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GIVE A BOOK..Because Reading matters.

Ashburnham Lib1Give a Book is a UK based charity that started in 2011 with the sole aim of giving books where they will be of particular benefit. Our core belief is that to pass on a good read-to give someone a book-is a transaction of worth. We provide practical solutions to help disadvantaged people in local areas by working with schools, the local community and partnering with other organisations to provide books to encourage an enjoyment of reading.

Our books go directly to schools and a range of charities, including: Age UK, First Story, Maggie's Centres, Nexus Fostering & Reading Ahead (formerly Six Book Challenge).

One of our newer projects has been the Ashburnham Community School library.

Last year we were put in touch with Ashburnham Community Primary School. We met Clare Taylor, Senior Teacher, who said that the one thing that would really transform the life of the school would be to have a library. Clare told us that Reading for Pleasure was something that they were working really hard to imbed within the curriculum. They were on a rapid journey to move from ‘Requiring Improvement’ to ‘Outstanding’, but wanted to give something to the children for all the hard work that they were putting into their learning.

For space they had a bit of corridor, for books just a few old and uninviting ones.

Thanks to our brilliant supporters we were able to help not only build a new library through wonderful FG Library, to restock the non-fiction library thanks to Jubilee Books, but also introduced the school to their Ashburnham Liblocal Schools Library Service to help organise the books they had.

Clare said: The library is now a haven that the children thoroughly enjoy using. The children are now able to sit with friends and enjoy reading. They also look forward to visiting now and want to show visitors to it.

So here we introduce to the world the new Ash Library, the beating heart of a now Outstanding school.

The new library is an inviting place for all the children and a wonderful space for small groups to read together. The ‘snuggle pod’ is a particular favourite of the children, as they love cozying up in there with a friend and a book. Amanda Douglas. Y4 teacher

The new library is a breath of fresh air for our school! It is impossible not to notice just how inspired the children are to spend time there now… They love choosing books and I often see them finding a quiet spot to read. Thank you for the transformation!  Sophie DeMenthon. Yr5 teacher

I like it because it is fun, much more modern and more organised.  Issac Yr 4

It’s new, it’s nice and it has new cushions and it is a relaxing space. Youseph Yr 4

As soon as the new Library was completed at Ashburnham, the children in Year 6 took full ownership of it and revelled in the opportunity to use and enjoy it. Every day, children ask me if they can go to the library with such excitement, either to choose a new book (from the immaculately ordered shelves) or to read quietly in it. I have noticed a great improvement in children taking pride in their Reading Records as a result, since their choice of books has widened so much. We cannot thank Miss Taylor enough for all she has done!”  Miss Blackshaw, Y 6 Class Teacher

I love reading now, as we have a space that is clean and organised and many new books to enjoy!   Amine Y6

The library has invigorated my child’s passion for reading, so thank you!
Parent of Y4 child

(Photos by Gareth Bevan Photography for Beanstalk.)

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