Holy Trinity School in Kidderminster hosted celebrated children’s author John Dougherty on National Poetry Day, Thursday 6th October, to officially open the Primary School’s new library.
As the day progressed the author met and spoke with pupils from every year group, telling them stories and singing his infectious and cheeky songs to the children’s great delight, before meeting parents and opening the School’s new library facility and taking part in a mega book signing session.
Born in Northern Ireland, John is a successful children’s author, poet, songwriter and former primary school teacher, with his first book ‘Zeus on the Loose’ published in 2004 and shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for 'an outstanding first novel for children’. He is best known for the fabulously funny ‘Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face’ stories. Currently there are five books in the series, with the sixth; ‘Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Great Kerfuffle Christmas Kidnap’ published this week.
Holy Trinity Teacher - Librarian, Miss Katherine Slack, commented: “The day was a huge success; laughter rang through the concert hall during each of John’s entertaining performances and the level of support from families at our opening was phenomenal.
“John’s ‘opening’ speech was very appropriate; a library is like Dr Who’s Tardis… reading takes you everywhere… and now our pupils have even greater access to a wide range of quality literature in an enticing environment.”
The Library received financial support from the School’s PTA who donated £2,000 to purchase library books, on top of £100 they had already donated to each class-teacher so that they could create a unique book zone in every classroom, and parents generously donated 'preloved' books to the library project.
Working with highly skilled teams on the new Primary School Learning Centre, Peters Books & Furniture created the library designs and Associate Interior Solutions installed the bespoke library furniture and flooring, the project was also helped and supported by staff from Kidderminster Library.