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“Miss, we didn’t want to come to this ‘coz we thought it would be boring…………BUT IT WAS BRILLIANT!!!“.   This was a comment made to me from a group of prep school children after their session with the renowned children’s book and reading expert Marilyn Brocklehurst of the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre.

Marilyn and her husband Simon transported literally thousands of books from their shop to our school on Friday 6th November.  There was something for the youngest nursery child up to 16-18 year old readers and non-readers alike.

We listened to Marilyn talk enthusiastically about the books, recommending favourites of all styles and reading excerpts from various tomes to the children.  We were all caught up in her infectious passion and sales soared accordingly.

The purpose of her visit was primarily to help Mrs Gould spend an incredibly generous sum donated by ‘Friends of Finborough’ to help us to improve our library further.  Each and every child was invited to choose a book to be purchased for the library so the whole school had a hand in the new stock selection.  Many chose to buy for themselves as well.

Later in the afternoon, Marilyn talked to a group of parents on the theme of the benefits of reading for pleasure and how to encourage children in this aim.  This was a very positive and well received event.  One parent told me how she had good memories of listening to Marilyn when she herself was a schoolgirl.

The day was held in our newly opened space adjacent to the Sky Café in the upper area of the new sports hall. Marilyn and Simon were as impressed with the hall and the views as they were with our Finborough pupils who, as always, were receptive, enthusiastic and polite.

Very soon now, our purchases will be available for children to borrow from the library.

I would like to say a very heartfelt thank you to our wonderful caretaker, Trevor, who worked over and above all expectations in order to set up and clear away what was a truly marathon task. Much appreciated by myself and Mr and Mrs Brocklehurst.

I would also like to thank all our parents who, as always, are so supportive of these events.

If you are ever in the vicinity I recommend a little detour to visit the Norfolk Children’s Book Centre – the best bookshop in the world!   Here is NCBC website link to Marilyn’s recommended book list:


Mrs Gould