Lovin’ leisure reading!
Encouraging students to up their game
with a good book
Sharon Reid: Academic Librarian
S.D.Reid@lb...
Why so keen to encourage leisure
reading?
 Sound pedagogical reasons:
• “Frequency of reading for pleasure correlates
str...
So, what exactly do we do?
 Student Book Club (Club 790)
 Leisure Reading Collection
 BookCrossing
 World Book Night
...
Club 790: Student book club
Club 790
 Official launch (with guest author) March 2013
 Every 6 weeks in term-time, in the Library,
5.30pm
•“I’ll be c...
Some of the books we’ve read….
 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time /
Mark Haddon
 The Reluctant Fundament...
Study Skills Workshop
Difficulties in sustaining membership
 Problem
 Unreliability!
 Attendance has fallen considerably this year
 Solution...
Leisure Reading Collection
Leisure Reading Collection
 Standalone Collection with bespoke shelving
and comfortable seating area
 Wide range of genr...
Leisure Reading Collection
Leisure Reading Collection
Study Skills Workshop
BookCrossing
BookCrossing
 Participation in the BookCrossing scheme
 1345 books registered to date
 Wicker baskets of books across c...
BookCrossing journal entries (1)
 “The book is advertised as hilarious etc, but it made
me cry. It could so easily have b...
BookCrossing journal entries (2)
 “Collected the book from the basket in the
Martin Hall Cafe on the Loughborough Uni
cam...
What next?
 Consolidate, expand and evaluate existing initiatives
 Re-launch Club 790 and promote heavily
 BookCrossing...
Contact …
Sharon Reid
Academic Librarian
Responsibility for Reading Development
University Library
Loughborough University...
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Lovin' leisure reading! Encouraging students to up their game with a good book by Sharon Reid, Loughborough University

  1. 1. Lovin’ leisure reading! Encouraging students to up their game with a good book Sharon Reid: Academic Librarian S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk Photo attribution: Top left: “Reading” by Paul Bence, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 Top right: “Caught reading” by Jayel Aheram, licensed under CC BY 2.0
  2. 2. Why so keen to encourage leisure reading?  Sound pedagogical reasons: • “Frequency of reading for pleasure correlates strongly with academic achievement” (1)  Proven mental health benefits: • “Research shows that reading improves mental wellbeing, and reduces stress levels by 67%” (2) (1). National Endowment for the Arts (2007) To read or not to read: a question of national consequence. Washington: National Endowment for the Arts (2). Galaxy Research, Mindlab International, 2009, cited by The Reading Agency Reading Well. [Online]. Available at: http://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/reading-well/ (Accessed: 4 December 2013)
  3. 3. So, what exactly do we do?  Student Book Club (Club 790)  Leisure Reading Collection  BookCrossing  World Book Night  Radar (University book club)  Spread the word! Internal and external events; Conferences; Local radio; partnership with public library service  Library-wide Reading Development Group
  4. 4. Club 790: Student book club
  5. 5. Club 790  Official launch (with guest author) March 2013  Every 6 weeks in term-time, in the Library, 5.30pm •“I’ll be coming to the meeting … I can’t wait to talk about the book” •“Thanks so much for doing this club by the way, it’s been great!” (Book club members, 2013)
  6. 6. Some of the books we’ve read….  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time / Mark Haddon  The Reluctant Fundamentalist / Mohsin Hamid  Killing Floor / Lee Childs  The Book Thief / Marcus Zusak  Sing you Home / Jodi Picoult  The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins  The Kite Runner / Khaled Hosseini  We Need to Talk about Kevin / Lionel Shriver  Little Face / Sophie Hannah
  7. 7. Study Skills Workshop
  8. 8. Difficulties in sustaining membership  Problem  Unreliability!  Attendance has fallen considerably this year  Solutions  An official launch EVERY year  Leisure Reading Champions (students)  Adding variety into meetings – film tie-ins, book swaps, themed refreshments, games  Promotion is key - introductory packs, roll-up banner, World Book Night, induction, etc.
  9. 9. Leisure Reading Collection
  10. 10. Leisure Reading Collection  Standalone Collection with bespoke shelving and comfortable seating area  Wide range of genres + Mood-boosting titles + self-help Books-on-Prescription titles  Annual budget of £300 plus £5000 from a bid for sustainable funding
  11. 11. Leisure Reading Collection
  12. 12. Leisure Reading Collection
  13. 13. Study Skills Workshop
  14. 14. BookCrossing
  15. 15. BookCrossing  Participation in the BookCrossing scheme  1345 books registered to date  Wicker baskets of books across campus  “Read and release me” initiative  Advertise for donations to keep the scheme running  Rota for restocking baskets  “I’m free! Pick me up!” logo to raise visibility
  16. 16. BookCrossing journal entries (1)  “The book is advertised as hilarious etc, but it made me cry. It could so easily have been about my family …Thank you, Natasha, for writing this book and thank you, Loughborough University, for enabling me to see it while I was waiting for coffee. I will pass it on to others in the family.”  “Loved this book......really made me want to visit Florence . So descriptive ! Great story line that held me till the end . Would love to read more from this author.”
  17. 17. BookCrossing journal entries (2)  “Collected the book from the basket in the Martin Hall Cafe on the Loughborough Uni campus. It has travelled a far way to Russia and Turkey with me …”  “Picked the book up in Hue [sic], read it through Vietnam and Indonesia. Left the book in Six Degrees Hostel, Jakarta.”
  18. 18. What next?  Consolidate, expand and evaluate existing initiatives  Re-launch Club 790 and promote heavily  BookCrossing and the Student Union  Establish Departmental Leisure Reading Champions  One book, one campus…eventually!
  19. 19. Contact … Sharon Reid Academic Librarian Responsibility for Reading Development University Library Loughborough University S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk

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