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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.

Full-Time for Try Reading at LiveWire

Posted Tuesday 26 November 2013 by Brenda in Libraries

Try Reading LogoLiveWire celebrate Warrington’s success as a Rugby League World Cup host town, as the whistle blows on the national Try Reading Project.
Over the last three months LiveWire has held a series of events linked to the Rugby League World Cup 2013, encouraging the people of Warrington to get reading.
The project officially kicked off in August as children’s writer and author Tom Palmer, visited Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, to run rugby reading games with local families.
The Risktakers at St Peter's School WarringtonSt Peter’s Roman Catholic Primary School was the next stop for LiveWire as they worked with the pupils to create a Haka celebrating Warrington in homage to the Samoan Team.
International author, illustrator and former Marvel editor Tim Quinn and playwright and poet Cathy Crabb Cathy Crabb at a Creative drama and writing event in Warrington Libraryfollowed in October as they held workshops in Orford and Warrington library. Tim provided hints and tips to the budding illustrators of Warrington on how to bring their own superheroes to life, whilst Cathy used LiveWire’s digitised archives as inspiration for creative writing and storytelling with a Rugby League theme.
The project culminated in a special appearance from Tony Walsh, one of the UK’s most renowned performance poets, and writers when he visited Great Sankey High School on the 17th October. Twenty young people attended the session where Tony helped them produce some powerful and very personal material. One student said “He is an inspiration to me.”
Fiona Barry, LiveWire’s Community Libraries Manager said “Try Reading has been a great project and the perfect opportunity to reach new audiences in Warrington. We have held events, activities and competitions for the whole family in the run up to the Rugby League World Cup and received excellent feedback from the public and local schools we have worked alongside. The atmosphere in Warrington surrounding the Rugby League World Cup has been incredible and we have been proud to be part of this very special event.”

Bolton Library meet the Fijian rugby team

Posted Wednesday 20 November 2013 by Brenda

Bolton Library recently had a visit from the Fijian rugby team from the Rugby World Cup 2013 as part of Try Reading, one of the players Alipate Noilea brought his 10 month old son.

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