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#PetrocReads5 Reading Challenge – A great success!

In February Learning Technologies and Library services challenged all staff and students to read and review at least 5 books before the end of the academic year.

Over 150 staff and students signed up and between them they read over 260 books ranging from Great Expectations to Danny Champion of the World!

28 readers completed the challenge and many said that they had read more as a result of signing up and that they had really enjoyed getting back into reading for pleasure.collage

Readers who really wanted to challenge themselves had to select a book from each of 5 different genres and while quite a few did manage to complete this more advanced challenge, for some, the challenge was simply to complete 5 books of their choice. We were delighted that so many signed up – many online through a Google form which we created and made available on our Library page but also through manual sign up sheets for students less digitally inclined. We asked readers to write a review of each book that they read, either posting it online through a forum on our Moodle page or filling out a special book review form. We were able to monitor progress as these were handed in or posted. Readers were also invited to post on Twitter @PetrocLTLS  using #PetrocReads5 about books they were reading and we used this thread to share reading ideas and other book related chat.

To encourage students to sign up and keep reading we were able to offer monthly draw prizes very generously supplied by Scott Cinemas, Barnstaple and Merlin Cinemas, Tiverton as well as the Liberty Centre and Exe Cafes at Petroc. We also offered a draw for all completers which included prizes kindly donated by Queen’s Theatre Barnstaple and Tiverton Community Arts Theatre.

We were delighted to invite many of the students who had taken part to a tea party where they were presented with specially designed certificates to celebrate their reading over the year and all completers received an e-certificate in recognition of their achievement.

We have hugely enjoyed the #PetrocReads5 Challenge as have our readers and we look forward to making the challenge even bigger and better next year!!

 

 

 

 

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