Korky Paul celebrates books at Windale

By Sarah Edwards

Award winning children’s book illustrator, Korky Paul opened the new library at Windale Community Primary School in Blackbird Leys.
The school has been fundraising through non-uniform days, cake sales and fayres in order to buy new books and equipment for the completely refurbished special reading space. The staff team led by English Lead Lindsay Watson and joined by parent volunteers from The Dragon School in Oxford, have worked tirelessly to create a calm and inviting space for the children to encourage more reading. Many books have been kindly donated by Hamilton Trust and The Dragon School.
Korky Paul led a whole-school assembly, during which he drew a special edition picture of his famous illustrative creation ‘Winnie the Witch’, which he has gifted to Windale Primary and also narrated the magical tale. The children were talked through the unique process of creating illustrations and how they add to a story.
The whole school was invited to the new library to witness the official opening as Korky, surrounded by the school’s junior librarians, cut the ribbon and announced the library open to the sound of a huge cheer from staff and children.
Headteacher, Ms Katie Geran-Haq, said: “The children are excited to have an on-site library to access a whole range of reading material, including non-fiction, picture books, novels and comics. We also have an online Reading Cloud with e-books where children can review what they have read and blog about their reading. Our library venture is encouraging reading at all levels across the school.”
The library also aims to have a section suitable for parents up and running in the New Year to further encourage a reading culture with eveyone associated with the school.
The library is open until 4pm every day and will be run by newly appointed Librarian Sharon Smith.