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Children's author re-opens Wirral school's library
ACCLAIMED children's author Ian Gibbons re-opened the refurbished library and study centre at Mosslands School in Wallasey.
It follows a summer of work by teachers and support staff, adding more than 1,000 books for students.
It is part of the school's aim to encourage students to develop their language and literature skills with books that they will not only enjoy, but also challenge them.
Liverpool-based Alan Gibbons – whose books have been translated into nineteen languages – re-opened the library and held a full day of writing workshops for pupils.
Gillian Roberts, the school’s head of Literacy, said: "We are delighted to have added so many books in a wide variety of subjects and to have made the library a more accessible and comfortable area for our students.
"We have launched an Accelerated Reading Programme for Year seven and eight pupils and this will really help to bring on their development and expand their vocabulary.
"As part of the scheme we invited in a number of local authors, including Alan Gibbons, Jon Mayhew and Paul Cookson, to hold writing workshops with the boys.
"We have been lucky to secure the services of a number of inspirational ex-students to run literacy workshops throughout the week.
"Rosh, a talented rapper, JC and the Two Steps – a successful local rock group – as well as help from Cath Roberts from Literally Bookshop in New Brighton have all helped to inspire the boys to use language creatively.
"To get these people into school has been critical in teaching the boys exactly what English can be used for in their future.
"We will be holding weekly English and form sessions in the library to encourage reading for pleasure and the students really seem excited and enthusiastic."
Year 10 Student Council member Calum Towers, 14, has been part of a group working with Year seven, eight and nine students.
He said: "The library looks really good and its great to have so many more books - my friends and I will definitely be using it more in the future, both to come and read for fun and also for independent study.
"The Student Council has been helping with the workshops and it was fantastic to meet authors like Alan Gibbons, who have been giving inspirational talks and giving their time to work with us.
"The computers have also been updated to help us find books around the library which make it easier for us to find ones that we like and that will help us to get a better vocabulary."
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