Children at North Hykeham All Saints Primary School celebrated the launch of their revamped library, and got to meet children’s author Nina Ratcliffe on Wednesday, April 23.
After being set the task of designing the new library themselves 11 pupils, dubbed the “Book Brigade”, raised funds to fill the colourful new space.
Deputy Head Teacher, Amy Tedford, said: “They chose everything in here with a budget of £1,000.
“Together, we went on the internet and looked through catalogues and then the girls had to design the room using their maths skills to check that they weren’t going over budget.
“The team also raised money because they were a little short by holding a second-hand book sale for World Book Day. They also painted the walls themselves and wrote to friends of the school for donations for the new carpet.
Kayci Pool (10) told The Lincolnite how the idea came about: “We thought the library was quite ugly and a boring place to read so we wanted to make it a bit more fun.
“We went around and did a survey about what type of books people to like to read so we made it fair for everyone and then we used that list when we chose what to buy.”
Georgie Fogg (11) said: “We didn’t have many subjects for us to choose what to read and we felt that the younger children got a better range of books.
“I love the 3D effect on the walls now and I think the fun space will encourage the younger children to start reading.”
Loren Stuart (10) added: “We asked for books about horror, love, fantasy and Minecraft. When we were deciding what to buy, we looked at which genre had the most requests.
“I think we will definitely be reading more now because it is a nicer place. We didn’t want it to be a normal library we wanted it to be a fun space as well and we decided on lots of colour and comfort.”