Check out Shrewsbury primary school’s first library

By Aimee Jones | Shrewsbury | School events | Published:

Pupils at a primary school in Shrewsbury are enjoying their first ever library, which they have stocked with 2,500 pre-loved books.

Louise Chadwick donates books to the new library, with Sophie Howat, Violet Archer, Eliza Powell and Poppy Thorpe

Coleham Primary School officially launched its library with a small ribbon-cutting ceremony. Senior management are on a mission to see the school become a ‘reading school’ and have worked diligently on the project over the last few months.

Button and Bear Bookshop donated some books and Louise Chadwick, from the shop, went along to visit the library. Two spaces in the main building have been converted to create the large library space and the shelves have been stocked with books the children have been bringing in to share with each other.

In addition, volunteers from the school have been visiting the town’s charity shops to purchase books which the children said they really wanted to read, including the Harry Potter series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and books by author David Walliams.

Teacher Maria Stennett said: “Our project to become a ‘reading school’ began in November and our mission was to get the children to love books and love reading for pleasure. 

"We cannot underestimate the importance of reading and how powerful it will be to a child’s development.

"It is the single most important thing that a child can do outside of school which will help them achieve in every area. Some of our pupils have even volunteered as librarians.”

This month, author and illustrator Thomas Taylor visited with his book Malamander.

Aimee Jones

By Aimee Jones

Senior reporter based at the Shropshire Star's Shrewsbury office, covering Shrewsbury, North Shropshire and South Shropshire.


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