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New Lyneham Primary School’s library is just the ticket
2:00pm Saturday 16th March 2013 in News
Children’s author Angela James re-opened Lyneham Primary School’s refurbished library.
She spent time with pupils reading from her book The Golden Moonbeam and admiring the school’s new reading tree a week ago on Monday.
The 3D paper model tree, created with the help of caretaker Bob Robinson, was made using brown paper and reaches to the ceiling.
To celebrate Book Week at the school and World Book Day, which took place last Thursday, pupils were asked to write story reviews to stick on the leaves.
Ms James, whose book tells the story of a boy’s quest through strange worlds to save his ill sister, will visit the school again later this month to hold creative writing workshops.
During last week’s visit, she held a raffle and donated two copies of The Golden Moonbeam, one as a raffle prize and one for the school’s library.
The school is also holding a Get Caught Reading raffle, where every child seen reading a book is given a raffle ticket.
Reading co-ordinator Bron Parsons said, as well as creating the reading tree, staff and parents had worked to re-catalogue the school’s library.
She said: “We’ve put a new spin on it – we’ve always had a library, but this is a new beginning.
“Before it was just a space with shelves and books, but we have re-themed it and re-catalogued the books.
“There’s a wealth of reference material for children’s projects and things they’re looking up in class, from science to history and religion, as well as a good selection of fiction.
“I am hoping this project has made everyone want to grab a book and sit under the tree.”
Today the school is holding a Bring a Bloke Day, to encourage boys to see the cool side of reading by bringing a parent or grandparent.
And tomorrow, pupils will dress up as their favourite book characters and find out the winners of the Get Caught Reading raffle.
The school is also supporting Reading Force, a reading scheme for families in the Armed Forces.
The initiative is designed to encourage families to discuss books over Skype or via e-mail if a parent is deployed overseas.