Hodgson Academy is hoping to create a buzz about books in its local community.
Hodgson Academy has officially unveiled a free library and book exchange it has called the Book Hive.
The mini library, at the entrance to Hodgson Academy on Moorland Road, is open to all students, staff, parents and the local community to borrow or swap books.
Aimee King, Hodgson’s Lead Teacher of Religious Education, has overseen the Book Hive project. She said: “Being a Reading School, my aim is to promote literacy and a love of reading, alongside building a real sense of community across all generations. There are books within the Book Hive that are suitable for all ages to borrow, share and exchange.
“I hope this becomes a valued resource for our local community.”
The Book Hive’s actual creation has been a community project in itself. More than 100 primary pupils from St John’s Catholic School, in Poulton, entered a design competition to showcase how it should look. Hodgson’s Student Council selected 10 designs from these entries, which were incorporated by local artist Jo Rainford into the eye-catching box.
The Book Hive has been built by Hodgson design technician Tim Forber and a team of the academy’s Reading Ambassadors will regularly maintain it.