• Reading Ahead

    Choose six reads 

    Challenge yourself to get Reading Ahead 

    To start the Reading Ahead challenge please visit the Learning Centre and speak to a member of staff.

  • What is Reading Ahead?

    The Reading Ahead Challenge, run by The Reading Agency, takes place every year in libraries, colleges, workplaces and prisons.

    The Challenge invites you to choose six reads, review them, and enter prize draws.

    • You can choose what you like - poems, magazines or websites as well as books such as the Quick Reads.
    • Ask at the LRC for advice about what to read.
    • Share your reading choices and look for more at readingahead.org.uk
    • Get a certificate when you finish all six reads and complete your diary.
    • Enter the national prize draw.

    • Recommended Reads

      Recommended Reads

      All of the books listed below are available to borrow from the Learning Centre. Click on the book cover to view the Library Catalogue.

      The Witches

      the witches

      "Things happened to me that will probably make you scream when you read about them. That can't be helped. The truth must be told."

      the boy

      This is not a fairy tale. This is about real witches. Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There's nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma's stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

      I Am Malala

      I am malala

      "I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday."

      "I AM MALALA "is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

      "I AM MALALA "will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

      Street Cat Bob

      streetcat named bob

      When James Bowen found an injured, street cat in the hallway of his sheltered housing, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James had been living on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet.

      STREET CAT BOB is a moving and uplifting story that will touch the heart of anyone who reads it.

      • Quick Reads

        Quick Reads 2016

        All of the books listed below are available to borrow from the LRC. Click on the book cover to view the Library Catalogue.

        The Double Clue and other Hercule Poirot stories The Anniversary A baby at the beach cafe I am Malala Too good to be true

        Quick Reads 2015

        Click on the logo below to view all Quick Reads 

        • Websites & E-Books


          Click on the links below to view these websites:

          Reading Ahead

          Calderdale College Book Group

          E-Books Freely Available

          Laptop and e-reader Bibliomania More than 2,000 e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays.  Includes authors such as Dickens, Joyce, Jane Austen, the Bronte's and all of Shakespeare's plays.
          E-reader Project Gutenberg Over 46,000 free e-books available to read online or download onto a Kindle, e-reader or tablet.