Children’s book illustrator opens library at Harpenden school

Illustrator Nick Schon and head Sharon Swinson open the new library

Illustrator Nick Schon and head Sharon Swinson open the new library - Credit: Archant

Young bookworms were itching to get through the doors of their new library when it was officially opened recently.

The Lea School in Moorland Road, Harpenden, had invited Nick Schon, the illustrator beind the Biff, Chip and Kipper reading scheme used in most schools, to come along and open the £7,500 library which was funded by the PTA.

Not only did Nick cut the ribbon but he also spent the day at the school where he drew his famous characters for the children and added others at their request.

The purpose-built and child-friendly library in the main part of the school was installed in the first week of the new term but the children were not able to use it until after the official opening.

Headteacher Sharon Swinson said: “They just love it and they are really keen to keep it organised.”


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The PTA has been fundraising for the library since 2013 at events such as summer and Christmas Fairs and a recent Lego exhibition.

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