World Book Day 2011

World Book Day 2011

Tameside College celebrated World Book Day in style this year with fancy dress, competitions and free books given to people of all ages.

The day started with the college Principal, Peter Ryder, reading the popular Eric Carle book, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to children in the college crèche. The children were also joined by Library assistant, Angela Duxbury, who captured their imagination by wearing a ‘hungry caterpillar’ style fancy dress costume, skilfully created by the college’s Fashion students. The children were all presented with their own copy of the book to enjoy at home, which echoes the main aim of World Book Day by encouraging the pleasure of reading at a young age.

In the afternoon, Library staff hosted a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, inspired by the world famous novel ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Staff dressed up as their favourite characters from the book whilst Hair & Beauty students provided the finishing touch to the fancy dress with face paints and hair styling. Students from the Dovestones centre also showed their creative side by producing ‘Mad Hat’ designs, which were enjoyed by students and staff who visited the library during the event.

Two days after World Book Day, the college library also took part in World Book night, which represents the most ambitious and far-reaching celebration of adult books ever attempted in the UK and Ireland. Members of staff contributed to the overall goal of giving away an amazing one million books. The books all hold a unique reference number that is then registered online at www.worldbooknight.org, to enable the book’s journey to be tracked.

Library Manager, Caroline Axon, commented “I think the World Book Day events were fantastic. By inviting students, staff and local residents to our libraries we were able to promote a welcoming environment and show the variety of books available for study and leisure. It was great to see new faces and I hope that they take the opportunity to visit again”.