PICTURES: Dundee pupils excited at opening of reading bar

Pupils from the P6 class use the new Booktopia at Glebelands Primary School, Baffin Street, Dundee
Pupils from the P6 class use the new Booktopia at Glebelands Primary School, Baffin Street, Dundee

Pupils at Glebelands Primary are excited after the opening of their Booktopia reading bar.

Primary six youngsters from the school worked alongside their teacher Gary Jamieson to create the reading space in a disused area of the school.

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Hoping to promote more reading at Glebelands, the pupils helped to build the bar and even designed the Booktopia logo which was created by artist Gavin Guyan, who described the area as “pure dead brilliant”.

Teacher Gary said: “We have created an area where the children are in charge of their own learning, at their own pace.

“The aim is to read for enjoyment and fun and to encourage children to get reading materials into their hands but more importantly to do so in collaboration with their peers.

“The book bar staff are also learning real skills for life and work and so far have been amazing in their roles.”

Pupils were delighted by the grand opening of the bar.

Weronika Soltys said: “As a member of staff, it was a busy time. We were asked a lot of questions by the customers and visitors.

“I thought it was a great start to Booktopia.”

Felix Korab added: “I really enjoy the bar because you can relax and read with your friends, I didn’t really enjoy reading until now.”

Layla Clark said: “This is a place full of heart-warming inspiration where you can sit back and relax in a book”.

Kenzie Whyte had just one small grievance. She said: “I have really enjoyed it but I wish there were more joke books.”

Head teacher Robert Gill added: “I am so proud of the commitment and effort to raise the profile of reading in Glebelands. Seeing it now I cannot put into words how wonderful it is.”