Write a review on the Library Catalogue for #LoveToRead month

 

Everyone has an opinion.  We all talk about TV programmes we’ve watched, films we’ve been to see, our favourite shops or the best place we visited on our holidays.  Everyone likes good advice.  We will ask someone who has already been there or read it or watched it for their opinion – and then follow (or ignore) what they said!

Crime Fiction fans may look on Amazon reviews to see what other people thought about the latest James Pattison book.  Restaurant reviews appear in every newspaper or city guide, and Film review programmes are on the radio and TV.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets now has 8,000 reviews on Amazon!  A lot of people are writing reviews and a lot of people are reading them.

You can now write reviews of your library books.  So why would you want to write a review?   Perhaps you want to tell other students about the textbook you borrowed – did it explain things properly or was it difficult to understand?  What is the best book on your lecturers reading list – what was helpful in your exam? You may have really enjoyed reading a book from the Hockney Library Reading Collection and want other people to know.  Share your thoughts with the rest of college. It’s easy – just follow the instructions below and write away!

How to create a review in Koha

Step 1: Open the Library Catalogue http://librarycatalogue.bradfordcollege.ac.uk and click on the Log in to your account link at the top right of the page.

Step 2: Find the book that you want to review by typing in the title or keywords in the search box.

Step 3: You will see a list of results.  Click on the Title to get the full record of the book

Step 4: Scroll to the bottom of the book record and click on the Comments tab

You will see a link to Post your comments on this item. Click on the link and enter your text. Click on Submit and close this window.

Your comments will appear once they have been approved by a moderator.

Contact the library if you can’t log in –  [email protected] or 01274 433112.  We look forward to seeing what you write!

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]

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.