Tuesday, 28 June 2011

School Library: Books instead of Toads

Can you imagine: you're sitting on the loo, doing your business, when a great, warty toad plops into your lap?! Well, it might have happened at Padfield School, because the space that's now full of books was once a grotty old loo, so damp they had resident toads and newts! No, really.

I was at Padfield all day Friday, doing a talk, a storytelling and a workshop, then cutting a yellow ribbon to open their lovely new library.
Everyone at the school has apparently been fundraising like crazy for ages to pay for it, and are so proud of what they've achieved. And rightly so - well done guys!

The school itself is in a truly beautiful location, surrounded by hills and meadows, in Derbyshire. The children have a proper allotment and access to a wood. Inner-city it's not! I did this quick sketch from the staff room window, but it doesn't do it justice:

Actually, I nearly didn't make it: I went down with a cold (again) on Wednesday and had been feeling quite rough all Thursday, but I didn't want to let them down, as they had the press coming and everything. As it turned out, I felt better than expected and we had a fun day. The children were SO excited and everyone gave their all. At 2pm, I wielded my ribbon-cutting scissors, and chatted to parents invited especially to view the library. Then I signed books. And signed books. I sold every single one from my loaded suitcase and took it home empty. Thanks so much Padfield.

It took so long that I thought I was going to miss my train home (a serious business out in the wilds of Derbyshire!). But Mrs Winterbottom was not to be defeated: she got me to New Mills station with literally seconds to spare. I made a dash for it (thank goodness for that empty case) and for once luck was in my side - the train was 1 minute late: just enough to make the difference.


Jean said...

Love the 5 minute quickie!

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

I love how your 'quick' sketches are so clean and neat looking. Mine would have smudges everywhere! =)

Sarah Melling said...

Those quick sketches are magical. You seem to get the lines in just the right spot without a lot of that "over sketching" stuff that mine are full of. Lovely!

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AnAis said...

Great, Lynne!!
Love the clean traces of your drawings :)

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to tell you how much my two children enjoyed your visit to Padfield School. My daughter was patricularly inspired and has not stopped sketching at every opportunity while my son now knows Class 2 at the Zoo by heart!
Thank you so much.
PS We love your drawing from the staff room window

Lynne Chapman said...

How lovely! Thank you so much for taking the trouble to let me know -that's fantastic news. Please say a big hello to both the children from me.