Local MP Chris Skidmore visited Parkwall Primary School last week for the grand opening of their redeveloped school library.
Chris met with Head of School Gary Risdale and with pupils who showed him around the new library and sat down with him to discuss their favourite books and authors. Pupils explained to Chris how they had organised the library by genre and tested him on his knowledge, as well as telling him about what they would like to be when they are older.
Chris, who has published several books on history and was born and brought up locally, was especially pleased to talk with pupils about the kinds of books they most love and to answer their questions. The visit ended with Chris cutting the ribbon, officially declaring the library open.
Mr Risdale said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Chris back to Parkwall School. As we know, reading is the key to success and our new school library/research centre will give children the opportunity to explore, discover and offer opportunities to develop the depth of their reading. Chris was extremely welcoming, and our pupils loved having the chance to discuss books, favourite authors as well as history; a particular favourite of Chris'. It is important for our pupils to meet aspirational people from the community and we hugely appreciate Chris giving up time in his busy schedule to assist with our library launch.”
Chris said: “I was honoured to be invited to open Parkwall Primary School’s redeveloped library. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to chat to pupils about the great work the school is doing to promote the love of reading in their students, and the pupils I met during my visit so impressed me with their enthusiasm for reading and their thoughtful questions.”