The Library is running a Big Read Challenge and we hope we can encourage as many members of the College community to join in and read.
At the heart of the challenge is the hope that the perception some people have towards reading will change.
While we hope those participating in the challenge will be willing to write reviews of the items on the Library Catalogue, the focus of the challenge is to expand on their current reading preferences and hopefully motivate them to discover something new.
Reading for pleasure has been identified as a great way to improve confidence in writing and expression, as it exposes readers to new themes, styles, techniques and vocabulary.
In May 2012 the Government’s Education Standards Research Team published a document called “Research evidence on reading for pleasure that researched the “evidence on the trends and benefits of independent reading”.
Identified in the report are “a positive link between positive attitudes towards reading and scoring well on reading assessments” and that benefits also included increased “text comprehension and grammar, positive reading attitudes, pleasure in reading in later life, increased general knowledge”.
The Big Read is a reading challenge which is being run in conjunction with the Reading Agency, World Book Day (5th March) and World Book Night (23rd April).
To participate in the Big Read Challenge all you need to do is read six books and complete the sections of the booklet to record your progress.
The only caveats we include are that the books have to be available from Bradford College Library and that at last four are from our Reading Collection.
To start the challenge just collect a booklet from the Library Information Desk and start reading.
It may not have escaped the notice of students and staff that a number of exciting changes have taken place to the College’s Library’s over the past few months and one of the key areas which has been focussed on is the Reading Collection.
The collection not only includes standard works of fiction but biographies and graphic novels. There are examples of nearly all Literary genres and titles which should appeal to any taste.
The relocation of the Reading Location presented an opportunity to merge it with the Junior Fiction from the Teacher Training Collection. This not only increased the number of the items available but also the range of genres.
All items in the reading collected are availabe on a term-loan. This means that rather than being issued with a book for the standard two weeks it will be on loan until the end of the current term. This means that if you take an item out at the start of term you get it for much longer than if you take it out towards the end of term. Not to worry though as you still benefit from the item being automatically renewed.
For more information about the Reading Collection you can read our Library guide.
The Library will also be running a reading challenge in 2020 which all students will be welcome to participate in. More details will be revealed in the next few months, but what we can reveal is that it will involve prizes.
The Library includes a number of winning and shortlisted titles for the following Literary awards :
While the Librarians have always been keen to promote a highly varied selection of fiction and non-fiction titles within the Reading Collection we are eager to hear which titles you would like to see included in the collection. You can submit a suggestion to the library about any title you think we ought to consider adding to our collection. Click here to complete the suggestion form.
Students and staff at Bradford College have been doing a lot of extra reading over the past 6 months. 158 took part in the Bradford College Big Read.
Quite a number confessed they didn’t like reading but then got hooked. One student commented:
“If there wasn’t a Challenge I wouldn’t have read as much.”
Library staff helped run a number of reading groups which were really enjoyed by the students, who
liked the chance to chat about books and all asked for them to continue next year. One favourite
was ‘Marley and Me’ by John Grogan. We held a Prize Draw and there were 13 Prize Winners. Prizes
were donated by Blackwell’s Bookshop, Wordery online bookstore and the College. Reading has
never been so rewarding!
For further information contact: Julie Lonsdale
Academic Liaison Librarian
Tel: 01274 533112
Reading has never been so rewarding with prizes for meeting the challenge of reading six books in six months (January – June 2016).
Bradford College Library has a collection of over 76,000 items, the majority of these are available from the Library on the 2nd floor of the David Hockney Building but some material will be housed in the Lower Ground bookstore, and for the first time in the College’s history there is a single Library available for all student’s to access.
In order to promote the College Library Collection being housed on a single floor, and linking in with the BBC’s reading campaign, the Library is encouraging Staff and Students at the College to participate in our very own reading challenge.
With so many items to choose from it really should not be difficult to make a New Year’s Resolution of identifying six items to read before the end of June.
The books included in the challenge are not even wholly determined by the library as all we ask as part of any participant’s pledge is that at least 3 of the six items chosen be works of fiction and that at least 3 of the items be from the Library’s collection.
An aim of the challenge is to hopefully encourage College members to not only read more for pleasure (possibly even selecting a title or two which they usually would not entertain ever reading), but to also feedback using the library catalogue, twitter, or facebook any books they enjoyed and wished to recommend to others.
If the allure of personal development was not enough then additionally all registered participants who complete the challenge to read 6 books in 6 months will be eligible to be entered into a Prize Draw in June.
Currently prizes include :
- Vouchers for the Library’s affiliate online bookshop Wordery
- Vouchers to be used at the College’s hair and beauty salon
- Wacom Bamboo fun pen and touch (CTH-461)
- Voucher’s for Blackwell’s
Reading has never been so rewarding
If you would like to participate or would like more details about the Challenge then visit the Library Information Desk on the 2nd floor of the David Hockney Building.