Bradford-born comedian Adrian Edmondson went back to school last week to officially open their new state-of-the-art library which is set of encourage a love of reading.
Adrian lived on Highfield Road as a child before achieving fame as a comedy actor, winner of BBC’s MasterChef and is currently playing the role of Malvolio in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Twelfth Night. He has recently written a very well
received children’s book called ‘Tilly and the Time Machine’ which children in KS2 have been reading.
The library, which has the capacity for 3000 books, is three times bigger than the previous library and is now fully accessible to all as it is situated on the ground floor.
Head of School, Annette Patterson said: “We hope our new school library will become the heart of Thackley Primary School. It will absolutely improve the children’s learning experiences and we really can’t wait for it to be finally open!
“A well-stocked, well-designed and well-used library will have a lasting affect on generations of children at the school. It will help us to foster a love of reading in all of our children which we know is so vital.”
The new school library will be open during and after school and will be appointing new junior librarians to look after the library and their all-new, broad selection of books.
During his visit to Thackley Primary School he read the children excerpts from his book, Tilly and the Time Machine – released earlier this year, posed for photos, answered questions from pupils and signed books for children, staff and parents.
He had also brought a number of his favourite children’s books to present to the library.
Thanks to questions from the school’s inquisitive reading club, the group found out that Mr Edmondson would travel back to the days of Lord Nelson if had a time machine, that he is a fan of TV comedy The Windsors and that he has a pet Whippet.
His next book will be released in January and it is about a boy who becomes friends with a talking Shetland Pony.
Bradford Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Education, Employment and Skills, Coun Imran Khan said:
“Congratulations to the staff, pupils, parents and carers at Thackley Primary School who have worked together to make the new library possible and encourage a love for reading. I am sure all the children will embrace the new area and it will become the
heart of the school and full of bookworms.”
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