Reading Ahead is the new name for the Six Book Challenge.
A group of young adults with learning difficulties have completed the Six Book Challenge at Mirfield Library with support from staff from Kirklees Library Service.
Colleagues Judith Robinson, Ann Emery and Maz Iqbal developed some library-based activities for this group using the Six Book Challenge as a theme. "It was a lot of work but very worthwhile," comments Judith. "The group are now hoping to run their own book chat group in the library with limited librarian support so staff are delighted that something so positive has come from the sessions we ran."
A variety of activities
The group attended six weekly activity sessions at the library. They became library members and borrowed books which they discussed the following week. They also took part in arts and crafts, making life ribbons which detailed important events in their lives. And they looked at cookery books and researched healthy recipes and made posters promoting healthy food.
They have a variety of needs including learning issues and visual and hearing impairments and coming to the library was something very new for them. Staff worked hard to prepare them for the visits and make sure they were not anxious about the new surroundings and the new people they would be working with.
The Six Book Challenge activities they completed have helped them in their move towards more independent living. For example
- they now feel confident in the library space and know where things are and how the building is set out;
- they browse the books by themselves whereas on their first visit they wanted to be with someone else at all times;
- they looked at healthy eating books and researched recipes they could cook themselves as well as discussing healthy food choices.
Feedback from participants
Members of the group had some very positive comments to share at at the end of their Six Book Challenge experience:
"I am glad I have my own library ticket. I like looking for a book to borrow. My favourite books are about trains."
"I liked doing my life ribbon and am really proud with how it looks on the display."
"I found some healthy recipes and am going to try making some of them back at the centre."
"The staff in the library were really nice to me."
"I enjoyed coming to the library - it's better than going to zumba!"
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