Library to encourage new bookworms at Swaffham Infant School

Well-known characters from children's books came alive when Children's author Paeony (Paeony) Lewis (seated, centre) visited Swaffham Infants and Nursery  C of E school to mark the opening of their new library.  Adults from left - Head teacher Marion Link, governor Graham Chittock, teacher Maria Hodge, Supervisory assistant Michala Gagen (Michala Gagen) , library volunteer Sue Flood, class teacher Kerry Chamberlain and teaching assistant Rachel Young ANL-140411-115450001
Well-known characters from children's books came alive when Children's author Paeony (Paeony) Lewis (seated, centre) visited Swaffham Infants and Nursery C of E school to mark the opening of their new library. Adults from left - Head teacher Marion Link, governor Graham Chittock, teacher Maria Hodge, Supervisory assistant Michala Gagen (Michala Gagen) , library volunteer Sue Flood, class teacher Kerry Chamberlain and teaching assistant Rachel Young ANL-140411-115450001
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The head of Swaffham’s Infant School is hoping that a new £10,000 library will help to inspire a new love of reading among its pupils.

After a year-long fundraising campaign, the facility, which was funded by the school’s PTA and governing body, was opened by children’s author Paeony Lewis on Monday.

Headteacher Marion Link said the library, which will benefit from a link-up with the Norfolk School Library Service, is already proving a big hit with the children.

The school has undertaken a major drive to encourage youngsters to read more and Mrs Link said: “Most of them say their favourite place is sitting on one of the bean bags in the library with a book.

“Reading is a big issue for us. Hopefully it will given them a real boost and make them want to read for pleasure.”

She also paid tribute to Emily McMillen, the school’s reading co-ordinator, for her work on the project.

She said: “She has really been the enthusiastic person who has made it all happen.”

The children dressed up as book characters for the day and enjoyed a host of stories, while parents also had the chance to see the library, which is in a former computer room, at an evening bonfire and books event.

Meanwhile, the school’s old library has been converted into an international area containing a large map of the world and several dual language books which can be translated using a special magic pen held over the page.

The school is planning to hold a series of international days, beginning with Portugal to reflect the town’s Portuguese community. Events on Poland and Lithuania are set to follow.

Mrs Link said: “We want to make sure those communities are included in the school.”