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Hartlebury primary opens first school library
7:10am Wednesday 13th March 2013 in News
A HARTLEBURY primary school has opened its first library to help school children develop a love of reading.
Hartlebury Church of England Primary School had previously only had a few book shelves but with funding of £4,000 from the Queen Elizabethan I Foundation Trust, the school now has a dedicated library.
The trust is a charity that makes donations for alternative education services and is made up of former pupils from Queen Elizabeth I Grammar School in Hartlebury.
The school merged to form King Charles I School with Kidderminster Girls’ High School and King Charles I Grammar School in the 1990s.
The money from the trust was used to turn an old unused classroom into a library and to buy books for the pupils to use.
Headteacher Caroline Unitt, who has been at the school for just over a year, said: “We’re going to use the library for research, for teaching and for children to read for leisure. We’ve opened it to improve children’s love of reading.
“I was keen to have a library in a dedicated room. It’s somewhere to go that is a different learning space and it allows independence to research topics.”
School children will be able to check out books from the library using a fingerprint system and volunteers from the community will help as librarians.
The library was opened last Thursday which was World Book Day and children dressed up as their favourite fictional characters.