Elma helps school begin a new chapter

PUBLISHED: 12:27 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:59 11 May 2010

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BOOK worms at a village school can now take advantage of new library facilities. Melbourn Primary School opened its new library last week, with the help of a very special guest - Elma the Elephant. Head teacher Jacqueline Bell-Cook said: We re very keen

BOOK worms at a village school can now take advantage of new library facilities.

Melbourn Primary School opened its new library last week, with the help of a very special guest - Elma the Elephant.

Head teacher Jacqueline Bell-Cook said: "We're very keen to encourage the children to read as much as possible, and already run a very popular library club. The new facilities will help with that too.

"We've also employed a librarian who will teach the children library skills using a new software package we've purchased."

The new library has cost about £2,000 to set up, and was partly funded by a £1,500 grant from the Trigg Charity Trust, which helps worthy projects in the Melbourn and Meldreth area.

A number of new books have also been bought for the library, which is now open to pupils during break and lunch times.

Mrs Bell-Cook said: "We already had a good range of non-fiction books, but we've boosted our stocks of fiction titles."

Pupils at the school dressed up as their favourite characters from literature to mark the opening of the library.

Classes took in turns to view the new facilities, accompanied by popular multi-coloured Elma.

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