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Harpenden school launch miniature book exchanges

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 March 2019

Alanna opening the new Little Libraries at Sauncey Wood Primary School. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

Alanna opening the new Little Libraries at Sauncey Wood Primary School. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

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A Harpenden school officially opened two miniature book exchanges on its grounds this week.

Alanna opening the new Little Libraries at Sauncey Wood Primary School. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary SchoolAlanna opening the new Little Libraries at Sauncey Wood Primary School. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

The Little Libraries on Sauncey Wood Primary School were built by a local carpenter in order to promote literacy and pull the community together through a shared love of reading.

Open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 4.30pm, anyone can pick up a book from the shelves so long as it is returned.

Parents Rachel and Steve Angus donated £500 for the Little Libraries in thanks to Sauncey Wood on behalf of their daughter Alanna, who has Down’s Syndrome and was a pupil at the school until the end of last year.

Rachel said: “Alanna’s needs can be described as exceptional. Sauncey Wood met her needs in every way they could.

The Angus family with Little Libraries at Sauncey Wood Primary School. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary SchoolThe Angus family with Little Libraries at Sauncey Wood Primary School. Picture: Submitted by Sauncey Wood Primary School

“The past five years that she’s attended Sauncey Wood, the school did all they could to support Alanna’s education and they did it so very well.

“Sauncey Wood provided Alanna with such a positive educational experience we wanted to mark it by donating some money to enable the school to grow its inclusive resources.

“We wanted the donation to provide something inclusive, not limited, and the Little Libraries that the school have implemented are just perfect.”

Alanna now attends St Luke’s School in Redbourn.

Headteacher Steve Lloyd said: “We cannot wait to see this idea in practice.

“If you would like to borrow a book from our Little Library, please do come and have a look at the books available - all we ask is that you take good care of the books and return them when you are finished for others to enjoy.”

There is one Little Library on the playing field for pupils to enjoy at break and lunchtimes, and another in front of the school entrance to be accessible to the community.

Sauncey Wood Primary School has also recently launched a Reading Role Models scheme.

This is where Year 5 pupils buddy with younger children to support their literacy development throughout the spring term.

If it proves to be a success, it will continue further into the year and beyond.

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