Readers are more used to the threat of Sheffield libraries closing – but this school is celebrating the opening of its new book heaven.
Bookworms at Nether Edge Primary School now have access to around 1,000 titles, an iPad ‘exploration station’ and cosy corners to turn the pages of their favourite story.
The £15,000 facility – paid for by fundraising from a parents’ group and school council – was unveiled with a day of celebration.
Poet Craig Bradley worked with every class on fun projects before the official opening with councillors, parents and governors.
Headteacher Michele Nott said: “We think reading is so important and we want the kids to be excited about it.
“Even the Year 6 children were going in today and saying ‘wow’.
“Some primary schools do have libraries but it is unusual to have a big brand new one. It is great news when other libraries have closed.
“A lot of our pupils and parents used the mobile library that came into the area, because it was so handy, but now they will be able to use this one.”
The library also has an ‘imagine zone’ under an archway, a wall mounted touch-screen computer and areas for creative work.
Pupils and parents raised around £2,500 for the library and Sheffield Council gave a £900 grant.
The Schools’ Library Service has also been donating books.
Parents will be given tours of the facility and a series of reading events are planned.
Ms Nott added: “We have designed the space so it is exciting and inspiring, as well as providing areas for quiet enjoyment of a book.
“Classes will be able use the library for learning as well as children borrowing books to enjoy at home.
“The parents are holding another fundraising event next week.
“We want to keep everything in there high quality and top up the books with new stock.”