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WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ: Race Leys Junior School Celebrates World Book Day with unique new library

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Pupils and Teachers of Race Leys Junior school clicked their ruby slippers and transformed their school library into a world of multicolour! Let's follow the yellow brick road and take a look!

Race Leys Junior School (RLJS), Bedworth, Warwickshire, part of Griffin Schools Trust (GST), decided to celebrate World Book Day 2021 by unveiling its imaginative newly refurbished ‘Wizard of Oz’ themed library.  With a collection of classic and modern fiction and a wide selection of non-fiction, the focus at RLJS is clearly on reading.

In recognition of much-loved classic stories, the artwork, produced by local company Media Collective, is based upon the Wonderful Wizard and Dorothy's Journey to the Emerald City, with customised seating for small groups and additional cosy areas for social reading.

In this magical munchkin land there is even a vending machine filled with books to enjoy!

“Griffin Schools Trust believes in wide horizons and high achievement for all its pupils. Providing engaging spaces to promote a lifelong love of reading has the power to transform lives,” explained Carrie Clare, Executive Head.

She continued with “Research indicates that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success, greater than family circumstances, parents’ educational background or income, which is why the library is at the heart of our school.”

School librarian Mrs Lowe said: “Our new library really is the place to be! We even have a book vending machine containing a wide selection of the latest new titles - winners of our weekly Regular Readers Reading Raffle can select their prize of a book of their choice. 

"We are so proud of our engaging environment and are looking forward to welcoming our Race Leys families and wider community in for collaborative reading time when restrictions are lifted!”

Even with the current restrictions in place, RLJS is determined to celebrate, with all 240 pupils, from Year 3 to Year 6, dressing up as their favourite literary character and discussing their book of choice, whether at school as children of key workers or learning remotely at home, with prizes for the most creative costumes.  

Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day has been marked in over 100 countries around the world for the past 24 years and has become one of Griffin Schools Trust’s proud traditions.

Currently, England is the lowest ranking English speaking country for pupils’ enjoyment of reading but Race Leys are hoping to change that with this spectacular new library, filled with happiness and imagination. Griffin Schools Trust’s vision is to create environments that produce awe and wonder in their pupils and inspire them.  

Research shows children who read for pleasure are more likely to flourish academically, socially, emotionally and career-wise in today’s information-rich world.

Griffin Schools Trust believes that finding ways to engage students in reading is one of the most effective ways to leverage social change.

With a first class ticket to munchkin land, one can imagine that the pupils of Race Leys School wouldn't want to click their heels three times to return home!


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