Greetings from Southend-on-Sea
Simon Wallace
Community & Diversity Team Manager
Southend-on-Sea Borough Libraries
Reading – more than just books
Explore Book Festival
Sex and Books and Rock ’n’Roll
Family Reading
50 and rising...
“Southend's strategy is about making libraries
more accessible, providing an attractive
environment and b...
Bizarre : a Teen Reading Group
Grass Roots Reading Group
Westcliff Library
Presents
Magical Path
Jeff Saward on the
History & Magic of
Labyrinths & Mazes...
Take two Reading Groups and
four partnerships......
Chatty Readers
The Diskettes
“Chatty Readers”
A Skills for Life reading group established in October
2007 by Southend Borough Libraries in partnership
...
Chatty Readers
• Every month time is spent in discussion and
views are shared amongst the group on the
books, which have b...
“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 charact...
Chatty Readers
• The main aim of the group is to encourage students from the
Southend Adult Community College Skills for L...
Diskettes Reading Group
Elsie, Diskettes Reading Group
“When something you love and have always done is taken
away, it is very hard.
My eyesight s...
Selecting Stock
• Feedback & suggestions from students /reading group
members
• Comments received from Discovery Tour visi...
Materials used
• Audio books (including Quick Read titles)
• Graphic novels, Manga and Anime DVD’s etc
• Quick Reads in la...
Ask Chris website
Ask Chris is a mixture of the knowledge
and enthusiasm of Essex Libraries staff,
and recommendations of ...
a short introduction to graphic novels
Image 1 http://www.themedianinja.com/glenn/legacy/gifs/saturnback.gif
Page from the...
Working In Partnership
Hello to Mo (and his new trainers)
A Taste Of ... Partnership
Rethinking Partnerships
Adult Learners’ Week
Move On is a national project aimed at helping adults
to brush up their skills and gain the National Certificate
in Adult ...
E-mail : simonwallace@southend.gov.uk
Website : www.southend.gov.uk
Chatabout: Reading more than books: reading groups using graphic novels, audio and more.
Chatabout: Reading more than books: reading groups using graphic novels, audio and more.
Chatabout: Reading more than books: reading groups using graphic novels, audio and more.
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.

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

  1. 1. Greetings from Southend-on-Sea
  2. 2. Simon Wallace Community & Diversity Team Manager Southend-on-Sea Borough Libraries
  3. 3. Reading – more than just books
  4. 4. Explore Book Festival
  5. 5. Sex and Books and Rock ’n’Roll
  6. 6. Family Reading
  7. 7. 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.“
  8. 8. Bizarre : a Teen Reading Group
  9. 9. Grass Roots Reading Group Westcliff Library Presents Magical Path Jeff Saward on the History & Magic of Labyrinths & Mazes Thursday 16th September 7.30pm til 9.30pm Ticket £5.oo each including refreshments Contact Westcliff Library 01702 341961/ Southend Library 01702 534147 audiencedevelopment@southend.gov.uk
  10. 10. Take two Reading Groups and four partnerships...... Chatty Readers The Diskettes
  11. 11. “Chatty Readers” A Skills for Life reading group established in October 2007 by Southend Borough Libraries in partnership with Southend Adult Community College (SACC)
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. “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)
  14. 14. 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.)
  15. 15. Diskettes Reading Group
  16. 16. 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.”
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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:
  21. 21. Working In Partnership Hello to Mo (and his new trainers)
  22. 22. A Taste Of ... Partnership
  23. 23. Rethinking Partnerships Adult Learners’ Week
  24. 24. 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/
  25. 25. E-mail : simonwallace@southend.gov.uk Website : www.southend.gov.uk

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