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Magical New Library at St Margaret's, Calne

Published Tuesday 29th of April 2014 09:20:46 AM

Celebrated children's author Chris d'Lacey brought a fantasy world alive for scores of pupils when he visited St Margaret's Preparatory School, Calne to open its new library.

Mr d'Lacey, best known for his series The Last Dragon Chronicles, spent the morning holding workshops with pupils from St Margaret's and Cherhill Primary School. More than 100 children aged nine to 11 were enthralled to learn more about the quest by book character David Rain to save the tear of the last dragon, Gawain. Mr d'Lacey later joined specially invited guests including school governors and fundraisers to officially open the £250,000 library extension which is now home to hundreds of fiction and non-fiction books.

The white walls of the library have been transformed by Calne community artist Josh Simpson who has created murals containing favourite book characters such as Harry Potter and Alice in Wonderland. All 220 pupils from St Margaret's plus staff and guests were in the new library for the official opening. During the opening, Mr d'Lacey unveiled a commemorative dragon plaque of 'Gruffen', one of the most popular dragons from his books.

At the end of the afternoon parents were invited to join their children for a book signing by Mr d'Lacey, led by Jo Bachelor, owner of Devizes Books who has worked with the school on stocking the library. St Margaret's Headmistress Karen Cordon said: 'We are delighted with our new library which will be a great resource for pupils for many years to come. I would like to thank everyone who has helped to make it possible. We work with Cherhill Primary School on a number of initiatives so we were pleased that their pupils could be involved in the inspiring workshops held by Mr d'Lacey.'

The school has also just bought a number of iPads which are linked to software which quizzes children on books they have read before they move on to new material. Mrs Cordon said: 'This is a fun way for children to interact with the books they borrow and it allows us to know if they have read and understood them.'
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