Training: Reading activity workshops



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"This was a wonderful, informative and intersting day."Teacher.

"Smashing ideas. Really worthwhile training."Public Library Staff.

"Thank you. I wasn't exactly sure if I was going to enjoy today or if I would leave with practical ideas to use, however both of these have been achieved."Teacher.

The effect on staff has been overwhelming.
Kate Turner, Resources Librarian & Libraries Training Officer, Cheshire Libraries.

I've worked with Jerry as a colleague, and have also contracted him to deliver training courses for the programmes I work with, particularly Chatterbooks, Young Cultural Creators, and TRF (Their Reading Futures). I've always found him a great colleague - knowledgeable and inspiring, delivering high-quality and stimulating training, and always up-to-date, pertinent and thoroughly-researched consultancy work
Tricia Kings, Freelance Librarian, Trainer, and Manager of Young Cultural Creators.

Practical, 'hands on' workshops introducing participants to ready-to-use reading activities for children, teenagers or adults. Sessions also support participants in creating new activities suitable for reading groups and other reader development situations.

As with all of Jerry's training, sessions can be tailored to specific local needs. Jerry is also happy to create new courses. Training is adaptable to Library, School, Archive, Theatre, Arts, Museum, Heritage, Sports and Leisure settings. The focus can be work with children, teenagers or adults or the full range of service provision.

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Areas explored:

  • A brief introduction to reader development and to outcomes-based planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • The right mix: reading activities for different situations
  • Using activities to support service promotion and advocacy
  • Exploiting staff skills
  • 'Ready-to-use' reading activities for children, teenagers or adults - an introduction to selected icebreakers, reading group activities, whole-school or ongoing activities, consultation and feedback activities
  • Doing it... 'rehearsing' reading activities
  • Creating new activities
  • Personal action planning

If you need further information, or would like to discuss your training or consultancy requirements, please e mail or phone 07950 408347.

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