Middleton Primary School’s new library worth £15,000 was officially opened by the Mayor of Peterborough and celebrated with energetic storytelling from top children's author, Guy Bass.
The library is now an outstanding space for the school community to enjoy after the school won a competition run by the National Literacy Trust Hub in Peterborough, the School Library Association as well as furniture company BookSpace, which designed and funded the renovation.
Our original library was located in a busy thoroughfare with three classroom doors leading directly into it, and also housed the photocopier and group work space. Seating was limited, younger children couldn’t reach the higher book shelves and there was no space for parents to explore the library with their children.
Now, the library is located in a room which welcomes children and parents through double doors that open onto the playground. A bright and colourful community hub where a love of reading can be nurtured, it is filled with exciting new books for pupils, pre-school children, parents and staff to discover together.
The new library welcomes many different groups over a typical week to interact with exciting features including:
- An audio area to record and listen to traditional and original stories.
- An area where pre-school children from a nearby playgroup can enjoy storytelling sessions and read books in.
- An adult micro-library for parents and staff
- A ‘Vintage Reads’ section where parents and staff can recommend books from their own childhood for the pupils to borrow.
- A mini book recommendations ‘tree’ where pupils clip on short book they’ve written.