collaboration for the six book challenge may 2012

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Genevieve Clarke, reading agency and Stephen Wickens, Westminster Kingsway College gave a lightening talk at the first meeting of the ALRG London and south east meeting on the 9th May 2012. An interesting presentation on how to engage FE college students in the six book reading challenge, a popular reading agency initiative.


  • 1. College and public library collaboration with the Six Book ChallengeGenevieve Clarke, The Reading Agency Stephen Wickens, WestminsterKingsway College

2. What is the Six Book Challenge? An invitation to read six books or othermaterial and record reading in a diary Library support for choosing books Creative activity such as reading groups Incentives and a certificate for those who readsix books (participation certificate for less) 18,000 registered in 2011 through publiclibraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons 3. What can it achieve for students? Increased motivation to read and learn more Improved skills reading, writing, speakingand listening Better awareness of offer from college andpublic libraries Development of a new reading habit Enjoyment of reading! 4. What can it provide for college libraries? A practical tool for partnership developmentwith other library sectors, eg public libraries A new way of working with tutors across thecollege, eg ESOL, Functional Skills, FoundationLearning, Media Studies Increased awareness and use of the collegelibrary Opportunity to win visit from a top author! 5. Support from The Reading Agency Reading diaries, certificates, posters,bookmarks, leaflets, fliers, incentives Guidance and case studies Links to public library services Over 1000 reading recommendations at Links with other national initiatives egQuick Reads, BBC campaigns, World Book Night 6. Westminster Kingsway College and Camden Libraries Launch party for ESOLstudents 35 completers Sessions facilitated by WKCand Camden staff High profile prizegiving 7. Westminster Kingsway College and Camden Libraries Many joined Camden libraries New impetus to book clubs Student confidence Students progress in language Solid basis for future work with Camden Raised profile for learning centre 8. Contacts Genevieve Clarke 0871 750 2104 / 07500 010 620 Stephen Wickens 020 7832 5296


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