We were extremely proud to open our new school library on Thursday 30th November and were delighted to be joined by Mayor Jean Crossby and author/illustrator Jane Ray as well as parents, staff, Governors, friends and, of course, all of the children. A representative from Heath Books, who supplied the majority of our new library books, also attended and donated some library treats to the school.
There was a ribbon cutting ceremony carried out by the Mayor and Jane Ray and a special song with words by Michael Rosen was sung and acted out by the school. The 12 champion readers chosen by the children were the first to enter the library and select books to borrow and following a celebration assembly, Jane Ray stayed to run creative workshops with the children throughout the day. She said, “I think to have a library like this is the most wonderful opportunity for the children, it’s a rarity. I go to lots of schools up and down the country and very few have libraries at all let alone something as extraordinary as this. It’s such a big choice of books, they are lucky children”.
Mrs Broers said “The whole school is delighted with the library and I am so grateful for the hard work and generosity that has made this project happen. Every part of the school community has been involved in some way and it shows!”
The Mayor had rearranged her diary appointments to be able to attend the opening and said: “It’s obvious that the children are going to really love this library and they’ve worked hard to get it. It wouldn’t have happened without the Governors, staff and parents and of course, the children’s love of books. In this day and age, I think it’s amazing to see how excited they are. And to see how many parents have come today to support the school is incredible.”
As you know, the school community have worked tirelessly to prepare for this opening and with your support and generous contributions to raise money and stock the library, we are now able to offer the children an inspiring and bright space to encourage their love of reading through a variety of books covering all areas of the curriculum.