Branston Community Academy: Library Lovers

I was one of three guest authors at the opening of the Young Adult extension of Branston Community Academy’s library today. Dawn Andrew, from the English  department, has worked tirelessly to develop a love of reading at the school. This has included grabbing every available space going and creating a cosy reading environment for the students. As you can see, the pupils have taken a liking to the new beanbags:

Tayla and Lauren enraptured by some of the top titles available *cough cough*

Pupils flocked to the library in their lunch hour…

…  to view the new books, CD players, audio books, comics etc. It had nothing to do with the fact there were fresh doughnuts going round. Nothing at all.

I did try to take a photograph of Mr Beighton, the head, cutting the green ribbon to officially open the extension but he was too quick for me and it was totally out of focus. I was distracted by his genuinely moving speech about the importance of reading to ‘nurture the soul’ and how grateful he was to Ms Andrew and staff for developing the library. I think Mr Beighton deserves a special mention, too, for being such a supportive head. No wonder OFSTED classed Branston Academy ‘Outstanding’ with that kind of leadership.

Dawn Andrew, super teacher-cum-librarian with Helena Pielichaty super librarian appreciation society member.

It was great to meet authors Georgia Twynham and Hobb Whittons; two new and exciting YA authors on the scene. I was also impressed by pupils using their Rooted in Reading Passports for autographs (as well as comments and book reviews). The passports are a great innovation from the Lincolnshire School Improvement Service.

With all the gloom about libraries closing it was great to attend an event where one is blooming. Thanks again to Dawn for inviting me (and for the red wine). Great stuff.

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