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Primary school reveals new library after outpouring of community support

PUBLISHED: 14:45 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:16 12 September 2018

Year six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library.
Imnogen Stone, Oliver Owen, Brooke Wright and Musab Tekagac
Picture: Nick Butcher

Year six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library. Imnogen Stone, Oliver Owen, Brooke Wright and Musab Tekagac Picture: Nick Butcher

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A primary school has transformed its library from a “bookshelf in a corridor” into an enchanting room full of stories.

Year six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library.
Picture: Nick ButcherYear six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library. Picture: Nick Butcher

After a year of fundraising pupils at Albert Pye Community Primary School, in Frederick’s Road, Beccles, finally got to see their brand new library during an opening ceremony earlier this week.

The project was spearheaded by literacy coordinator Abi Watson, who said: “Before our library was just a bookshelf in a corridor, it was not a pleasurable place for children to read.

Freya Gimbal and Olive Sainsbury from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library.
Picture: Nick ButcherFreya Gimbal and Olive Sainsbury from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library. Picture: Nick Butcher

“We wanted a place to promote engagement in reading, with no TV, no computer games, just a place for children to sit and enjoy their reading.”

Miss Watson, who also teaches the Year 6 class, explained the new library was a product of the hard work of the pupils, parents and the wider community.

Harry Flint from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library.

Picture: Nick ButcherHarry Flint from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library. Picture: Nick Butcher

She said: “We applied for grants to build the library but we didn’t get any, so we raised all the money through fundraising.”

The school raised £6,000 in under a year to make the library dream a reality.

Year six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library.
Picture: Nick ButcherYear six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library. Picture: Nick Butcher

Miss Watson said: “It led to a great sense of community, there were so many people coming forward to help.”

The teacher estimates the number of books the school can now offer pupils has quadrupled with donations coming from local business and parents through the ‘Buy a Book’ scheme.

Oliver Owen  from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library.
Picture: Nick ButcherOliver Owen from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library. Picture: Nick Butcher

Local authors and illustrators, Joyce and Polly Dunbar, James Mayhew and Antonio Reche-Martinez, attended the opening ceremony on Monday to share their love of storytelling and reading.

The library now boasts a ‘book nook’ for children to climb inside to read, a giant red shoe for children to sit in while they enjoy their book, and a fairytale tent for the younger children.

Year six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library.
Brooke Wright
Picture: Nick ButcherYear six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library. Brooke Wright Picture: Nick Butcher

And it has proved an instant hit.

Miss Watson said “It’s a place the children want to go and want to be. It’s got them talking about books a lot more.

Year six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library.
Imnogen Stone, Oliver Owen, Brooke Wright and Musab Tekagac
Picture: Nick ButcherYear six children from Albert Pye Community Primary School, Beccles enjoying the new school library. Imnogen Stone, Oliver Owen, Brooke Wright and Musab Tekagac Picture: Nick Butcher

“We are looking to make it more of a community resource so people have access before and after school.

She added: “This has been a story of how the community can come together to help the children and leave a lasting legacy.”

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