Reader Story: Norman, Read to Lead Graduate, Highlands

Norman is Prison Literacies Liaison Officer in the Library Support Unit at the Highland Council. He attended the Read to Lead Residential in September 2009. This is his Reader Story in his own words:

Read to Lead training has expanded and enhanced the nature of my work, no doubt. I’ve always had a broad definition of what literacy is, and was used to running groups as part of my job, but Read to Lead and the Shared Reading model added a whole new dimension to my role. I now run a group at HMP Inverness Porterfield, and have been so impressed by seeing the model at work that I secured funding to commission a special Read to Lead course in Inverness in March 2011.

Training in the Shared Reading is essential: the process seems simple, when it’s done well, but beneath this there are complex capabilities involved.


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Reader Story: Gordon, Read to Lead Graduate, Westminster

Gordon is Learning Support Librarian at Maida Vale Library, Westminster. He attended the Read to Lead London Open Course in January 2011. This is his Reader Story in his own words:

This course equipped me with the whole range of skills and, just as importantly, the confidence needed to run a Shared Reading group at Maida Vale Library. On a very practical level, I’m now better at reading aloud to children, something I do a lot of in my job as a librarian. In particular, in tune with the course mantra I now read more slowly, which reveals the delights of the story in a very immediate way.

Most gratifyingly, the sense of accomplishment and purpose which I get from running my group has spilled over into a general increase in my job satisfaction.

I have to say that the absolute best thing about the training was the wonderful atmosphere of mutual support and generosity, skilfully engendered by the trainers and embraced both individually and collectively by the trainees. Everything fitted together in a perfect blend of theory and practice.


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