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New library opens at Hungerford primary

'Reading is important because you can get a good job and become a lawyer,' Joshua, 7.

05 July, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Pictured, back row: Jody Tranter, Helen Burchett, Rakhia Ismail, Jo Stephens, Penny Barratt, David Solomons and Cllr Tricia Clarke; front row: children Yusuf, Joshua, Rihana, Daniel and Marie.

SCHOOLCHILDREN tucked into their favourite books at the opening of their new library at Hungerford primary school on Wednesday.

Yusuf, 7, who is in the school council, said he was looking forward to going to his
new library.

“Reading is important because you can get a good job and become a lawyer,” he said.
Joshua, 7, agreed with him and added: “You can succeed if you read and you’ll get know a lot about the world.”

They were joined by the Mayor of Islington Cllr Rakhia Ismail and children’s author David Solomons who cut the ribbon at the opening and read some of his stories to the children at a special assembly.

Parent Helen Burchett spearheaded the new library space, which was previously a classroom. She spent hours cataloging the books to make it easier for the children to borrow them.

Ms Burchett told the Tribune: “It was so important to get the kids access to reading for
pleasure. It takes time and effort to keep the library running.”

Dr Penny Barratt, CEO of the The Bridge Trust, which manages the school as an academy, said it was “amazing” to have the new space.

She added: “It’s fantastic because we’re having a push on reading and giving them the opportunity to read for knowledge and pleasure.”

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