Author Archives: Tracy Bose

How to dress ….

Moira’s been in the office today and we’ve been talking about fundraising.  As with most voluntary organisations in the current climate, this is a subject that’s often in our minds.

We were thinking about the many skills/talents of our volunteers and students. This led to thinking about a Got to Read ‘lecture’ series – do we know about things that other people might enjoy hearing about in a light-hearted way,  and would be prepared to donate a few pounds for?

Now,  Moira used to work in the formal wear area of Coes and what she doesn’t know about tying a cravat isn’t worth knowing.  She also started to tell me about braces and pleats.  At that point I realised that those of us who ‘just’ have to put on a dress for that special occasion have it easy.

So, there we have it, our first idea for a Got to Read lecture “How to dress your bloke proper”.

Interested?  Watch this space for more details coming soon (or leave us a message below)


Gainsborough library reading partner meet ups – lovely vibe

Here’s another update about Got to Read activities.  This week, volunteer Tracy Bose talks about supporting reading activities at Gainsborough Library.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve started using Gainsborough Library as a meeting point for Got to Read reading partners.

On the night we meet, the library ‘closes’ at 5pm and I get there just before then to get a key and sort out hot drinks. This is such a treat, as I’ve always loved libraries, right from my Mum taking me as a little ‘un to our local one in Bristol (it was based in a park and it was quite a surprise to me to find out that not everyone got to go on the swings after choosing their books).

Soon after 5pm, the other volunteers and students arrive, grab a tea or coffee and then settle down in different parts of the library.  Everyone is there to work together in their pairs on reading and writing skills.

In theory,  learning could be a serious business and the reading partners seem to focus very quickly on what they’ve chosen to do that week.  But from where I sit in the middle, with my head in a book (bliss), it’s great to hear how much laughter is mixed in with the quiet periods of concentration.

I’m loving these evening meet-ups, they’re relaxed, fun and sociable and I think that’s a perfect set-up for adult learners to get the most out of learning.  And it’s in a LIBRARY – what could be better?

Tracy Bose – GtR volunteer

We have room for  more student/volunteer pairings at the Gainsborough Library evening session which runs on Tuesday between 5pm and 7pm. 

 If you know of any adult who would like some free, friendly, one to one support with reading or writing, please pass on our contact details:

 Please call on M: 07528 147654



World Book Night 23rd April 2012

I’ve just been on to the World Book Night site and registered to be a ‘giver’ again this year.  If you don’t know what WBN is all about, pop over there now and have a look.

The idea is that  you can apply to have 24 copies of the book you’d most like to give away from the list.  A whole gang of us applied to be givers last year and had a brilliant time at Gainsborough library that night chatting to all the people who came in to talk to us about the books.

I’ve asked for Pride and Prejudice this year – it never fails to make me smile and I know I could get really enthusiastic in persuading others to give it a go!

If you could give any book you liked as a present, what would it be?

Our World Book Night 'stall' in 2011



The view from the window

view from the office window

Got to Read is lucky enough to have office space at County Library in Ipswich – a perfect place to be based when we’re all about the love of reading and literacy, and full of inspiration for our coming adventures and journey.

I’m also feeling inspired by the view from the window a few minutes ago – a true Suffolk sunset.  It was so beautiful that I wanted to share it  My mobile phone probably hasn’t done it true justice, but it still looks impressive.