Children’s author opens new school library

A Somerset school’s new library was officially opened last week by children’s and teen fiction author, Ally Kennen.

The author, who was shortlisted for a Carnegie medal for Beast, cut the ribbon at Minerva Primary School’s library, which has been rebuilt and restocked with an £11,400 investment from Taunton Deane borough council.

Kennen, whose latest story The Everything Machine is W H Smith’s children’s book of the month, said of the new library: “A well-stocked, well-run library is the engine room of a good school.

“The benefits of children reading are legion and I am delighted to support this wonderful and vital new resource.”

Also at the launch were volunteers from the Read Write Inc. programme, which helps four to seven-year-olds learning to read and write with hour-long, weekly reading sessions.

Minerva’s head Carly Wilkins said: “The new library will provide the very best for the children. Our pupils are going to be enthused and inspired to develop their love of reading, which will in turn support their learning.”

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