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Chatabout: Reading group case study: Heckmondwike


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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.

Olivia Barnden and Judith Robinson, from Kirklees Library & Information Service gave a presentation about their Heckmondwike Chatabout reading group.

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Chatabout: Reading group case study: Heckmondwike

  1. 1. Heckmondwike Chatabout Group - more than just a reading group A presentation by Olivia Barnden and Judith Robinson, Kirklees Library & Information Service
  2. 2. Celebrating completion of the 6 Book Challenge. “I enjoyed the party. We all cooked food and brought it in to share.” Iram
  3. 3. Library skills session “I have noticed the ladies are more confident when they use the library.” Sandra, Heckmondwike library staff
  4. 4. The group enjoyed sewing, embroidery, felt-making and fabric painting “I liked looking at the felt-making books. They gave me some good ideas for making my own felt.” Zahida
  5. 5. “Borrowing the Gatehouse book packs has helped me with my English.” Riffat
  6. 6. “Since coming to the group, I’ve borrowed lots of different books from the library. I like the Quick Reads best.” Maya
  7. 7. Book quiz using BBC RAW resources
  8. 8. “Dinosaur Roar!” book activities “I will take my book home and read it with my children.” Rukshanda
  9. 9. “I’m really proud of this banner. I will bring my children to the library so they can see it.” Rabab
  10. 10. Author visits – Pete Chand and Puneet Bhandal “Listening to the stories in Punjabi has been really wonderful. A lot of the ladies remember the stories from their childhood.” Abida
  11. 11. Bollywood resources
  12. 12. The group’s community learning award recognised their commitment to reading. “I enjoy coming to the library and borrowing books.” Shazia
  13. 13. “Chatting at this group has really increased my confidence. I feel happier talking to my daughter in English.” Isabela
  14. 14. Future? • Linking activities to Kirklees Council priorities and national indicators. • Demonstrating impact and value. • Enabling the group to be self-sustaining? • Improving the group’s links within the Chatabout community – start blogging?
  15. 15. Contact details Judith Robinson – Librarian (Social Inclusion) Olivia Barnden – Librarian (North area)