Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Roald Dahl Day

September is Roald Dahl's birth month, and each year is celebrated with a wonderful array of events centred around his birthday on 13th September - the official Roald Dahl Day. In 2014, it also marks the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

To commemorate both Roald Dahl Day and the anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, there will be Golden Tickets hidden around the college throughout the week. If you are a lucky finder of a Golden Ticket, then bring it along to the LRC for some fantabulous prizes. To keep up to date with the hunt, follow the LRC online Twitter feed - @SouthSeftonLRC to get clues and news about the elusive tickets. Happy hunting!

Just a little update: All the Golden Tickets have now been found. Thank you to everyone who got involved in the search. The lucky finders of the tickets are: Alexina Whitley, Liam Wade, Karl Whitley, Lauren Cusack, Kelsie Halsall, Charlotte Price, Paul Fitzpatrick, Hannah Gregory, Zoe Whitley and Sipho Rizik. Enjoy your sweet treats!

Monday, 8 September 2014

International Literacy Day

The 8th September 2014 marks the celebration of International Literacy Day. UNESCO has decided that this year, the theme is 'Literacy and Sustainable Development'.

Literacy is a human right, a tool of personal empowerment and a means for social and human development. Educational opportunities depend on literacy.

Literacy is at the heart of basic education for all, and essential for eradicating poverty, reducing child mortality, curbing population growth, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development, peace and democracy. There are good reasons why literacy is at the core of Education for All (EFA).

Welcome back!

A warm welcome to the new year 12 student intake; I hope you all enjoyed your first full week as college students last week! You survived, only 34 more weeks to go.

Also, a sincere welcome back to the year 13 students. The hard work starts here. As a reminder for you all - the important information about the LRC:

The LRC is the perfect place to find support and assistance; the LRC Manager and the volunteer Student Librarians can help with resources and services, the IT Team is available for technical support or if you need careers guidance, then the FE/HE Advisor is based in the LRC.

The LRC houses a suite of PCs, Apple Macs and a catalogue of subject specific and extended reading resources in a variety of formats to fit each student; so if you prefer print, multimedia or online resources there is something for everyone.

There is an environment to suit individual needs, with three distinct spaces to choose from; the spacious quiet study area inside the LRC, the balcony or the group study zone outside the LRC.

The LRC is a place to relax or study in a friendly and informal atmosphere and just as the kitchen is said to be the heart of the home, the LRC is the heart of the college.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Literature events in June, at the Bluecoat

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 | 1.00 PM - 2.30 PM | Tickets: Free
Informal meetings for those interested in creative writing, from poetry to short story writing.
Book Fair
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 - Sat, 21 Jun 2014 | 10.30 AM - 5.00 PM | Tickets: Free
Collectible books and lots of bargains.
Deep Seas & Dead Fathers
Sun, 22 Jun 2014 | 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM | Tickets: Free
Literary walking tour. This event is free, booking is recommended. Please contact Tickets & Information on 0151 702 5324 or info@thebluecoat.org.uk to reserve your place.
Liverpool Poetry Cafe
Thu, 26 Jun 2014 | 7.30 PM - 9.30 PM | Tickets: £4/3 
Monthly readings by the very best contemporary poets continue with Sean Street and Alicia Stubbersfield with music by Dominic Williams.
Joyce in June
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 | 3.30 PM - 5.30 PM | Tickets: Free
Join Leopold Bloom to remember his odyssey through Dublin on a sunny June day in 1904. James Joyce's modernist masterpiece is celebrated through music, song and readings from Ulysses.

Tickets and Information
0151 702 5324 | info@thebluecoat.org.uk

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

What's going on in June, at Waterstone's Liverpool One?


Lunchtime Classics: Exegesis by Philip K. Dick
Presented by Nicole McDonald
Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

An Evening With Viv Albertine
Viv Albertine
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys
Leaf, 65-67 Bold St, Liverpool L1 4EZ
Wednesday, 11 June 2014, 7:00PM
Tickets are £5/4 and available in store or call 0151 709 9820

An Evening with Holly Smale and Sally Green
Picture Perfect: Geek Girl 3
Thursday, 12 June 2014, 6:00PM
Tickets are £2

Science Fiction and Fantasy Bookclub
21st Century Science Fiction
Monday, 16 June 2014, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Graphic Novel Bookclub
Battle Royale and My friend Dahmer
Monday, 16 June 2014, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Lunchtime Classics: House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds
Presented by Dr. Will Slocombe
Thursday, 19 June 2014, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Lunchtime Classics: Butcher's Crossing by John Williams
Presented by Lee Rooney
Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Join Us For Our LGBT Bookclub
Why be Happy When You Could be Normal?
Tuesday, 24 June 2014, 6:00PM

Smashing Physics
An Evening With CERN Physicist John Butterworth
Friday, 27 June 2014, 6:30PM
Tickets are £5 (£4 for Loyalty Card holders) and are available in store or by calling 0151 709 9820

The Knowledge - How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch
Dr Lewis Dartnell
Rum Warehouse, Titanic Hotel Liverpool, Stanley Dock, Regents Road, Liverpool L3 0AN
Saturday, 28 June 2014, 6:00PM
Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) and available via www.liverpoolsciencefestival.com

An Evening with Ruby Wax
Sane New World: Taming the Mind
Rum Warehouse, Titanic Hotel Liverpool, Stanley Dock, Regents Road Liverpool L3 0AN
Saturday, 28 June 2014, 8:00PM
Tickets are £10 (£8 for concessions) and available from www.liverpoolsciencefestival.com

An Evening with Joe Abercrombie
Half a King - Shattered Sea 1
Monday, 30 June 2014, 7:00PM
Tickets £3 / £2 with a loyalty card

Further details for all events available: 0151 709 9820

RM Books

The college has it's own eBook platform called RM Books for staff and students.

For more information about RM Books at South Sefton College and how to use it, please click here.

To access the RM Books website, please click on the RM Books tab at the top of the page or alternatively, please click here.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Romance Festival

Join the Romance Festival 2014 on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June to meet your favourite romantic fiction authors, chat to other readers and writers, and get the lowdown on the best in romance, all without leaving the comfort of your own home!

Saturday 7th June, 2014: Professional development day
  • Ask industry editors for tips and advice with our hourly #ScriptDoctor
  • Getting the most out of Goodreads
  • Advice on how to work with literary agents
  • Tips on how to get your book reviewed
  • Tips from multi-million selling authors
  • Advice for new authors
  • How to create great book covers
  • Tips on making writing your career
  • Q&A with online retailers
And much much more.

Sunday 8th June, 2014: Reader spotlight
If you love romance fiction and love authors, this is the day for you
  • Mhairi McFarlane will interview Jill Mansell and find out about her new book
  • Sheila O’Flanagan will be interviewed on Twitter
  • Google Hangout with Lindsey Kelk
  • RomCom Google Hangout with Katy Regan, Alexandra Brown, Mhairi McFarlane
  • Historical romance hour with your favourite authors
  • Witching hour with the best in paranormal romance
  • Romance in YA discussion hosted by Liz De Jager
  • Facebook chat with Marie Force
  • Love letters with Carmel Harrington
  • The men of romance session
  • Discussion on the taboos in romance
  • Dating tips
  • Wedding advice from Samantha Birch
  • Plus loads of book give-aways and prizes.

To find out more information: www.romance-festival.com

Monday, 2 June 2014

Chapter 5

Are you proud to be bookish? Do you want a free wristband?

Then come to the LRC and pick up yours now (limited supply, first come, first serve basis).

Featuring author exclusives, news, competitions, and lots and lots of book talk, Chapter 5 is a new Young Adult Literature platform run by the YA team at Hodder & Stoughton publishers.

To be in with the chance to win a bundle of brilliant books, then check out Chapter 5 – You can find them online via Twitter @Chapter5Books or on Facebook at facebook.com/Chapter5Books

For more information about Hodder & Stoughton, please click here.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Literature events in May, at the Bluecoat

Thursday, 15 May 2014
Informal meetings for those interested in creative writing, from poetry to short stories.
Tickets: Free, drop in

Book Fair
Friday, 16 May 2014 - Saturday, 17 May 2014
Collectible books and lots of bargains.
Tickets: Free

WOW Festival 2014 presents Spy in the Camp
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Author Phil Scraton joins author Rob Evans and Janet Alder, campaigning for justice after her brother Christopher Alder died in a police cell. They will be discussing the revelations of deceit and betrayal by the police, unmasking espionage, phone-hacking and privacy violation.
Part of this year's Writing on The Wall Festival: ShellShock. Events take place throughout May, for the full programme please visit writingonthewall.org.uk
Tickets:£5/3          Book:Online

Liverpool Poetry Cafe: An Evening with Owen Sheers
Thursday, 22 May 2014
A rare chance to hear the celebrated Welsh poet, author and TV presenter Owen Sheers read from his award-winning poetry collections. The Blue Book, Skirrid Hill and verse drama Pink Mist.

Saturday, 24 May 2014
Workshops for sharing stories and developing your story-telling technique. www.liverpoolstorytelling.co.uk
Tickets: Donations from £2.50 during session

Bluecoat Literary Walk: Down to the Sea in Ships
Sunday, 25 May 2014
City centre walk exploring seafaring stories from local writers Malcolm Lowry, James Hanley, George Garrett, and J G Farrell and Linda Grant, visiting waterfront places referenced by Melville and others, Gaskell and Masefield.
Tickets: Free, booking recommended

Tickets and Information

0151 702 5324 | info@thebluecoat.org.uk

What's going on in May, at Waterstone's Liverpool One?


Graphic Novel Bookclub: Animal Man and Sweet Tooth
Sweet Tooth: Out of the Woods Volume 1
Monday, 19 May 2014, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Lunchtime Classics: Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. Presented by Dr. Chris Williams and Owen Teale
Under Milk Wood: The Definitive Edition
Tuesday, 20 May 2014, 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Teen Book Club
The Fault in Our Stars
Wednesday, 21 May 2014, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Half-Term Fun With Jon Mayhew!
Jon Mayhew
Monster Odyssey: The Wrath of the Lizard Lord
Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 2:00PM

Meet Francesca Simon & Horrid Henry!
Francesca Simon
Horrid Henry's Krazy Ketchup - Horrid Henry 1
Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 2:30PM

LGBT Bookclub: Other Voices, Other Rooms and Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Other Voices, Other Rooms
Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Celebrate The World Cup With John Barnes!
2014 FIFA World Cup Brazi Official Book
Thursday, 29 May 2014, 5:00PM - 6:00PM

An Evening With Liz Kershaw
Liz Kershaw
The Bird and the Beeb
Liverpool One Bridewell, Campbell Square, Liverpool L1 5FB
Thursday, 29 May 2014, 7:00PM
Tickets are £4/3 and available in store or call 0151 709 9820

Further details for all events available: 0151 709 9820

Monday, 31 March 2014

LRC FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: How many resources can I borrow and for how long?
A: You are allowed 5 books at any one time. Book loans are for two weeks. Multimedia loans are shorter, for example, DVD loans are for 1 week.
Q: What if I haven't finished with the book when it is due back?
A: As long as no one else has reserved it you can ask to have it renewed for a further two weeks. You can do this by either bringing the book to the LRC, by phoning the LRC Helpdesk on 0151 288 6348 or via e-mail on leane.kinsella@sssfc.ac.uk

Q: What happens if I am late returning my books?
A: There are no charges for late or overdue loans, but not returning the resources means that other students do not have access to the resources. Even if your book is late back, it is still worth getting in touch to renew it as it stops the resource as being flagged up as overdue on the system.
Q: What can I do if I can't find the books that I need?
A: If the books are in stock but on loan to another student, the LRC team can reserve them using the online catalogue for you. If the books are not in stock you can put in a request (via the suggestion box in the LRC or by email) and we will try to obtain them for you by buying a copy for stock.
Q: Is it easy to find the books and information I'm looking for in the LRC?
A: Not always! Resources are catalogued according to the Dewey Decimal System of Classification, where each subject is assigned a number. If you cannot find the specific resource you are looking for in the subject section, the LRC team are here to help. Just ask!