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Lyneham school invites author to re-open its library
6:21pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in News
CHILDREN’S author Angela James re-opened Lyneham Primary School’s refurbished library this week.
She spent time with pupils reading from her book The Golden Moonbeam and admiring the school’s new reading tree on Monday.
The 3D paper model tree, created with the help of caretaker Bob Robinson, is made up of brown paper and reaches up to the ceiling.
To celebrate Book Week at the school and World Book Day, which takes place today, pupils have been asked to write story reviews to stick on the leaves.
Ms James, whose book tells the story of a boy’s quest through strange worlds to save his ill sister, will visit the school again in a couple of weeks to hold creative writing workshops.
On Monday she held a raffle and donated two copies of The Golden Moonbeam – one as a raffle prize and one for the school’s library.
The school is also holding another raffle, the Get Caught Reading Raffle, where every child caught reading is given a raffle ticket.
Reading co-ordinator Bron Parsons said as well as creating the reading tree, staff and several parents had worked hard to re-catalogue the school’s library.
She said: “We’ve put a new spin on it. We’ve always had a library but this is a new beginning. Before it was just a space with shelves and books but we have re-themed it and re-catalogued the books.
“There’s a wealth of reference material for children’s projects and things they’re looking up in class, from science to history and religion as well as a good selection of fiction.
“I am hoping this project has made everyone want to grab a book and sit under the tree.”
Today the school will hold a Bring A Bloke Day, to encourage boys to see the cool side of reading by bringing a parent or grandparent.
And at the end of the week, on Friday, pupils will dress up as their favourite book characters and find out the winners of the get caught reading raffle.
The school is also supporting Reading Force, a reading scheme for families in the armed forces encouraging families to discuss books over Skype or via e-mail if they have a parent deployed overseas.