New school library for children

Pupils at Eppleton Academy Primary School, Church Rod, Hetton, in their new library.
Pupils at Eppleton Academy Primary School, Church Rod, Hetton, in their new library.
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PUPILS will be able to sit comfortably as they begin a new chapter in their library’s history.

Eppleton Academy Primary School in Church Road, Hetton, has relaunched its reading area after a revamp of the room, which has seen new bean bags, furniture, book cases and a new computer programme put in place to help manage its ever-growing collection of titles.

It was opened with the help of illustrator Liz Million, who is based in County Durham, and is behind books including Digger and Be Quiet Belinda

She has also drawn images to tell the fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

The project was launched as part of the school’s Get Caught Reading initiative, which aims to generate a love of reading at an early age.

The school is also a member of the KidsReadWriteReview scheme, which invites children to write up a piece about a story they have read, and be in with a chance to have it published online and win prizes.

The library will be used by the 160 children in the school, and has been refitted after a host of fund-raising events.

Joanne Marshall, the school’s business manager, said: “We started on this project seriously in the summer holidays when we painted the room, and then we’ve been moving on with the improvements ever since.

“We’ve not let the children in before the grand opening, but we know the children have been having a look in, and are really looking forward to it.”

The school is encouraging parents to send in photographs of their children reading in different places as part of the literacy scheme.

It has previously helped bring author Steven Butler to the school.

The writer is behind The Wrong Pong books, and spoke to the children about his experiences as a youngster which helped him decide to become a writer, lead a workshop and read to pupils.