Loddon school children bid to promote interest in reading

Annabel, Megan and Rosie with their newspaper

Annabel, Megan and Rosie with their newspaper - Credit: Norfolk County Council

Roving news reporters from a Norfolk primary school have teamed up with their local library to promote interest in reading.

The link started when Loddon Primary School’s news reporters Annabel Outlaw, Rosie Johnston, Daisy Frost and Megan Dev Sherman went with their teacher Mr Graveling to interview a librarian for their school newspaper, The Loddon Gazette, which is published every half term.

Library manager Mitch Fitt was impressed with their efforts to promote reading and the library service and ran a competition to create a new cube display.

The designs included illustrations and a way to showcase their favourite reads and they each chose different themes.

The winning display was unveiled as part of a special storytime event. It was created by Ruby Young.


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Pupils and library staff gathered in their pyjamas for the unveiling and to drink hot chocolate and listen to a bedtime story from teacher Miss Crowson. Pupils were given bookmarks which were bought with money raised by selling the newspaper.

Mitch said: “It is so refreshing to see such enthusiasm from the pupils and I am really impressed with their reading skills and their creativity. Nearly 200 people were at the library for this event and everyone had a really enjoyable visit.”

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Loddon library is also running a competition to name the library bear.

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Chair of Norfolk County Council’s Communities Committee, said: “It’s wonderful to see school children getting so involved in using their local library and very encouraging that they are so keen to listen to stories and write for their newspaper.”

It is free to borrow books and use the computer services at Norfolk County Council’s 47 libraries and eight mobile libraries. To join visit https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries

Norfolk libraries are currently running their annual Great Big Read campaign for adults.

Great Big Read is the annual reading promotion for adults and runs until April 22. This year’s theme is Norfolk’s Most Wanted - the 20 most popular and in demand books asked for by library customers such as “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins.

For more visit the website www.norfolk.gov.uk/mostwantedbooks.

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