CHILDREN from St Athan Primary school have been presented with awards for helping design a logo for the village’s new community library and hub.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council-run facility has recently been relaunched after receiving a new stock of books.
And more improvements are planned in the future, with money set to be spent on the likes of refurbishing the building.
As part of the project, St Athan Primary pupils were asked to pen an image that could feature as the library’s new sign.
Every child at the school entered the competition, and such was the standard that the winning design was a combination of four different designs, submitted by Year 6 pupils Stacey Tumilty, Harri Brewer and Ruth Cornick and Year One winner Kassey Sloper-Symons.
Kassey was the overall infants winner, while prizes for Years Two, Three and Four went to Layla Smith, Emily Gulwell and Lola-Mai Hill respectively. In Year Five Finley Dukes and Katelyn Gardner were joint winners.
Their designs will be used on such things as stationary, branded merchandise, promotional materials and additional signs.
The winners were presented with their prizes by children’s author Wendy Hobbs, who also gave each child at the school one of her books, paid for by Howells Solicitors.
“We’ve always had a strong partnership between the library and the community,” said St Athan Primary School Headteacher Louise Haynes.
“The Library has always been a big part of what we do at school so when they were having all this work done, a new lease of life for the library and hub, they asked us to help. The children all took on board the things they love about reading and entered the competition.
“Use of the library is very important to the children. At the start of the year, we inform the library what our topics are and they get books in for us. We then run a system where children can go up there and use their resources.
“Hopefully then the children will go home and spread the excitement about the library to their families and they will come along on an evening or at weekends.
“They’ve got a whole new bank of books, full ICT resources, which is important, and we’ve actually run some ICT courses for the community in the school.”
Wendy Hobbs said: “At the launch of the library, I had a wonderful day meeting all the children and their parents. I did two readings of my books and the children who designed the logo were presented with their prizes.
“The Library is so important because it can inspire children to write, give them confidence and the opportunity to meet authors.
“It’s a wonderful library, very light and airy and there are lots of interesting books.”