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Adding spice to stories at Sunderland library

Unveiling of a story chair at Bunny Hill Library, Sunderland, with author Penny Payne, Coun. Harry Trueman and pupils from Southwick Primary School.

Unveiling of a story chair at Bunny Hill Library, Sunderland, with author Penny Payne, Coun. Harry Trueman and pupils from Southwick Primary School.

A NEW addition to a library has its own colourful story.

The fiery breath of a dragon, a crown and a seagull are set to make storytimes at Bunny Hill Library more exciting.

They are among the designs to feature on a “story chair”, which has been unveiled at the venue.

Children from Red House Academy, Southwick Primary School and Bunnyhill children’s centre, worked with artist Penny Payne to come up with decorations for the chair.

It also features Sunderland’s Hylton Castle, the spines from the storybook favourite the Gruffalo, and a flock of butterflies.

It is the second of five story chairs that will take pride of place in the city’s five hub libraries over the next few months.

Penny said: “The children come up with ideas and help choose the fabrics and then I go away and finish the design.

“Every chair is completely different.

“It depends on what the children come up with.

“I’d never had to make flames before, so that was certainly quite interesting.”

The youngsters who helped put the designs together were guests of honour when the chair was unveiled at a special ceremony.

Councillor Harry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Story chairs are a great way of making storytimes that bit more magical for children.

“It’s great that the children have been involved in coming up with the designs for the chair.

“This is the second of five story chairs we’re installing in our five hub libraries, as part of our plans to improve and modernise the library service.”

 

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