LUCKY students across Midhurst were given the chance to meet a leading children’s author at the new Grange.
Year 1 and year 2 pupils from Midhurst Primary School were invited by the West Sussex Library Service to attend an author event at the new Midhurst library in the Grange Leisure Centre, which will culminate in a piece of artwork to be displayed in the new library for everyone to see and admire.
The workshop was led by Petr Horacek, author and illustrator of Puffin Peter (shortlisted for the Greenaway award in 2012) and other children’s picture books.
Children’s librarian for the West Sussex Library Service, Frances Trimming, said: “Petr talked to the children about his books and used powerpoint to illustrate his talk while reading from some of his favourites.
“He also used a flip chart to show the children how he draws the animal characters in his books, and encouraged them to invent new animals which he then asked them to draw and colour on paper for the mural.”
Ten students from Midhurst Rother College (MRC), led by MRC librarian Nikki Williams, were on hand to help Petr set up his presentation and assist the children with the art workshop and the tricky business of using scissors.
Once they had completed their drawings and cut them out, Petr helped them to glue their pictures on to the mural he had drawn and painted in preparation for the day.
The children returned to school with books signed by Petr and letters inviting them to join the library service.
This will now give them free access to the books and resources of all the libraries in West Sussex and in particular enable them to use Midhurst Library anytime between 7am-11pm to borrow, renew and return their books.
Nikki added: “The event, which took place in the Willow Room at the new library at The Grange, Midhurst was a great success.
“Petr Horacek created a beautiful picture for the wall of the children’s section with the enthusiastic help of ten student librarians from Midhurst Rother College and 70 Midhurst Primary School children.
“Two workshops during the day involved children listening to Petr’s enchanting stories and then creating drawings of unusual and funny animals to be pasted on to a colourful back ground created by the author.
“The result will be on display shortly.”