve recently joined our Get Confident in English and English as Second or Other Language (ESOL) Preparation for Life courses you may have already signed up for the Challenge. If you’d like to borrow books from us we’ve got a number of Quick Reads and graded readers.

When you’re on course at Hillcroft if we don’t catch up with you while you’re on your course, do drop into the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) so we can update your diary. If you have any questions about what counts to the six just ask us or drop us an email  lrc@hillcroft.ac.uk .

If you’re stuck trying to find a book to read for the Challenge take a look at the Find a Read website for ideas.


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