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Local author attends school library opening in Harpenden

PUBLISHED: 12:34 15 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:07 15 February 2019

Librarian Mrs Brine (left) with pupil librarians and deputy head Mrs Shewbridge at High Beeches Primary School in Harpenden. Picture: High Beeches School

Librarian Mrs Brine (left) with pupil librarians and deputy head Mrs Shewbridge at High Beeches Primary School in Harpenden. Picture: High Beeches School

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A primary school in Harpenden welcomed local author Camilla Chester and other special guests at the opening of its new library.

The opening of the new school library at High Beeches Primary School in Harpenden. Picture: High Beeches SchoolThe opening of the new school library at High Beeches Primary School in Harpenden. Picture: High Beeches School

High Beeches Primary School in Aldwickbury Crescent held a whole-school celebration yesterday to mark the library’s grand opening.

Pupils gathered on the school playground to welcome visitors from the Harpenden Trust, who contributed to the project, as well as school governors, members of the Library Working Party and the chairs of the PTA.

Harpenden-based author Camilla Chester, who writes books for children aged eight to 12, was invited to cut the ribbon, before pupil librarians gave guided tours inside the library.

School librarian Mrs Brine said: “We couldn’t imagine our school without a library. We really value the importance of reading, not only to help with early Literacy skills but also to instil a lifelong love of books.

“It has been a long project but incredibly worthwhile and we are very excited to have this amazing facility.”

Opening a new library became a priority for the school after they expanded and lost their space for books.

Project leader and deputy headteacher Stephanie Shewbridge said: “We are very fortunate to have had fantastic support from the whole school community as well as local charities such as The Harpenden Trust.

“The children love our new library and it is always full at playtimes. We are very excited to mark this occasion with this special day.”

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