Christmas Hamper & Money For Glebe House

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Once again you have all been very generous. We have put together a Christmas food hamper and raised money for Glebe House.  This is a fantastic facility offering support to our students.

We have raised £62.03p; some of this was from sales of our handmade festive decorations and some was from donations to our book exchange.

Our Gift Tree was once again a big success. People could take handmade baubles from the tree and in return donate the item printed on it (biscuits, chocolate etc) to the hamper.

Many thanks for your generosity and support.

The Library team wish all students and staff a very Merry Christmas.

 

 

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Library Christmas Tree & Gifts

library-christmas-tree-finishedOur Christmas tree is one with a difference. On it you will find handmade baubles, these are made from damaged or out of date books; on the bauble you will see something written(food items or toiletries)simply take a bauble for your own tree and leave the item in the hamper under the tree.

The hamper is for the students who use Glebe House at our Nuneaton campus. Help make Christmas special for these students and get a unique bauble for your own tree.

 

We are also selling handmade decorations and mini Christmas trees. The trees are £3.00 each. The other decorations are 50p each. All money received goes to Glebe House.

 

Please speak to staff if you want to buy something. Merry Christmas.  🙂

 

 

 

Books recommended by the Library team for World Book Day – March 3rd 2016

To share the joy of reading, some of the Library team have chosen books they’ve enjoyed and would recommend to others. Get in touch and let us know about the books that you would recommend.

 

The Dark Tower ScannedDeborah Cairns -Systems Librarian

Stephen King – The Dark Tower series

I know, it’s not A book, it’s seven – but you could argue it’s seven chapters in the same story.I enjoyed reading it so much, that when I finished, I started all over again. (If you read it, you’ll understand why that’s not so daft)

The story has a bit of everything: a quest; romance; love; fighting; betrayal; honour; companionship; good; evil. There are gunslingers; monsters; vampires; wizards; demons; robots; evil trains and billy bumblers – even the author makes an appearance! As with everything Stephen King writes, the story is well written with incredible detail and imagination; the characters are believable both as people and in the way they gel together as a group.

I liked the way all their back stories connected and gave them clues and meaning to the situations they found themselves in.

Having read most of King’s books, I liked the way many of them connected to this one – I found references to IT; The Stand; Desperation; Insomnia; Black House; Salem’s Lot amongst others. I probably didn’t catch them all. But, you don’t have to have read all these others to enjoy this story, it stands very well on its own and gives the reader plenty of food for thought.

Go then, there are worlds other than these…

 

A Streetcat Named Bob ScannedMadeleine Langham – Learning Resources Assistant

 A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen

This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. The book tells the true story of how in 2007 a stray cat and a homeless man called James befriended one another.

James called the cat Bob, nursed him back to health and Bob in return proved to be a loyal and valuable friend and a constant source of joy. Bob helped James recover from his drug addiction. James and Bob became YouTube sensations when videos of James busking with Bob on the streets of London went viral.

Anyone who has ever been privileged enough to receive unconditional love from a cat knows just how special the bond between human and feline is. Cats are so affectionate and always seem to be able to judge our moods and emotions, unlike a dog you cannot order a cat to stay with you, they choose when to spend time with you and when not to. When they do stay with you it’s much more meaningful because you know that they have chosen to be with you.

This is a beautiful and inspirational book. A must read for cat lovers everywhere and for anyone who may be going through a tough time and is in need of some cheering up.

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Zaheda Dadabhai- Learning Resources Assistant
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman.

I really enjoyed all the books by this author and I would definitely recommend this one.

It highlights the way that people react and live because of their colour.  How it used to be in schools when black people were not allowed in schools where the people of other races used to attend.

Paul Sawyer – Learning Resources Assistant
Richard Sanders – Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football

A book primarily for the purist but so highly recommended if you have an interest in not only Football history, but British history in general and specifically the Victorian era.

Richard Sander’s meticulous research illustrates how the traditional, frankly wild and extremely troublesome small town ball games evolved into something much more controlled via its adoption by the upper classes and its public school fraternity. He explains how the working class then ‘stole’ it and adapted it into the hugely successful game we know today. Along the way, we discover the games pioneers, its characters and its milestones.

We find out how the hierarchy of this country perceived it as a means of keeping the working class out of the pubs and ale houses of the day and we also learn how factory workers ‘moonlighted’ as fully paid Footballers during a time of a maximum capped wage. ‘Beastly Fury: The Strange Birth of British Football’ is an acquired taste, but it explains how significant the games impact had on society from all aspects of the social spectrum.

Jane Eyre ScannedHelen Ambrose – Senior Learning Resources Assistant

My favourite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

I love the way it is really the first book to openly discuss the importance of women’s education, and also that there is discussion of equality (between Jane and Rochester), but also implicitly between men and women in general.The characterization in the book is fantastic. I’d recommend it to anyone who wants to read one of the best written books in English literature. The main characters of Jane and Rochester have a fantastic spark between them.

 The Devil's Star ScannedGiovanna Goodridge – Learning Resources Assistant

I have recently read “The Devil’s Star” by Jo Nesbo. It is the third book in a trilogy and my only regret is that I should have read the books in the order they were written.

However, I found it well written with a clever plot,  gripping, and well structured. The main character of a Scandinavian alcoholic cop chasing after a serial killer makes it an excellent and tense thriller that is hard to put down.

A good read and I look forward to reading the other books written by Jo Nesbo.

Lesley John-Librarian

I have enjoyed reading the books by Scott Mariani about the former SAS soldier Ben Hope.

The first book is “The Alchemist’s Secret”. Ben accepts a contract to find a manuscript that is believed to contain a formula for the elixir of life. With his accomplice he fights his way across France to the temple of Cathar and the climax of the story.

All the books in this series are exciting and gripping all the way through. They are similar in style to the books by Dan Brown and if you enjoy those you will like Scott Mariani.

£115 raised for Glebe House

Glebe House 1Thanks to your generosity the Library has raised £115 for Glebe House. This money is from sales of our Christmas decorations, Christmas raffle and money donated to the Library book exchange. Our Gift Tree was a big hit again this year and there was lots of food and other items left in the hamper under the tree.

The hamper and money were presented to Glebe House staff this morning. Thank you everybody, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Book Art Gift

Coutts SurpriseAs a prize for taking part in a questionnaire from our book suppliers Coutts, we have received this amazing book art.

It’s currently being displayed at the Hinckley campus Library. Next time you’re in come and take a look.

Library Last Month – April 2015

Loans across all sites – 1,767

(Nun – 1,320/HC – 447)

  • April 2014 – 1,347

Slightly more books, DVDs and equipment were borrowed last month compared to the same month last year.

Active borrowers – 429

  • April 2014 – 495

Fewer students and staff used the library to borrow resources compared to the same month last year.

Reservations – 4

  • April 2014 – 7

Fewer reservations were placed for library items compared to the same month last year.

E-book page views – 5,225

  • April 2014 – 6,216

Decline in e-books use compared to the same month last year.

Most popular e-books:

  • BTEC Level 3 Business Book 2
  • BTEC Level 3 National Business, Book 1
  • BTEC Level 3 National in IT (2nd Edition)
  • Ethical Issues in Youth Work
  • Key Facts Contract Law, Fourth Edition

ClickView users – 26

  • April 2014 – 132

ClickView allows recording of TV programmes, and streams them to classrooms and home on demand.

ClickView titles accessed last month –57 (327 views overall)

  • April 2014 – 34 (267 views overall).

Most popular programmes:

  • Indie game: the movie.
  • Mary Portas secret shopper: Programme 01
  • Life after suicide.
  • Secret world of Haute Couture

And more…

  • Deborah Cairns – will be our new systems Librarian from 1st June
  • Zaheda helped with henna painting in the refectory for E & D which was a huge success.
  • We have had a number of new books in the library.
  • New display highlighting various travel resources.
  • Juliet Simm – has volunteered to come in on Wednesdays to do some work experience in the Library.

 

 

 

                    

First 6 Months

Lesley JohnMy name is Lesley John. I have been in the post of Group Library Services Manager for 6 months now. This role is covering South Leicestershire College Library and North Warwickshire and Hinckley College Library.  I have been the Library Services Manager for South Leicestershire College for the last 7 years. My new role is across the Federated colleges. So, the last 6 months have been learning my way around the role at NWHC – getting to know the library staff and the curriculum staff. I have been looking at applying best practice from each college. The colleges operate in different ways, but are combining the way they work, and this is an on-going process. My role is to guide the libraries through the next phase of the federation improvements and to make sure we provide an excellent customer service to all our learners and staff. All the staff have made me very welcome at NWHC and I have enjoyed the first six months of my new job.