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New school library opens at St Wilfrid's

Library stocked with thousands of books thanks to incredible support from local community

St Wilfrid’s CE Primary marked the opening of its new school library yesterday with a special assembly that celebrated the joy and importance of reading.

The beautiful new library stocked with thousands of books for all age ranges is a result of hard work and support from parents, staff and the wider community. Local company Amoria Bond donated books and furniture via its Charitable Trust, while staff and parents painted the murals on the walls connected with the woodland theme. Quotes from famous authors were provided by Sign and Display of Gatley.

“We all remember the books we loved as children, and developing a love of reading is so crucial to child development in terms of the language they use and the way they communicate,” said Head of School Helena Miller. “So we’re absolutely thrilled with this new space and want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has worked to so hard to make this dream a reality in a relatively short space of time. This library is something to be genuinely proud of.” 

The library will also open after school so parents can come in and choose books with their children, while dedicated librarian Ruth Waterson will ensure that there is wide range of titles across genres and abilities. 

And one of the books will be Ian Thompson’s Drainage The Dragon. The local author held workshops in the new library after the assembly, and was hugely impressed by what he’d seen. 

“I grew up reading everything from Terry Pratchett to CS Lewis, and started writing short stories at primary school, so I know how important it is to encourage children of this age to read,” he said. “I always spend half an hour each night reading to my child - it’s quality time in our busy lives.”

Amoria Bond director Tracy Jeffrey and accountant Jo Amara also took a tour and were delighted that the initial vision the company had for the library has come to fruition.  

“It’s lovely to see this fantastic new library in person, our staff and their families have not only been fundraising but have also donated some of the books I see here today,” said Miss Jeffery. “The number and variety of books already available is a great achievement. One of the Amoria Bond Charitable Trust’s main objectives is to advance education and we are so pleased to be working with such a worthwhile project in the local community.”

Natasha Crump, a member at St James and Emmanuel Church, kickstarted the project by collecting books from neighbours, family members and work colleagues. Anywhere, essentially, where people recognised the importance of children having access to a wide variety of books and the opportunity to share these with each other.

And Revd Nick Bundock, a director of the St James & Emmanuel Academy Trust - of which St Wilfrid’s is now a valuable part - was amazed at what had been achieved. 

“I’ve been so encouraged by how the schools, communities, parishes and churches have come together to support St Wilfrid’s in its quest for a library,” he said. “Now that it has one, I feel sure the school will continue to grow and thrive.”

But it was left to Imogen O'Doherty from Year 4 and Eleanor Coutts from Year 6 to sum up why a library at St Wilfrid's will be such an important part of the fabric of the school.

“It’ll just be brilliant to go to the library,” said Imogen. “We will be able to find a book which can take us all into a new world. I'm really excited to go on different journeys and different places everyday, while sitting in a chair or in the comfort of my bed."

“The library will be a special place for us,” added Eleanor. “We’ll be able to 'unwind', and go on learning and writing adventures."