Dorchester school opens £14k library

Dorchester school opens £14k library

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:05am 30th November 2019.

St Osmund's in Dorchester has a new school library after a £14,000 makeover.

They've said it's been transformed from 'dark and dingy' to a modern space where pupils can be inspired to love reading.

Mayor Richard Biggs officially opened the library yesterday, along with author and screenwriter Simon James Green, who held workshops for pupils throughout the day.

St Osmund's middle school library opening

Headteacher Mrs Sawtell said: 

"We want to inspire a love of reading in our young people. Our young people can learn about life and themselves through stories, drama and poetry. It can help equip our young people to venture through life with confidence and to be able to articulate their hopes and fears. 

"For this reason, in these times of austerity when lots of libraries are closing, here at St. Osmund's we have prioritised our library.

"We now have a contemporary and colourful heart of the school which is a welcoming space that is fit for purpose and where children love to spend time reading. I hope that the legacy will be a generation of avid and curious readers."

St Osmund's middle school library opening

Some of the comments from the pupils:

"The new library is a lot better than the old one because it's a lot brighter, and there's more comfy seats so it's a lot more relaxing when you're in there reading."

"It's a lot more colourful and there's a bigger and better selection of books."

St Osmund's middle school library opening

The cash was raised by parents, the PTA and local businesses, including Magna housing, Mythicsoft and Battens solicitors.

St Osmund's middle school library opening