How RGS Dropped Everything And Read
Poetry, novels, short stories, academic articles: just some of the resources that students (and staff) were reading last week during our first DEAR event, part of this term’s Wellbeing Festival to promote reflection, curiosity and personal growth. The Library hosted a Book Swap for students: an opportunity to clear their shelves of books they’d read and enjoyed and to replace them with new discoveries, donated by other students. This will certainly be repeated – it was great to eavesdrop on the conversations taking places as students recommended favourite reads to each other. The Get Caught Reading competition drew lots of interest, particularly from Lower School students and the display of finalists’ entries in the library shows how you can be completely engrossed in a good book whether at the Blackpool illuminations, on the edge of the Grand Canyon or surrounded by pumpkins! Well done to all our finalists: Rebekah B, Rebecca W, Jake H, Tyra L, Matthew O, Amelia S and Edward P who all received a prize.
Feedback from students suggests that many really appreciated the opportunity to spend time with a book. Compared with last year, borrowing statistics over the last fortnight showed almost twice as many books, both fiction and non-fiction, were taken out in 2018.