West Leeds: Author opens library after £8,000 revamp

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AUTHOR Kate Pankhurst has been helping a local primary school reopen its library after a major makeover.

The newly decorated room in Pudsey Tyersal Primary School has been refurbished with fresh furniture and equipment available for staff and children to use during classes or in their spare time.

Author Kate Pankhurst reads with pupils Ruby Hamilton, Brandon Puckrin and Georgia Hall.

Author Kate Pankhurst reads with pupils Ruby Hamilton, Brandon Puckrin and Georgia Hall.

Library bookshelves have been restored and are now stacked with £8,000 worth of new books and resources to support the pupils in their learning.

Writer and illustrator Kate Pankhurst was invited to the official grand reopening of the library on December 2. She spent the day talking at assembly and working with the children in years one, four and six.

The best-selling author, based in Rodley, specialises in picture books and young fiction. She is well known for her successful book series of ‘Mariella Mystery’.

She also spends a lot of time working with young people, helping them develop their creative abilities and even gaining inspiration from them for her own illustrations.

Assistant headteacher Sally Spaven said: “Our aim is to inspire a love of reading and to spark imaginations in order to raise standards in reading and writing.”

The pupils have been getting involved by becoming ‘junior librarians’. They have been making suggestions for new titles for the shelves, designing signs for the library door and helping to unbox and stamp the new books.

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