The Tohoku University Library

The library just got a makeover, and you should see what they did with the Readers Corner

201410 Readers Corner

I am so grateful to the library staff for their support and encouragement. They’ve been on board with our reading program for the last five years, and I am so proud that I was able to contribute to this project.

This is the fifth iteration of the Readers Corner, which is the library’s collection of graded and leveled readers, and I think this is the best one yet. Classes start today, and the newly refurbished library opens for business for the first time.

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The Readers Corner is surrounded by well-lit seating and study areas, making it easy to read books there (useful for students trying to power through the lowest level readers, which aren’t really worth borrowing as they can be read in 5-10 minutes).

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The inside bookshelf, with higher level books.

This might be the best thing I have accomplished here at Tohoku University, providing the push to get this started. A great start to the second semester πŸ™‚

The Tohoku University Library can be used by the general public after registering. Please come and check out our English materials if you are interested. Drop me a line, and I’ll be happy to show you around.

That’s brilliant! Students have no excuses for a poor reading ability. The books are there and even just an hour a week at the right level will see them improve so much over 4 years!

Hi Martin
That’s the plan! Right now we make them read in class and for homework, but some are choosing to continue πŸ™‚

That looks great. Well done, sir.

Thanks Andy! It’s the library staff that deserve all the credit though πŸ™‚

Looks great, Ben!

Thanks! I’m really pleased with it. Sent an email the other day saying that we would need at least 3.5 times as many books to do this university-wide… We’ll see where that one goes!


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