Pupils and teachers get into character for library opening

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A BRAND new library has been opened at an Ashington school to coincide with World Book Day.

The ‘Enchanted Forest’ library was officially opened at Central First School by ‘Sibbers’ from Real Radio.

It has been designed with a thematic approach so as to inspire children and is crafted out as a castle, a rain forest space and underwater world.

And the castle is in 3D, the rain forest has a tunnel and a walk through with sound effects for the space area where storytelling and drama will be recited.

Pupils at the school in Milburn Road, which has a register of 480, celebrated both the opening of the library and World Book Day with a ‘Mad Hatters’ lunch of sandwiches, cakes and tea, where all the staff were dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland.

The children also wore special outfits with each year group allocated a different author, including Hans Christian Anderson, JK Rowling and Rohl Dahl.

The school is focusing this year on literature and stories were also told during the day based on the characters the children were dressed as.

Head of centre Steph Gibbon said: “We want to encourage the children to enjoy stories and to read books.

“They have not only been thrilled by taking on the role of their favourite storybook characters but were really excited about the opening of the new library – and it has been a fantastic fun filled day.”

Meanwhile another exciting project is due to be launched with the opening of an outdoor storytelling area on the school field where a fire pit will be included to tell stories around a camp-fire.