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Reading For Pleasure

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go! Dr Seuss

We want to promote the importance of reading for your health and well being! Not only can books broaden your mind, but they can be very therapeutic, giving you an escape to somewhere else for a while, even if only within your own head.

“Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body”

Joseph Addison

why should you read? Exercise the brain, Improves imagination, Free travel, Improves vocabulary, Reduces Stress, Improves concentration, Develops creativity, Improves writing skills, Free entertainment!

Happiness is Books and a Brew

Help us build a Library community and share the love of READING…

“There is no greater joy than to share what you love with those who appreciate it”

Bernard Jan 
Author of ‘A World Without Colour’


Read and post a review about at least 3 different books on the Library Teams page to earn a free cuppa or a limited edition Library travel mug! They can be on any books you’ve read recently or even better, one that you’ve borrowed from us in the Library…

The book reviews can be in any format: you can use the template below, fill out the MS Form or get creative and make your own. If you don’t want to create a written piece, why not do something different and make a book trailer or a TikTok/BookTok? Whatever you decide to do, please post your review (or be happy to have it posted by us) on the Barnsley College Library Teams page to share with other students – if it’s not on there, it won’t count! Your views matter and who knows, you may encourage someone to read the book!

Library staff will monitor and record all posted reviews. You can keep track yourself via the library catalogue (staff will update your record with each submission) or with the free bookmarks available in the Library. When you’ve completed 3 reviews, we’ll treat you to a free regular sized hot drink from one of the College café services to enjoy with your next read!

To get you started:

The Reading Tree

In our effort to promote reading and literature, we have reinstated our digital reading tree!  Each tree will be based on a different genre/theme and all of the featured books will be available to borrow from the Library.  Simply select the title you want on the image below and it’ll take you to the catalogue to reserve your copy.  Don’t forget to check out the Libby app (details below) for even more amazing books.

This Tree:  Reading makes you Blossom

Drawing of a tree with books hanging from the branches

Have you browsed our fiction and reading for pleasure shelves?  Are there any titles we’ve missed? It would be great to hear your suggestions and recommendations! Feel free to email us with your thoughts or even a review of any titles that you’ve read so we can share the love of reading with other students.

email: curve@barnsley.ac.uk

Introducing Libby

Borrow ebooks and audiobooks without leaving home!

The Library are excited to introduce our new reading app: Libby!  Read and listen to books on the go with this FREE and easy to use app.

Getting started: Instructions

‘Barnsley College’ is our Library name and your student card is your library card.  If you have a library card with the Light Box in town, you can also link your Barnsley Library account to the Libby app to access an even wider range of books and magazines.

Please note: the Library’s collection is fairly new so please get in touch with your suggestions so we can tailor it to suit you.

Staff Suggestions

It probably won’t surprise you to learn that many of your library and teaching staff members are avid readers! We will, of course, always keep you updated with the latest book suggestions on our various themed displays throughout the year, but have you ever wondered what we read ourselves when we want to escape reality? During summer, a few of us wrote brief reviews about books we’d read in the hopes to inspire you to try something new and we hope to add to the collection with suggestions from other members of College staff in the coming months.

Below are the first few we collected or you can read them by selecting the relevant book image from the shelf below.

Last updated: 9th January 2024

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