We're hearing from further education and sixth form colleges on a daily basis as they celebrate this year's Six Book Challenge completers.
Peterborough College tutors and Library+ in third year of partnership
Peterborough Regional College marked the occasion with a cake made by hospitality students and an award ceremony for over 90 completers who each received a certificate and £10 voucher from Assistant Principal Roderick Sutherland.
Now in its third year at Peterborough, the Challenge is just one of the ways that the Library+ team links closely with students across the college, especially those on Inclusive learning and English Language courses, either as a formal part of their literacy work or as a key enrichment activity.
Jeremy Lloyd, Sector Manager of Inclusive Learning and ESOL said: "It's great that students who came to Peterborough Regional College unable to read a couple of years ago now discuss their reading with us all with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. The Six Book Challenge is an important element of this and continues to develop our strong links with Library+ to enhance the student experience."
Kathryn Wallis, Learning Resources Co-ordinator said, "Every one of these students is a winner. Their enthusiasm for the Challenge, and the special efforts some of them have made have really shone through. We are already looking forward to the Six Book Challenge 2014."
Record-breaking Northampton College
Northampton College has broken all records again with nearly 300 completers so far this year. They include 20-year-old Ataullah Omar from Afghanistan, pictured here with the Mayor and Mayoress of Northampton, who had never read a book in his native Pashto.
"We are delighted to have had such a positive response and have seen significant results on pass rates for students who have taken part in the Challenge, particularly among our Foundation Learning students like Ataullah," says Deputy Librarian Lynn Goodman. "It's a wonderful sight to watch students who never usually read sitting in the library with a book or magazine."
Bolton College achieves gold
And Bolton College has also achieved one of our gold awards this year with more than 160 completers, many of whom attended the annual award ceremony on 10 June together with College Principal Marie Gilluley, the local Mayor and Mayoress and David Kendall from The Reading Agency. ESOL students have taken part for the first time this year with such success that everyone enrolled on ESOL courses will be encouraged to take part in 2014. (Photograph by Julie Lomax)
"The Six Book Challenge was great for me as I've always struggled with reading," commented John Mannion, on the left of the picture. "The book I really enjoyed was Andy McNab's Today Everything Changes. I want to go into the building trade and before my reading was holding me back but now I feel I'm moving forward."
Patricia Firth, on the right of the picture, said: "I haven't read a book since high school. I did read newspapers but I would just look at the headlines and not much of what was below. Since completing the Six Book Challenge I read it all because I know there's a story there somewhere, and I'm always looking for the story now."
Read the case study on Atuallah Omar to find out how much taking in part in the challenge has affected his life.
If you would like to take part in the Six Book Challenge contact your local public library.
Do tell us your story about being part of or running the Six Book Challenge - we'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Genevieve Clarke.
If you work at a public library, college, prison or work place and are interested in running the Six Book Challenge visit our resources page.