News from The Arthur Holt Librarydeveloper
This week, three members of The Arthur Holt Library team visited the Field Studies Centre in Woollamia to help catalogue the growing collection of books that we have established there. Now that the Year 9 boys spend an entire term at the centre, providing them with a range of reading materials and incentivising them to read them has been something of a priority for the library staff.
By all accounts the reading challenge that we set up at the start of this year has been a resounding success. The boys can earn points for the House Challenge by reading books, with extra points scored for choosing a book that has been labelled as ‘challenging’. According to the staff at the Field Studies Centre, the uptake has been phenomenal, with almost all the boys taking the time to read at least one book during their time at the Centre.
With that in mind, we decided to organise the existing collection into genres to make it easier for the boys to find the kinds of books that they might enjoy. We also plan to build on the collection in the coming months, so our visit provided an excellent opportunity to gauge which books are proving popular and which new books might prove to be worthy additions.
“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”
― Ursula K. LeGuin