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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Recreational Reading Kicks Off at Unitec Library

The Main Library at Unitec’s Mt. Albert Campus recently launched a brand new section for reading and circulation. The library staff celebrated the launch on 3 August in the HUB dressed as classic literary characters and serving sausages. The recreational reading section is located on the second floor, to the right of the top of the main staircase.
Mariette McClement, Manager of Information & Learning Services at the Library explains, “The recreational reading collection was developed in response to a Tertiary Education Commission initiative to enhance literacy skills.  By encouraging students to read for leisure we can hopefully contribute to improving their literacy skills and foster a love of reading”

The library has only begun its collection of recreational reading books. Staff members at the library are taking suggestions for new titles to add to the collection - to make recommendations use the via suggestion box in the Library, or email us or leave a comment below.

 “The wide range of suggestions we've received truly represent our diverse range of students , with authors ranging  from Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh to Stephenie Meyer and Ant Sang and titles ranging from classics like "Pride and Prejudice" to graphic novels like "X-Men" says McClement.

The check-out policy for recreational reading remains the same as for academic material. Books can be borrowed for up to thirty days and can be renewed once. Students already seem very excited about the reading initiative.

Three students who attended the launch BBQ; Sonia, Yolisha, and Sam, offered their opinion on the new reading options, “there will be a lot more interest in visiting the library now that they offer more popular fiction” These particular book lovers said that they would put the recreational reading section to use on a weekly basis.

Plus for more cheap reading options, Long Black CafĂ© in Building 1 has launched a public “book swap”. The policy is to bring some literature to take some literature. The book exchange will accept anything from magazines to fiction novels.

This news article was written and  published By inunison | Published Friday, 12 August, 2011

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