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Chatabout: Reading more than books: reading groups using graphic novels, audio and more.

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On 8 Oct 2010 The Reading Agency hosted a Chatabout Network Day for members to network and share best practice about running reading groups for emergent readers. …

On 8 Oct 2010 The Reading Agency hosted a Chatabout Network Day for members to network and share best practice about running reading groups for emergent readers.

Simon Wallace, Community & Diversity Team Manager from Southend-on-Sea Borough Libraries shared his experiences of running reading groups using a broad range of materials; audio, graphic novels and more.

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  • 1. Greetings from Southend-on-Sea
  • 2. Simon Wallace Community & Diversity Team Manager Southend-on-Sea Borough Libraries
  • 3.  
  • 4.  
  • 5. Reading – more than just books
  • 6. Explore Book Festival
  • 7. Sex and Books and Rock ’n’Roll
  • 8. Family Reading
  • 9. 50 and rising...
    • “ Southend's strategy is about making libraries more accessible, providing an attractive environment and breaking down barriers.
    • It's about opening the reading group experience to people who might be excluded otherwise.“
  • 10. Bizarre : a Teen Reading Group
  • 11. Grass Roots Reading Group
  • 12. Take two Reading Groups and four partnerships......
    • Chatty Readers
    • The Diskettes
  • 13. “ Chatty Readers”
    • A Skills for Life reading group established in October 2007 by Southend Borough Libraries in partnership with Southend Adult Community College (SACC)
  • 14. Chatty Readers
    • Every month time is spent in discussion and views are shared amongst the group on the books, which have been read. Often a student will recommend a book, which may then be taken home by another group member to read.
    • By talking about their books and sharing their reading experiences, the group members provide each other with support and shared encouragement to try a range of different reading choices.
  • 15. “ I can now read a lot more types of books… I find the book and CD packs very helpful… I like the stories where the characters have experienced similar things to me.“ (David, reading group member)
  • 16. Chatty Readers
    • The main aim of the group is to encourage students from the Southend Adult Community College Skills for Life classes to gain more confidence in the library environment and become more comfortable using the library facilities.
    • A further aim is to enable students to gain confidence in selecting reading material and to help develop their reading, listening and speaking skills.
    • An important dimension of any library reading group is to enable people to meet socially, enjoy a good chat, share books with others and try new reading experiences. Reading groups should be fun!
    • “ I have seen a great increase in general confidence of the learners attending the group and an improvement in their reading skills. This type of group is a must for all Skills for Life learners” (SACC Skills for Life tutor.)
  • 17. Diskettes Reading Group
  • 18. Elsie, Diskettes Reading Group
    • “ When something you love and have always done is taken
    • away, it is very hard.
    • My eyesight started deteriorating a few years before I was
    • Registered Blind and I can’t read anything any more.
    • The best thing about the group is talking about books
    • you have really enjoyed. I used to just read mysteries,
    • and I would never have dreamed I’d find myself discussing
    • a book about the Taliban.”
  • 19. Selecting Stock
    • Feedback & suggestions from students /reading group members
    • Comments received from Discovery Tour visitors
    • Working with Skills for Life and ESOL tutors
    • Using publisher’s catalogues/ websites
    • Chatabout Forum and TRA website
    • Locally published titles eg “Mo” and Storehouse
    • Ask Chris website (Essex Libraries)
    • SET Library Partnership (Southend, Essex and Thurrock)
    • Audience Development colleagues
    • Community Partners
    • Focal Point Education & Outreach Officers
  • 20. Materials used
    • Audio books (including Quick Read titles)
    • Graphic novels, Manga and Anime DVD’s etc
    • Quick Reads in large print
    • Loan magazines
    • Book and audio CD packs (as part of the Get on collection)
    • Locally published book titles
    • Local history resources – Southend Access Point, SEAX, Southend Timeline
    • TRA / BBC resources e.g. Dig In, Headroom, Flour Power, 6BC
    • Get On campaign materials
    • Quick Reads publicity
    • Library Exhibitions (including Focal Point Gallery)
    • Working with local authors, writers and artists e.g. John Bulley, Dee Gordon
    • Online resources e.g. BBC RAW, Ask Chris website
    • Discovery Tour information packs
    • MultiKulti website, Citizenship websites, language courses, pictorial dictionaries, dual language resources
    • Pictures to Share books
    • Persula Foundation storytelling tours /Bag Books
  • 21. Ask Chris website Ask Chris is a mixture of the knowledge and enthusiasm of Essex Libraries staff, and recommendations of readers and reading groups across Essex.   So when you Ask Chris to suggest what you should read next, you'll be tapping into the opinions of hundreds of readers www.askchris.essexcc.gov.uk/ Source : Essex Libraries
  • 22.  
  • 23. a short introduction to graphic novels Image 1 http://www.themedianinja.com/glenn/legacy/gifs/saturnback.gif Page from the back of Why I Hate Saturn enumerating stereotypes about and virtues of the graphic novel:
  • 24.  
  • 25. Working In Partnership Hello to Mo (and his new trainers)
  • 26. A Taste Of ... Partnership
  • 27. Rethinking Partnerships Adult Learners’ Week
  • 28. Move On is a national project aimed at helping adults to brush up their skills and gain the National Certificate in Adult Literacy or Numeracy. www.move-on.org.uk/ http://geton.direct.gov.uk/
  • 29. E-mail : [email_address] Website : www.southend.gov.uk