Several new names have appeared in the list of colleges, libraries, prisons and workplaces signing up to get involved in the Six Book Challenge in 2014 alongside a rich mix of organisations from across the UK and Ireland who have taken part in previous years.
Southend Libraries launched this year's Challenge with a short film and a photocall for learners and local partners such as South Essex College and Southend Adult Community College pictured above. Made by Enigma Productions the film features a mix of Challenge completers being interviewed by Southend's Challenge champion Digby Fairweather. Stephen Lay, Principal of Southend Adult Community College (SACC) said "Southend Libraries and SACC provide a great supportive partnership, and the Six Book Challenge is a highly successful method of engaging existing and potential learners in reading for pleasure as part of their skills development."
Swindon Libraries achieved some fabulous coverage for their launch on BBC Radio Wiltshire with former Challenge Ambassador and bestselling writer Adele Parks praising the scheme alongside regular Challenge participant Debbie and librarian Leon Flower.
The Manchester College has got off to a stunning start with over 400 students already enrolled and high hopes of repeating their achievement of a gold award (see picture of librarian Janice Banner receiving her award from Genevieve Clarke). Last year the college achieved 281 completers and principal Jack Carney commented: "Improving literacy skills can transform the lives of our students, opening up the opportunities available to them. There is no doubt that the Six Book Challenge enriches learning opportunities, builds confidence and improves reading and writing styles, alongside developing life skills. We have already seen our students achieve great results through the Six Book Challenge at the College over the last two years and we look forward to continuing this success."
Stanmore College enjoyed a very fine cake at their launch with staff and students collecting their reading diaries and hearing from local author Shaun Lambert. Librarian Anna Gorecki reports that "the ball is well and truly rolling!"
If you would like to take part in the 2014 Six Book Challenge contact genevieve.Clarke@readingagency.org.uk and we'll put you in touch with an organisation in your area who is running it.
Visit the website for Six Book Challenge participants at readingagency.org.uk/sixbookchallenge.
Organisations planning to run the Six Book Challenge in 2014 can order materials from our shop and find guidance and templates on our resources page.