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Belokolenko intellectual contests in the library

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  • Maria Belokolenko
    (Russia)
    Vice-president, Reading Association of Russia
    Assistant director, Centralized Library System of South-West Moscow region
    Report on the 18th European Conference on Reading
    August, 2013, Jönköping, Sweden
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Belokolenko intellectual contests in the library

  1. 1.   The 18th European Conference on Reading August, 2013, Jönköping, Sweden Intellectual contests in the library as a method to raise motivation for reading Maria Belokolenko (Russia) Vice-president, Reading Association of Russia Assistant director, Centralized Library System of South-West Moscow region
  2. 2. Moscow 11 977 988 people (at 01.01.2013) New regions of Moscow are marked as number 11 and 12. Real problems to motivate citizens to reading. • The citizens work and study hard. • They are haunted by lots of information. • The citizens have got tons of opportunities for entertainment in their free time.
  3. 3. Moscow 460 the state public libraries: • 36 Central regional libraries • 158 children's libraries 2000 school libraries
  4. 4. Centralized Library System of South-West Moscow region  Registered Readers – 100 thousand people  N of yearly library visits – 900 thousand  N of books – 1 mln  N of available documents – 2,5 mln  N of participants in cultural events – 120 thousand people  Staff – 250 people Central Library has taken part in plenty of Russian-Italian culture programs and was a founder of Moscow branch of Dante Alighieri Society, the library was named after him in 2007.
  5. 5. A 3D tour around the library is available at www.cbs-uz.ru The Central Library named after Dante Alighieri
  6. 6. “Library without Walls” (2008-2013…) The adults are eager to test their knowledge and the knowledge of their children. The children like doing riddles and be awarded for good answers.
  7. 7. “Super-reader”
  8. 8. “Super-reader” •For letter з(z) – «Turn down a page miss a move». •«If your decision to subscribe to a library is strong – you make one move forward» (near letter ъ – it is a sign of hard pronunciation). •«If you gave your friend a soft advice to subscribe to a library – 2 moves forward» (near letter ь, that is a sign of soft pronunciation).
  9. 9. “Super-reader” RULES of the GAME •Number of players – people or families – from 1 to 3. •Each player (team) gets a flag of a certain color. •Players cast a cube (dice) in turn. •Figures from 1 to 6 mean the number of moves and the number of AUTHORS a reader should name. •All the players play up to the end and get reward. The process of recalling the author’s name is accompanied by the remarks: «I have read it!», «You have read it at school», «We read it last summer, remember?», «I wish my granny were here!»…
  10. 10. “Super-reader” Bunin Pasternak Sholohov Solzhenitsin L.N. TolstoyA.N. TolstoyA.K. Tolstoy The writer is a Nobel prize winner
  11. 11. Creative contests photo / picture exhibitions computer presentations writing essays •reading practice •finding ‘the right’ sources of information •analyzing •synthesizing •generalizing •citing •critical thinking •individual projects •IT and media skills •reading from screen
  12. 12. Oral reading contests Around reading: o choose a poem or a passage o a lot of quality material o a lot of non-fiction o magic of declamation o the prizes are always connected with the texts
  13. 13. Oral reading contests Themes English poetry Russian history Italian poetry Russian poetry
  14. 14. ‘The Divine Comedy’ by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) 10-grade student Cyrill Bukhtijarov ‘s brilliant declamation of Canto twenty one (from Part Paradiso) led him to the first place. Sergey Belanivsky got the 2 place for reciting Canto 6 (from Part Inferno).
  15. 15. “The Canzoniere” by Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374) and “Jerusalem Delivered“by Tarkvato Tasso (1544-1595) A student of philosophy faculty of Moscow state University after Lomonosov Ivan Agapkin got the honorary second place. Grand-prix – Yuri Cukanov (7-th grade) First place – Elina Saythanova (7-th grade)
  16. 16. “Following the connections of times” 11/2012 139 participants read 129 works
  17. 17. «Towards the Vortices ...» George Byron • «She walks in beauty» was recited 39 times, • «My Soul Is Dark» –18 times, • «I would I were a careless child» – 13 times, • «The Cornelian» – 10 times, • «The Famous Greek War Song» – 9 times. 91 works of Byron: lyrics, carols, ballads, fragments from poems – recited in both Russian and English.
  18. 18. Younger pupils got the upper hand over their elder comrades Grand-prix for ‘Devine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri was awarded to a duet of two young readers of the 1 and 3 grade! The girls dramatized Canto 25 from «Purgatorio». Elizaveta Titova, a 5-grade pupil who missed the contest of her age because of illness. She competed with older students and was so emotional in her recitation of «The Famous Greek War Song» by George Byron that got the main reward by unanimous decision of the Jury.
  19. 19.  «The Divine Comedy» by Dante Alighieri (Feb.–April 2011) – 35 participants  «Italian poetry». Petrarca and Tasso (Oct.–Nov. 2011) – 58 participants.  «Not for nothing all Russia remembers…» (Feb.-April 2012) – 155 people  «Following the connections of times» (Nov. 2012) – 176 people  «Toward the Vortex”. George Byron. (Jan.-March 2013) – 290 people The number of participants is growing
  20. 20. Certificate of attendance and a participant badge
  21. 21. A chance to award a bigger number of the participants Age groups is carried out accordingl to the number of applicants: • 2 groups: before and after 18. • 3 groups: grades – 1-5, 6-8, 9-11. • 5 groups: 1-5 grades; 6-7 grades; 8 grade; 9 grade; 10-11 grades , students and adults.
  22. 22. Jury Unbiased assessment is supported by the number of Jury members. Experience show that the best number is 5. Experts from various spheres of life:  Philologists and native speakers  Literary critics  Historians  Poets  Actors or stage directors  Librarians  Members of Reading Association of Russia
  23. 23. Jury Three criteria for assessment 1. Text knowledge 2. Acting mastery 3. Figurativeness, picturesqueness, expressiveness, emotionality Each criteria gets from 1 to 5 points, maximum is 15. NOTES • A good presentation but it lacks drive • Creative image • Like in school • A very expressive reading • THE READER!!! Great! • I believe it • Makes one cry • Hysteric intonation • Very simple • Prose, a difficult text • A brick! • No dynamism • Too quiet • Absolute comprehension of Byron lyrics • Not correctly accentuated • Why did you become so quiet at the end? • Great!!!
  24. 24. The results of the contest - in social nets and library sites www.cbs-uz.ru https://www.facebook.com/CbsUgoZapad http://www.youtube.com/user/cbsuz
  25. 25. Conclusions The contests = • to pay attention to the library • tool of reading motivation • choice of reading material, sharing and reward • inspires people of all ages • friendly relations • media coverage • collaboration with schools, museums, publishers, etc. • promote reading and creativity
  26. 26. Maria Belokolenko Vice-president, Reading Association of Russia Assistant director, Centralized Library System of South-West Moscow region sistemology@mail.ru Thank you for attention

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