Kids love new library at school in Portsmouth

(l-r) Author Dee Kirkby with Sabrina Robson, 10, Valerija Tarsova, 10, Calum Scott 10, and Harry Woodage, 10. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142003-1)
(l-r) Author Dee Kirkby with Sabrina Robson, 10, Valerija Tarsova, 10, Calum Scott 10, and Harry Woodage, 10. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142003-1)
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CHILDREN were excited to see inside their new school library.

Newbridge Junior School officially opened their library yesterday with a guest, writer Dee Kirkby.

The school has appointed Dee, author of the children’s series The Portal Series, as their reading patron.

She will be trying to encourage more children at the school to read.

Dee said: ‘It was a really big deal for me to become the school’s patron of reading.

‘It is fantastic that a school is investing in its libraries and spending money to make them better.’

For the opening, the children gathered in the playground and heard from Dee.

Then, class by class, they got to look around the new library.

Assistant headteacher Sara Petipher said it was an exciting moment for the school.

‘It was really exciting to open our new library in the Foster Building,’ she said.

‘It is a newly-designed library where we have lots of different themes and sections for the children.’

To help pupils at the school, on New Road, in Copnor, some Year 6 students have been picked as junior librarians.

They will be in the library at break and lunch times to help pupils find the books they need.

Sabrina Robson, 10, said the new library was much better.

‘I much prefer the new library to the old one,’ she said.

‘It has lots of decorations which match the genres.’

Harry Woodage, a fellow junior librarian, said the new space is a big improvement.

He said: ‘The new library is so much better than the last one. It is easy to find the types of books you want.’

As well as new decor, the library has a wide range of new genres for the children.

Valerija Tarasova thinks the wide range is great.

The ten-year-old said: ‘I like all books but fantasy is my favourite.

‘You can get lost in the books and I can’t wait to see what sort we have.’

And Calum Scott agrees. He added: ‘There is an easy way to keep track of the books you’ve read with stickers.

‘So I will be reading lots of the adventure books.’

The school wanted to improve the library.

Head of reading Joanne de Mellow said: ‘We wanted to increase the passion for reading at the school.

‘It is also important that the children have the chance to explore lots of different genres and increase their love of reading.’