With almost 100 prisons taking part in the 2012 Six Book Challenge it's great that people are always finding new ways to use the scheme. Sometimes it's the use of incentives - some prisons have invested in pocket dictionaries as prizes for completers; others have come up with ingenious ways to promote the Challenge.
"Why isn't my name up there?" was the first comment about HMP Featherstone's new Olympic-inspired Challenge library display. Cut-outs of runners are positioned all around the library and Challenge participants each have their name placed on a runner.
"It's been a great way of introducing the Challenge to the men," says library supervisor, Adeline Fergus. "As soon as they walk in they want to know what it's about and how they get their name up there. It's also made that space above the bookshelves look much more attractive."
Certainly it's helped to make the Six Book Challenge a big success at Featherstone. In the two months the Challenge has been running they have had close to 100 participants with about a third of those completing the Challenge.
It's not the only Olympic-inspired idea running in Staffordshire. This year all six prisons in the county are taking part in the Six Book Challenge on a kind of relay system to maximize the impact of staff time and resources. Each prison will run the Challenge for two months and then pass it on to the next prison at a special ceremony where they will also give out the certificates.
Next prison up is HMYOI Brinsford with librarian Alan Smith keen to emulate the success of Featherstone. "The lads really like the Challenge and get a lot out of it. We've seen it really inspire some of the weaker readers to push themselves to read more."
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