Author guest of honour at library launch
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THE author who won a BBC competition to find the next JK Rowling will be guest of honour at The Caldecott Foundation in Smeeth next Friday.
Louise Arnold will open the new school library and spend the day working with the children at the charity, which cares for young victims of abuse.
Her visit to Caldecott will be particularly relevant, as she has had to overcome her own personal challenge of dyslexia to become a highly-rated children’s author.
Louise, who lives in Canterbury following graduation from the University of Kent, will help youngsters with their books, as well as reading from her own novels, before opening the new library, equipped at a cost of £10,000 thanks to Caldecott supporters.
Head teacher Greg Levitt paid tribute to Caldecott trustee Sue Soan, former head of learning support at the school, and a national authority on special needs education, who invited Louise, and teacher Jo Chessum, one of the school’s two literacy co-ordinators who had the responsibility of creating the library.
The library is the latest asset for Caldecott School, which was formally opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in December.
Mr Levitt said: “Experience shows that when you provide learning support beside the most important room in the school – the library, which everyone uses – pupils are much more positive about undertaking extra reading.
“Suddenly, it becomes ‘cool’ to read”.
Author Louise Arnold