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South Tyneside celebrates World Book Day

ON YELLOW BRICK ROAD ... The Wonderful Wizard Of Ozs Dorothy Gale, alias Megan Crombie, visiting pupils at Monkton Infant School for World Book Day. Below, author Keith Brumpton at South Shields Central Library and, right, Coun Alan Kerr being shown how to use e-book software by librarian Julia Robinson.

ON YELLOW BRICK ROAD ... The Wonderful Wizard Of Ozs Dorothy Gale, alias Megan Crombie, visiting pupils at Monkton Infant School for World Book Day. Below, author Keith Brumpton at South Shields Central Library and, right, Coun Alan Kerr being shown how to use e-book software by librarian Julia Robinson.

BOOKWORMS across South Tyneside have been lapping up lots of literature.

Schools and libraries across the borough held events to celebrate the 17th World Book Day yesterday.

The annual event, organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to encourage people to read more, saw children dress up as their favourite literary characters and an author talk about his trade.

Pupils at Monkton Infant School in St Simon Street, South Shields, enjoyed a theme day inspired by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the 1900 children’s novel by Frank Baum turned into a film starring Judy garland in 1939.

Children dressed up as characters such as Dorothy Gale, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow, as well as taking part in themed activities.

Deputy headteacher Claire Askwith said: “I’m sitting here with a green face and wearing a witch’s costume, so it’s definitely been a good day.

“All the staff are dressed up as different characters, and I’m not sure how I ended up being the Wicked Witch of the West. I’ll try not to take it too personally.

“The kids have loved it. We’ve been doing themed Wizard of Oz activities all week, so they know all about the story, and it’s so lovely seeing them all running around the school in their red ruby slippers, and there’s hay all over the place from the scarecrows.

“We even had Dorothy come to visit. She sang Over The Rainbow and told the kids about her time in Oz and answered their questions. They loved it.”

Over at South Shields Central Library, in Prince Georg Square, author and illustrator Keith Brumpton dropped by to host workshops.

The Newcastle-born writer, author of books including Dino FC and Derek The Depressed Viking, was joined by pupils from Hadrian Primary, Marine Park Primary and Westoe Crown Primary schools, all in South Shields.

Reader development librarian Pauline Martin said: “It’s been brilliant.

“The kids have really engaged with Keith, and they did lots of lovely drawings.

“Keith showed them how to draw some of his characters like Tanya the cow and his kung fu pigs.

“All the kids went away with free books from the library, and they had some free juice and cakes provided by Asda.

“The day has been a big success, and it’s all about promoting books and reading, so hopefully, the kids will keep coming back.”

South Tyneside’s libraries service is also encouraging people to embrace modern technology by setting up a series of e-book workshops.

Library users are being given the opportunity to check out the hardware and get to grips with handling electronic literature.

The library service has 1,246 e-book titles for people to read.

Coun Alan Kerr, lead member for culture and leisure at South Tyneside Council, visited Central Library yesterday to find out more.

He said: “I’m all in favour of technology being used to increase people’s knowledge and to encourage them to read more books.

“E-books are proving very popular with people young and old.”

E-book workshops are being held in South Shields on Monday at Boldon Lane Library and on Wednesday at Cleadon Park Library, both from 1pm to 4pm

East Boldon Library will host one on Monday, March 17, from 1.30pm to 4pm, as will Jarrow’s Primrose Library on Wednesday, March 19, from 9.30am to noon.

Others will follow on Wednesday, March 26, at Hebburn Library and on Friday, March 28, at Jarrow Library, both from 1.30pm to 4pm.

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