Author begins new chapter at school library

Author Clementine Beauvais cuts the ribbon to reopen the Pocklington Prep School Library.
Author Clementine Beauvais cuts the ribbon to reopen the Pocklington Prep School Library.

Pupils at Pocklington Prep School have a restocked and revamped library to enjoy after children’s author Clementine Beauvais visited to open it.

Prep School teacher Jonathan Ott and Pocklington School Librarian Angie Edwards spent many months selecting a new book list for the library, as well as the right shelves and furniture to make it welcoming and comfortable.

To celebrate the launch of the new collection, they invited York-based Ms Beauvais to cut the ribbon and officially declare the library ready for visitors.

Ms Beauvais, author of the Royal Babysitters series (aimed at children aged 7 upwards), as well as the Sesame Seade mystery series (aimed at nine to 11-year-olds) and young adult novel Piglettes, talked to pupils in assembly about being a writer and what inspires her.

Ms Beauvais, who also lectures in English and Education at the University of York, presented the school with three signed copies of Royal Babysitters books.

Ian Wright, Head of Pocklington Prep School, said: “A bright and appealing library is vital to foster a love for reading in children. It has been a pleasure to see our pupils respond to the work undertaken to modernise our library – and to Ms Beauvais’ visit.

“We now have a thrilling collection of books to inspire the boys and girls to delve into the wonderful worlds, both imaginary and real, which they portray.

“Thanks to Mr Ott and Mrs Edwards for their hard work in transforming our library, and to Ms Beauvais for getting it off to such an exciting and inspirational start.”