New chapter for Sheffield school library

The opening of a brand new library at Brunswick Community Primary School with the help from Sheffield United players Mark Howard and Stefan Scougall and Sheffield Wednesday player Glenn Loovens. Pictured in the library with the players are pupils Connie Emery, eight, Thomas Vintin, eight, Abbigayle Clayton, nine, and Aaliyah James, nine.

The opening of a brand new library at Brunswick Community Primary School with the help from Sheffield United players Mark Howard and Stefan Scougall and Sheffield Wednesday player Glenn Loovens. Pictured in the library with the players are pupils Connie Emery, eight, Thomas Vintin, eight, Abbigayle Clayton, nine, and Aaliyah James, nine.

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A school in Sheffield has opened the doors to its new library - with a little help from some footballing stars.

Brunswick Community School’s library was revealed to students by players from Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United football clubs.

The players also spoke in an assembly about which books they liked to read as children.

The refurbishment is part of a plan to try to promote reading for pleasure among pupils. The school has turned an old IT classroom into a brand-new facility, complete with cosy nooks to read in and bright furniture that stands at child height as well as rugs and beanbags.

There are hundreds of new books, provided by Sheffield Library Service, that have been handpicked by the youngsters.

It will mean the children will get a chance to learn how to use a library service, and some will even be trained to be librarians.

Every class has a weekly slot to use the library and children will choose books to take home alongside compulsory reading books.

Jo Brennan, assistant headteacher, said: “We want to create a buzz about reading and have something that is really engaging for the children.

“We had the footballers come along to open it and the students were really wowed and so excited to meet them.

“It was good to have Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United players speak about books as it is good for the children to have reading role models.

“It is a different environment to teach in and encouraging reading can only be a positive – at home and in school.

“We hope to create a love of reading that will last a lifetime.”