Story chair brings tales to library

Story chair unveiled at Houghton Library by artist Penelope Payne. The beautifully decorated, colourful and tactile seat will take pride of place in the children's section of the library and was designed and made by Penelope after spending time talking to local groups including Dubmire School and Houghton Blind Centre, who are represented by George Davison and guide dog Lynton and pupils Tia Orchin, Jay Rayshaw and Jessica Parker. (left)
Story chair unveiled at Houghton Library by artist Penelope Payne. The beautifully decorated, colourful and tactile seat will take pride of place in the children's section of the library and was designed and made by Penelope after spending time talking to local groups including Dubmire School and Houghton Blind Centre, who are represented by George Davison and guide dog Lynton and pupils Tia Orchin, Jay Rayshaw and Jessica Parker. (left)
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A NEW storychair will brighten up book times for youngsters at a Wearside library.

The bottle from ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, a crown and a scarecrow are among the colourful designs to feature on the new chair at Houghton Library.

Artist Penny Payne worked with children and parents from Dubmire Primary School, a Stay and Play group that meets at Hetton Lyons and Houghton Blind Group to come up with designs for the chair.

The chair is the fourth of five story chairs to be unveiled in the city’s five hub libraries over the last year. It also features the feathers from ‘The Bluebird’ and Penshaw Monument.

Councillor John Kelly, Porfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture at Sunderland City Council, said: “The story chairs have been a fantastic addition to our libraries and they’re really popular with children and parents alike.

“They’re a great way of making story times that bit more magical and it’s great local children and adults have been involved in coming up with the designs for the chair.”