Imagine being able to read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in a hobbit house! For the kids at Nansloe Academy in Helston, not only is this dream a reality, but their school’s library has been shortlisted for a 2013 School Library Design Award.
The school impressed the judges when they visited the library and found a little-used courtyard transformed into a story garden, complete with a hobbit house big enough to fit an entire class, and a medieval stage with costumes and props for children to act out their favorite literary scenes.
The school’s assistant head teacher, Ann Webb, said, “The story garden provides both a haven for quiet reading as well as a range of exciting environments to encourage children to take part in all sorts of interactive reading activities.”
“The judges showed great interest in the innovative project and spent time talking with governors, teachers, parents and, of course, the children who were united in their view that the library was one of the best things about their school.”
The panel of representatives from the School Library Association and sponsors Demco Interiors, judged all the entries across a set of criteria – inviting/improved library image, space planning, educational objectives, technology, and engagement and consultation. The winning school will be announced in October at an awards ceremony in London.