Brodetsky Primary School has opened a new free library to encourage the love for reading for pupils and families.
Brodetsky Primary School in Alwoodley has opened its own free library on campus, made available for both pupils and parents to take out and swap books. Made up of the school’s stock of new books and donated publications from parents, the Little Library was organised with help from the school’s Link Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), led by Jenny Sherman.
Helping Brodetsky put together a range of projects for the school, the Link PTA raised money for the new library with a range of fundraising ideas including film nights, bring and buy sales, lottery draws, and selling recycled children’s costumes for organised Purim celebrations.
The school and nursery, which educates children between two to 11 years old, opened the library as part of its week-long extension of the nationally recognised World Book Day. School activities across the five days included drama sessions, poetry writing, and a visit from children’s author Bali Rai, who gave the school pupils advice on developing their own writing.
“It was a great week at the school,” said Acting Deputy Headteacher Sagi Yechezkel. “We felt that we had to give something back to the kids who’ve missed out on so much these past couple of years.
“Primary learning is paramount, especially for a child’s social, emotional, and physical development. We also like to inject the fun side into education, which is the best way to learn and retain everything.
The pupils have absolutely loved the Little Library. It’s been heaving at the end of the school day, with a long queue of pupils, parents, and grandparents waiting to get hold of some books, which has been amazing.
“We can fit up to 30 books in the library, made up of new publications and donated books from parents. Our main goal is to promote the culture of swapping each other’s books around, encouraging the love for reading, and keeping our pupils inspired.”