Drakes School pupils celebrate new library

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 November 2010

Children's author Kathryn White was called upon to open the newly refurbished libray at Drakes school this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 6534-47-10SH

Children's author Kathryn White was called upon to open the newly refurbished libray at Drakes school this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 6534-47-10SH

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Pupils from Drakes Primary School, in East Budleigh, are celebrating their much-awaited new school library, which was officially opened by children’s author Kathryn White.

Drakes school librarians Scarlet Bowmer and Corin Rayner are pictured demonstrating the new book scanning system in their refurbished library. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 6544-47-10SH

Drakes Primary School youngsters are celebrating the completion of their much-wanted new library.

Last year the school ploughed its efforts into raising more than £4000 to pay for a non-fiction library to boost the school’s curriculum.

Last week the school’s pupils, staff and parents celebrated the success of their hard work when the new library, with 440 new books, was unveiled.

The new library was officially opened by children’s author Kathryn White, wsho spent time working with each class.

Kathryn, author of Ruby’s School Walk, said: “It’s so wonderful to see a school with a dedicated space for books and not see them pushed to one side by the computers.”

The new library also boasts state-of-the-art equipment, thanks to the school securing a government grant.

Drakes School headteacher Carron Saunders said the latest equipment meant pupils could take ownership and responsibility of the library.

She said: We have a strong emphasis on reading and writing at Drake’s and we expect the enhanced library will have huge benefits for the children from helping them to take increased responsibility for management of the space and books, to inspiring learning through a greater range of reading material.

“We are truly thrilled with the results and want to thank everyone, particularly Sarah Timms, the rest of the PTFA and everyone who put their precious time, effort and finances towards making it happen.”

Mrs Saunders also thanked Mrs Tait and the sixth year librarians.

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