Fife College took part in the Six Book Challenge in 2012 with the aim of encouraging as many reluctant readers as possible to read six pieces of writing. As Literacy Link Worker Karen Wilson reports: "The learners did this using a number of different writing forms - from books, online articles and computer game instructions to newspapers and magazines. It worked so well that we achieved 105 completers, earning us a silver award from The Reading Agency. An award ceremony was held in the library at the St Brycedale campus in Kirkcaldy and we invited along local Gillian Galbraith to hand these out. The event was well attended and we were able to offer some in-house prizes to the participants on top of the national prizes."
Better still, the college has been able to use the first ever Book Week Scotland 2012 run by Scottish Book Trust to launch the Challenge for 2013.
"We were excited to find out about Book Week Scotland and we really wanted to get involved and use the week as a platform to promote and launch the Six Book Challenge," explains Karen. "We displayed posters encouraging learners to take part in the national Reading Hour on 30 November and we made a list of local events available for students to choose from.
"One of our lecturers also produced a 'Celebrate Scotland' booklet which contained facts about famous Scots, translations of common Scottish words, information about landmarks and Scottish folklore as well as puzzles. This booklet was also used to encourage research skills and team work as famous Scots were listed and students were asked to find one fact about them and list it.
"Students throughout the college elected to take part in the Reading Hour at 11am on 30 November and the Fife College official launch of the Six Book Challenge took place at St Brycedale campus in Kirkcaldy. Our Learning Services Manager opened the event by speaking about last year's Challenge and Book Week Scotland. The audience were then invited to watch a short film which contained Gillian Galbraith's words from the 2012 awards ceremony.
"Attendees were also given the opportunity to pick up free books which were donated by the library and they were also given a copy of My Favourite Place which was produced by Scottish Book Trust as part of Book Week Scotland.
"The event was a huge success and we are pleased that Fife College have already signed up 54 participants for the Six Book Challenge 2013 as a result."
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