Children celebrate new mobile library in Cornwall

A new mobile library is set to support thousands of Cornish school children with their reading attainment and love of books.

Cornwall Council’s Education Library Service launched its new mobile library stocked with more than 7,000 children’s books at Mount Hawke Academy this week.

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A group of Year 5 pupils became the first children in Cornwall to step into the multi-coloured, specially-decorated library van to choose new titles for their school library.

The service is now ready to visit more than 70 primary schools once a term so pupils aged five to 11 can choose and exchange their favourite books.

The Education Library Service (ELS) contributes to children's reading development by providing resources and expertise to primary schools across Cornwall who have subscribed to the service.

It currently supports 30,000 pupils by providing a regular source of newly published, evaluated and discounted books to develop reading and learning and support and enhance schools’ learning objectives.

Experienced library staff are on hand to give advice and practical support saving school staff time and delivering value for money.

The ELS offers a once-termly mobile library visit to schools who have signed up specifically for the service.

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, said: “We believe every child in Cornwall should leave school with a love of books and the ability to read well so they have the greatest opportunities to succeed throughout their lives.

“Our role in achieving this is to offer primary schools in Cornwall a service that brings reading to life and supports educational attainment.

“This new, state-of-the art mobile library will dramatically improve the service we provide and we hope that many more schools and their pupils will engage with our books every single week.”

Catherine Biddick, head of Mount Hawke Academy, said: “We’re just delighted to have been chosen as the school for the new Education Library Service van to be launched at.

“We have a long history with the Education Library Service and this new mobile library means we can choose lots of new books to refresh our library regularly and children who don’t have the opportunity to go into a library can come into the van and see what a library is like.”

Schools can find out more about Cornwall Council’s Education Library Service, including how to subscribe, by contacting 01872 323456 or els@cornwall.gov.uk