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Try Reading - a celebration case study

Posted Wednesday 5 March 2014 by Ed Head

We are pulling together good news stories of things that happened during the Try Reading project.

This video highlights some of the events, displays and exhibitions that took place in Wigan and Leigh. We were lucky that the video artist, Michael Wray of Zemap, was available to cover this in a concentrated few days. With more time and resources we could have made similar videos across the whole of the North West and Yorkshire regions - so many great high-quality events happened and so many people were enriched and inspired by the experience.

Our thanks to everyone who took part in the making of the film.

Until You Try

Posted Friday 6 December 2013 by Ed Head in Libraries

On Saturday RLWC2013 ended with the Final at Old Trafford. Try Reading is also drawing to a close, but it's not over yet! On Wednesday we had an event to thank all the people who have been involved in the project and celebrate the amazing achievements. We will be blogging about those over the next few days and weeks. 

The highlight of our event was our last writing commission for Try Reading. We commissioned the renowned performance poet Tony Walsh - also known as Longfella - to create a piece that connects reading, libraries and rugby league. Watch the video of Tony performing Until You Try.

You can also read the poem and more about Longfella.

Stay with us a little bit longer to hear about all the great things that have happened during Try Reading.

Rugby League World Cup honours the Six Book Challenge

Posted Wednesday 4 December 2013 by Brenda in Events, Libraries, Six Book Challenge

Development librarian Janet Puzylo who works for Livewire Warrington, received a Bronze award for the number of people who have comeeted the shceme.A special presentation ceremony during half time at the Rugby League World Cup final at Old Trafford served as a final celebration for the year-long partnership between The Reading Agency and RLWC2013 to deliver the Six Book Challenge and encourage less confident readers in areas typically populated by Rugby League fans.

The Six Book Challenge invites adult literacy learners and less confident readers to read six books and record their progress in a diary in order to receive a certificate. It is being increasingly recognised as a key intervention using reading for pleasure to help tackle this country's continuing skills deficit. Key partners in bringing the Six Book Challenge to Rugby League fans, using specially branded materials, have been public library services, workplaces and trade unions.

England international and Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Jones-Buchanan, who is a Six Book Challenge ambassador said: "It's been an honour to be associated with this project. I know first-hand that it has had an extremely positive effect on the literacy and lives of hundreds of adults and young people, and I'm pleased to have played just a small part in the process."

Find out more about the honours at the Reading Agency Website

Try Reading at Bolton Libraries

Posted Monday 2 December 2013 by Brenda in Libraries, Young People

Bolton’s Library Services have been delighted to take part in the Arts Council sponsored Try Reading promotion for 2013.

Public library services are working together to celebrate Rugby League World Cup and to get more people reading. Over 150 events, including author talks, writing workshops and drama events have been taking place across the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside to highlight this international competition until the end of November.

In Bolton, the project kicked off in May, where reception classes from Bolton School and Sacred Heart Primary School in Westhoughton received a special visit from Grubber Bear, the Rugby League World Cup 2013 Mascot. Library staff and professional rugby players also made an appearance to launch the picture book specially commissioned for Try Reading ‘What’s a Bear to Wear’ by Tom Palmer.

In July, Bolton library staff visited St James (Daisy Hill) CE Primary School, whose year 4 pupils were winners of the Try Reading “Welcome Haka” workshop. Children took part in two workshops combining words and dance to create a welcome Haka for the arrival of the Fijian Rugby Team to Bolton in October 2013.

We were also delighted to welcome Children’s author Tom Palmer (author of ‘Scrum’ and ‘What’s a Bear to Wear’) to Bolton Central Library as part of our sports themed July Super Saturday. Families were invited to take part in a free rugby game, which featured a quiz about reading taken from newspapers, books and magazines about Rugby. Those who answered correctly competed in a penalty taking competition, with the winner receiving a trophy. Tom also talked about how he became an author and offered advice on all aspects of writing.

In late September, drama enthusiasts from St James's C of E High School in Farnworth enjoyed a special workshop based around the play 'Broken Time', hosted by Three Stones Media.

The play, written and directed by Mick Martin, is set in the 1890s and is based on the birth of rugby league. The children watched as Jo, Matt and Dean of Three Stones Media acted out a scene from the play and then had an opportunity to discuss the scene, as well as acting out some role play for themselves.

The project has culminated with a number of events that took place throughout October, including a ‘Rugby on Paper’ panel discussion with industry writers, publishers and current and former international Rugby players Phil Caplan, Tony Hannan, Ray French and Dave Hadfield.

We were delighted to welcome authors Billy Isherwood and Andy Holgate to Bolton Central Library, and local author Geoff Lee to Westhoughton Library who all gave inspiring and insightful talks.

This project has enabled Bolton Library Services to develop partnerships with local schools, Rugby clubs, authors, actors and libraries throughout the North West, Yorkshire and Humberside, and we hope to continue these relationships long after the project has been completed.

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