PUPILS from a Bedworth school will be having a yellow brick read today in their Wizard of Oz-themed library.
The library at Race Leys Junior School is celebrating UNESCO World Book Day by unveiling the new-look library which has undergone an extensive revamp.
The library features a collection of classic and modern fiction and a wide selection of non-fiction, putting the focus at RLJS clearly on reading.
Executive headteacher Carrie Clare said: ““Griffin Schools Trust believes in wide horizons and high achievement for all its pupils.
“Providing engaging spaces to promote a lifelong love of reading has the power to transform lives.
“Research indicates that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success, greater than family circumstances, parents’ educational background or income, which is why the library is at the heart of our school.”
The artwork was produced by local company Media Collective to reflect the children and staff’s love of classic stories.
There is also customised seating for small groups and additional cosy areas for social reading.
School librarian Mrs Lowe added: “Our new library really is the place to be!
“We even have a book vending machine containing a wide selection of the latest new titles – winners of our weekly Regular Readers Reading Raffle can select their prize of a book of their choice.
“We are so proud of our engaging environment and are looking forward to welcoming our Race Leys families and wider community in for collaborative reading time when restrictions are lifted.”
Even with the current restrictions in place, RLJS is determined to celebrate, with all 240 pupils, from year three to six, dressing up as their favourite literary character and discussing their book of choice, whether at school as children of key workers or learning remotely at home.
There are prizes up for grabs for the most creative costumes.
Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading,
World Book Day has been marked in over 100 countries around the world for the past 24 years and has become one of Griffin Schools Trust’s proud traditions.
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