For the second year running, Huddersfield New College's Library has joined with The Reading Agency to run The Six Book Challenge. The challenge encourages students to sign up to read and review six pieces within a set period of time. Students could read anything, from fiction to magazine articles, as the challenge aims to encourage more than just reading books; at the end of the challenge, we hope that we've managed to turn non-readers in to avid readers!
2015 saw an increase in HNC students signing up to, and completing, the challange and to celebrate this success, the College invited local author Rachel McIntyre to attend and present the awards. Rachel, who until recently was a teacher at the College, jumped at the chance to come back! Before presenting the awards, Rachel discussed her first book ‘Me & Mr J’, her upcoming publications and answered students' questions about the creative writing process. After discussing the varied reads the students now had under their belt, Rachel said: “The great thing about reading is there is something for everyone.” We couldn't have put it better ourselves, Rachel!
Each student who took part in the Challenge received a certificate of participation and was entered into a prize draw. Although all the participants are winners in our eyes, only six winners could take away a prize. Congratulations go to Zaenab, Mu'Aaz, Vanda, Aimee-Jo and Kitty, who bagged themselves a book and a Six Book Challenge mug! Special mention goes to Leona, who was lucky enought to win the grand prize draw and took home a Kindle Paperwhite.

Rebecca Wilson, College Librarian, said “Although some students who completed the challenge this year will be leaving us this summer, they will hopefully be encouraged to keep on reading no matter what life throws at them, whether it’s challenging university study or demanding careers. The majority of completers this year are only in their first year at HNC and I hope that their success this year will spur them on to have another go next year where we may see student participation increase even more.”

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