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Avid readers invited to participate in ‘Share a Book’ contest

Ever had a book that made you laugh out loud or shed a few tears? The Bermuda College is encouraging people of all ages to recall a recent book that made an impact in their lives, and share it with others.

The ‘Share a Book’ contest is aiming to promote literacy and encourage people to pick up a novel and dive in.

From now until December 1, the College is asking readers to write a summary approximately two to three paragraphs of their favourite book and how it might entertain, inspire or encourage others.

Entries will be judged by writer and performer Ruth Thomas and a Bermuda College English lecturer. Submissions will be divided into four groups based on age.

People have the opportunity to win a Kindle e-reader, $100 C-Travel gift card, dinner for two at Bacci, an Aquarium membership and gift certificates from The Book Mart, Bermuda Bookstore and El Shaddai Florist.

Contest winners will be named on December 8, the same day Ms Thomas will discuss her new book, ‘Mosaic’, at 6pm in the College library.

Reference librarian Robert Masters said throughout North America an emphasis has been put on encouraging reading, particularly among teenagers.

“Something we are trying to encourage students to do is pick up a novel and read more because I think as they get into their teen years that emphasis declines. Even at the Youth Library the teens do not come in to borrow books, so it really is important.

“I just think it’s because of all the other distractions they have, Facebook, their cellphones and whatever. They are not spending the time and not being encouraged at home to do that either.”

He said regular reading helped with writing, vocabulary and speaking abilities as students grew older.

Shelley Riley, administrative assistant to the head librarian, said people were so busy these days with work and taking care of children they had little time to invest in reading.

“People nowadays do not get a chance to just sit and pick up a book, but reading broadens your mind,” she said.

Entry forms and book category information can be found at www.college.bm.

The deadline for submissions is December 1 at 4pm. They can be dropped at the Bermuda College Library or submitted by e-mail: shareabookcontest[AT]college.bm.

Useful website www.college.bm.

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Published November 02, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated November 02, 2011 at 9:34 am)

Avid readers invited to participate in ‘Share a Book’ contest

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