Are you brave enough to tackle the Big Read Challenge 2020?

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.

The initial perception of a bibliographic work should not be made based on the aesthetic of the exterior.

The Library received numerous postive comments from readers about how much they had enjoyed the blind date with a book and the idea for the next display planned to maintain the popularity of this idea.

One reader stated “I have started reading it and I am half way through reading it already. It has proved to me that sometimes you should not take a book at face value and delve in to a couple of pages before you make a decision whether it is your type of book.

 

The “don’t judge a book by its cover” display took the idea of readers being willing to take a leap of faith in what they were borrowing.

Instead of totally covering the book we used a wrap which featured the opening line of text from the book as a teaser.

We crated a number of flamboyant and colourful teamplate designs to use as a wrap around the books and then these were personalised for each title we chose at random to include.

The self-service kiosks the readers use to borrow items from the College Library would give an indication of the item title and hopefully this would build the anticipation of what they had ended up with rather than disappoint.

      

Looking for love, will settle for text.

The general premise of this library promotion is simple, you can find love in the most unlikely of places and we wanted our readers to take a leap of faith and borrow a book without any idea what they are getting.

So that a reader ended up with unpredictable book, we wrapped the items in the display to provide them with anonymity.

As all the books were covered up the reader would have no idea about the cover decoration, title, genre, or any other indication which may sway them when picking a book up to read.

As Valentine’s day fell during the promotion we also added a chocolate heart to each wrapped book.

To participate all a reader needed to do was pick up a book from the display and issue it to themselves.

The book blind date brings together the romantic and literal interpretation of not judging a book by the cover.

As the College Library uses self-service kiosks to issue books there was initially a teaser of what the reader may have picked up as the title is revealed, much like the first sight of a blind date through the window of a restaurant or fast food outlet.

We then hoped our role of cupid was complete as the reader would then take the book away and hopefully enjoy the time they spent with the book.

Obviously if they didn’t get along we did not really care if they came back and took another book out, or even take two books out at the same time.

Academic Liaison Librarians

Do you :

  • Need help with where to start researching for your assignment?
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Did you know there is a specialist professionally qualified Librarian on hand to offer individual and group support?
You are welcome to contact your course librarian to discuss what library support they can provide you.

Librarian Supported Academic Areas Email Address
Lakshmi Banner ESOL
Early Years, Health & Social Care
Early Years & Youth
Health & Social Care
Business & Accountancy
Sport, Uniform Public Services and Law
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Haydn Clark Applied Sciences and Computing (FE)
Allied Medical & Digital – Tech (HE)
Arts and Creative Industries (FE & HE)
Distance Learning
Community Learning
Forster College: English & Maths
Adult & Community
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Deborah Duffy Access to HE
Sixth Form and 14-16
[email protected]
David Porter Education and Professional Studies
Teacher Education (Primary & Secondary)
Engineering and Motor Vehicle
Engineering
Construction
Catering, Hair & Beauty and Travel
Progression to Learning and Work
[email protected].ac.uk

Staffed Library hours (Term-time)

 

David Hockney Library (2F-Lib) Trinity Green Library (1.29)
Monday 8.30am to 7.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
Tuesday 8.30am to 7.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
Wednesday 8.30am to 7.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday 8.30am to 7.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm
Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm 10.00am to 4.00pm

United Reads

Some great fiction and biographies of people’s actual experiences can really get you to empathise with people of different backgrounds, ethnic groups etc and  challenge your viewpoints about; freedom, equality, respect for the law and all the ‘united values’.

This is a mixed booklist of easy and more difficult reads and fiction and non-fiction but they all will pose questions and make you think about the different values, for example what is freedom?   Is one person’s respect for law another person’s subjugation?  This is just a taster but hopefully an introduction to the output of many authors who explore different values and how people react.

United Values Book List

Equality

I am Malala

The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban, nevertheless she pursued her education and has become a campaigner for the education of girls.

Shelved in the Reading Collection

 

 

 

Orwell, George.  Animal farm.

Having got rid of their human masters, the animals of Manor Farm look forward to a life of freedom and plenty. But gradually a cunning, ruthless élite emerges and the other animals discover that they are not as equal as they thought.

Shelved in the Reading Collection

 

 

Ellis, Deborah.  Parvana’s journey.

Parvana is denied an education in Taliban controlled Afghanistan.  This is her journey to freedom and education.

Shelved 813.54/ELL

 

 

 

Respect of Law

Horton, Lesley.  Twisted tracks.

A detective mystery story set in Bradford dealing with murder and many of the social ills of the time.  The author worked with West Yorkshire police and had concerns about how young women were treated.

Shelved in the Reading Collection

 

 

Mutual Respect

Delaney, Shelagh.  A taste of honey.

‘A Taste of Honey’ is a play about the adolescent Jo and her relationships with those about her – her irresponsible, roving mother Helen and her mum’s newly acquired drunken husband, the black sailor who leaves her pregnant and Geoffrey the homosexual art student who moves in to help with the baby.

Shelved at 822.914/DEL

 

 

Fairfield, Lesley.  Tyranny.

One day, horrified by her reflection in the mirror, Anna makes a life-changing decision – that food is the enemy. Her obsession with being thin and beautiful will now dominate her every waking and sleeping hour.

Shelved in the Reading Collection

 

 

Individual Liberty

Levy, Andrea.  The long song.

Set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed, this novel follows the life of July, a slave girl, who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity.

Originally published: 2010.

Shelved in the Reading Collection

 

Warman, Janice.  The world beneath.

1970s South Africa. Eleven-year-old Joshua lives with his mother, who works as a maid for the Malherbes in a white middle-class area in Cape Town. We see this enclosed world through Joshua’s eyes as we share his longing for his family and his past life in the rural Ciskei. When a boy enters the garden one night, Joshua offers him refuge. The stranger turns out to be a freedom fighter on the run. As riots sweep the country Joshua becomes more and more aware of the political situation around him and is determined to help bring about change for himself, his family and ultimately his country.

Shelved in the Reading Collection

 

Lorca, Frederico Garcia.  The house of Bernarda Alba and other plays.

The revolutionary genius of Spanish theatre, Lorca brought vivid and tragic-poetry to the stage with these powerful dramas. All appeal for freedom and sexual and social equality, and are also passionate defences of the imagination.

Translated from the Spanish.

Shelved at 862.62/GAR

 

Tolerance

Long, Hayley.  Sophie someone.

Sophie Nieuwenleven is sort of English and sort of Belgian. She and her family came to live in Belgium when she was only four or five years old, but she’s fourteen now and has never been quite sure why they left England in the first place. Then, one day, Sophie makes a startling discovery. Finally Sophie can unlock the mystery of who she really is. This is a story about identity and confusion – and feeling so utterly freaked out that you just can’t put it into words. But it’s also about hope. And the belief that, somehow, everything will work out OK.

Shelved in the Reading Collection

 

Have you got any suggestions that we could add to our list?  Contact us on [email protected] and let us know what you think!

Bradford College Big Read – Winners

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
Email: [email protected]

Business information on the go…

Business Source Premier from EBSCO is our new Business database and includes loads of journal articles, trade publications (such as Management Week), Industry Profiles, Country Reports and SWOT Analysis reports.  If you already use Discover you’ll find it easy to use.  There’s a simple search box but we advise that you go straight to the Advanced page as you can combine keywords, company names and other terms to find the best results. Want very recent information?  Limit your search by date. If you just want case studies, product reviews, or industry reports, select your preferred option from the the source / publication type to select your preferred option.  If you want UK information, click on the Geography option and choose Great Britain and England.

Click here to access Business Source Premier.  You will need your IT username and password to access if you are off-campus.

BSP

BSP is available as a mobile-friendly site, and can also be accessed via an app.

  1. Find the app in Google Play or iTunes.
  2. Log in to Business Source Premier from here
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link to iPhone and Android apps
  4. Enter your email address
  5. Open the email using your mobile device
  6. Follow the simple instructions to use BSP

You can use to app to search the full content of the database, save searches, and read, save and email articles.

For a helpsheet, click here.  For a video on searching EBSCO databasesclick here. For more information or a demo, call into the Library on Floor 2 of Hockney Building, or email us on [email protected]

 

Bradford College Big Read 2016

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.

Bradford College Big Read 2016

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 :

  • Wordery Vouchers for the Library’s affiliate online bookshop Wordery
  • College Salon Vouchers to be used at the College’s hair and beauty salon
  • Wacom Wacom Bamboo fun pen and touch (CTH-461)
  • Blackwell's 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.

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Any student or staff at Bradford College is welcome to use the Library facilities. There is no additional process or payment required to join the Library. All you need to do in order to borrow an item from our collection is to have your College ID card and the items you wish to borrow.

If you are in need of any advice, help or guidance using Bradford College’s Library please feel free to email us at: [email protected].