James Calvert Spence College were lucky enough to be awarded a bookshop spree grant from The Siobhan Dowd Trust to buy books for the school library. Created in memory of children’s author, Siobhan Dowd, the trust works to give young people the opportunity to read and enjoy literature. 

11 students visited the Accidental Bookshop in Alnwick and spent an hour browsing the shelves and choosing books. The trust awarded JCSC £650 to spend, and the Accidental Bookshop also kindly gave our students a 20% discount on their purchases.

The school librarian, Vicky Johnson, said “It was a joy to take the students to the bookshop. They made some great choices of things I might not have considered and I was impressed by their enthusiasm and teamwork.”

She continues “Many of them had asked their classmates for recommendations and so we have a great mixture of popular titles and of books the students wanted to choose personally. I look forward to seeing them used in the library”.

Lola, in Year 6, says “I chose the book Finding Bear because I read the blurb and it sounds really interesting and hooked me in.”

Marshall, in Year 7, chose the book ‘Scotland Forgotten History’. He said “I chose this book because I like things to do with history and I’m from Scotland. It also means that others can learn about different countries.”

Many thanks to the Siobhan Dowd Trust for this amazing treat and to the Accidental Bookshop for allowing us to visit. 

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