Roald Dahl – Top of the Form!

6142946853_49c55033ed_mRoald Dahl’s Charlie & the Chocolate Factory has been voted top of a list of books teachers consider that all children should read before they leave primary school in a new poll conducted by the Times Educational Supplement and the National Association of Teaching English.

500 teachers compiled a list of what they considered to be the best children’s stories, resulting in the following top ten:

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  2. Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  5. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  8. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  9. Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Those nostalgic to reclaim a little of their lost youth may be delighted to hear that we have copies of all but one of those stories among our stock – sadly, The Gruffalo was just a bit too big and rowdy to keep on our shelves!

Roald Dahl portrait by Sally, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Cricket, Lovely Cricket

9443235195_d706454c0d_kCricket fans rejoice – it’s an Ashes summer again, when England and Australia join battle in one of the oldest and most hotly contested sporting contests in the world.

We’re already two matches into the five Test series, and the play has proved scintillating; England gained an early advantage through a comprehensive 169-run victory in Cardiff, but then the Australians came roaring back this last weekend with a stunning 405-run annihilation at Lord’s – with a day to spare as well. With 3 Test matches remaining, everything is well set for another enthralling series.

‘The Ashes’ derived from a term used in mock obituary written in the Sporting Times newspaper when Australia beat England at the Oval in 1882, stating that “English cricket has died, and the body cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.” The following year England toured Australia and beat them, and England captain Ivo Bligh was presented with a small urn reputed to contain the ashes of the ball used by the English in the victory – and dubbed by the Australians as “the ashes of Australian cricket”. Thereafter, every Test match series between the two countries has been a contest to win or retain those Ashes. To the beginning of 2015, Australia hold a narrow advantage over England, by 32 series victories to 31 (with five drawn), with the Australians winning 126 individual matches to the English total of 103.

Loughborough University has a proud cricketing tradition itself – its male and female MCCU teams regularly win trophies – and can count several alumni from their ranks who have gone on to play international and Test cricket, including Sam Billings, Monty Panesar and Nick Knight.

We have a broad range of cricketing books on our shelves in the Library, including the controversial autobiography by former England captain Kevin Pietersen in our Leisure Reading collection upstairs on Level 4, and Scyld Berry & Rupert Peploe’s intriguing account of the story behind the genesis of the Ashes, Cricket’s Burning Passion: Ivo Bligh & the Story of the Ashes, which you can find among our other cricket history books downstairs in our sports section on Level 2. Why not have a browse?

The Ashes Urn image by David Holt, reproduced under CC License from Flickr.

Having a Clear-out? Don't Forget Us!

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It’s June already (where does the time go?!?) and that time of year when everyone is starting to pack up and look towards new horizons. It may very well be that you’ve accumulated quite a lot of ‘stuff’ during your time at University… including, we hope, a few books. Some you may end up keeping, but what about the rest?

Well, if you have any novels that you don’t think you’ll be taking with you, why not pass them on to us, so we can pass them on to others as part of our participation in the Book Crossing scheme which we’re running across campus.

Book Crossing is the leisure reading phenomenon with the aim of encouraging us all to read more for pleasure. Designed as a ‘read me then release’ me scheme, the way it works is that you take any book you fancy, then, once you’ve finished reading it, pass it on for someone else to enjoy. To add to the fun, every book has been given its own ID number, so you can track its journey via the website.

However, to keep the scheme rolling we do need a constant supply of books to keep the baskets topped up – and that’s where you come in! So, if you have any leisure reading-type books that you’re not going to take home with you, we’d really like to have them. Ideally we’d like good quality novels and biographies, autobiographies or memoirs. Please bring them to one of the Library desks, mentioning that they’re for the BookCrossing scheme, and we’ll do the rest!

International Students Book Club Poetry Evening

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The International Student Book Club will be meeting again next Tuesday evening (19th May) in the Library between 5-6pm, when Mike Wilson from the Workers’ Educational Authority will be leading a discussion about poetry.

The discussion will focus on two poems, Edward Thomas’s Adlestrop and Robert Frost’s The Road Not Taken, both reproduced above.

If you would like to know more, please email Sara Bosley ( s.l.c.bosley@lboro.ac.uk ). All students are welcome to the established Loughborough University Student Book Club where we discuss longer novels. For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library ( s.d.reid@lboro.ac.uk ) or why not join the discussion at the Club’s Facebook page?

Mental Health Awareness Week at the LSU

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The Student Union is participating in a local initiative to raise awareness of mental health this week – particularly relevant at this busy time of year for students!

The Charnwood Mental Health network, which is made up of organisations from across Charnwood, is supporting the campaign to encourage people to take time out of their daily routines to relax and help improve their wellbeing. The activities will take place from Monday, May 11th to Friday, May 15th. The full timetable of events is displayed above. Activities will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Don’t forget that the Library has a wide variety of different resources to help you cope with the stresses and strains of academic life, including an extensive range of self-help reading among our Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range on the shelves of our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week visit http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Find Elizabeth With the Student Book Club

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Why not take the edge off your exam preparations by joining in with the next meeting the Student Book Club on Monday 18th May, when the novel up for discussion is Emma Healey’s award-winning thriller Elizabeth is Missing. 

We’ll be meeting in the Library Staffroom as usual at 7pm – just ask at the Customer Services Desk for directions. All copies of the book have now been borrowed for the meeting, but you can still buy it for your Kindle or from local booksellers

For more information about the Club, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk, ext. 222403, or why not join the discussion on our Facebook page?

 

World Book Night – More Popular Than Ever!

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Our World Book Night stand this lunchtime was as popular as ever, as the picture above demonstrates – all the books and all the cake went within the first hour!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to stop by – we hope you enjoy your book, and we hope you enjoyed your cake! Don’t forget that we have loads more novels in our ever-expanding Leisure Reading section upstairs, so if you fancy a break from your text-books, pop upstairs for a browse. Or if reading really is your thing, why not join our friendly once-a-month Student Book Club?

(If you’d like to see more pictures from the event, nip across to the Library’s Facebook page, where we’ve posted some more shots in one of our galleries. Shout out if you spot yourself!)

Help Us Celebrate World Book Night on Thursday

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If you’re in the Library this Thursday lunchtime, why not stop by our stand in the Library foyer and help us celebrate World Book Night by grabbing yourself a FREE book and a delicious piece of home-made cake.

We’ll be giving away copies of three novels (you can find out which on the day) along with a selection of cakes and snacks. In previous years (including last year, pictured above) the books and cakes have disappeared in super quick-time, so it really is a case of first come, first served – pop along early to avoid missing out on a treat.

World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23rd April (we delayed our celebration for a week until you were all back from your Easter holidays!). It sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.

International Student Book Club

peaceful mind in libraryDo you like reading stories and meeting people from other cultures? Would you like to develop your skills in spoken English? If so, this club is for you. You will discover the pleasure of reading short books by well-known authors and sharing your ideas in a friendly, relaxed environment. The club is free to join and you will be provided with all the books we discuss on a first-come first-served basis.

If you would like to know more, please email Sara Bosley at s.l.c.bosley@lboro.ac.uk or just come to our meeting in the Library tomorrow (Tuesday 28th April) at 5pm.

All students are welcome to the established Loughborough University Student Book Club where we discuss longer novels. For more information, please contact Sharon Reid at the Library: s.d.reid@lboro.ac.uk ext. 222403, or why not join the Club’s Facebook page?

Image by Cassie Wang, an entry in our 2012 Photography Competition.

World Book Night 2015

wbnToday marks World Book Night, the annual celebration of books and reading. And if you’re wondering why the Library isn’t marking the occasion… well, we are, but we’ve simply decided to postpone the event until next week, once term has started and everyone is back to help us celebrate it!

So you are hereby formally invited to join us in the Library foyer on Thursday 30th April between 12.30 and 2.30pm. Drop by and pick up a free novel, take a look at our Leisure Reading display and, most important of all, sample our delicious refreshments! It will be first come, first served, so get here early!

World Book Night is run by the Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life. Every 23rd April volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. The Library is always proud to participate in the event, as previous blog entries show!