EVENT: January 2014 Six Book Challenge

Six Book Challenge
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The official launch of this year’s Six Book Challenge took place at The Forum Southend-on-Sea building on Thursday 16th January 2014. On the day, library staff were joined by adult learners, local college tutors and community partners for a premiere of a specially produced short film about the Six Book Challenge reading scheme using The Forum’s “Big Screen”.

The video was filmed entirely on location in The Forum and features interviews with successful Challenge participants from the college, who share their personal stories of improved literacy skills and boosted reading confidence. The aim of the film is to spread the word about the Six Book Challenge and to encourage even more people to rediscover the many benefits of reading for pleasure. The film was directed by locally-based Enigma Productions (www.enigmaproductions.co.uk)

The film is introduced by professional jazz musician andone-time librarian Digby Fairweather, who is backing this year’s scheme in his role as the town’s official “Six Book Challenge Champion”. Regular film screenings will take place over the next few weeks on The Forum Big Screen and the film can also be viewed on Southend Libraries YouTube channel.

The Challenge scheme invites less confident readers to read any six books or other reading resources of their own choice, and then express their views in a free diary. Devised by The Reading Agency, the idea is to help people get back into reading - in many cases for the first time. Participants receive a certificate of achievement on successfully completing the Challenge by late May each year. To take part, people can pick up a free registration forms at any library in the Borough.

In 2014, libraries hope to get scores of local residents hooked on books and staff and students from The College have already started signing up. Last year a total of 139 people unde rtook the scheme, Which helped Southend clinch a silver award from best-selling author and national Six Book Challenge Ambassador, Andy McNab, the hope is this year that Southend will be going for gold!