The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) launched a campaign yesterday to raise funds to refurbish their central London headquarters, and create a permanent collection of children’s books to be used to support their work. As key champions of children’s literacy, the CLPE hopes that by creating a Literacy Library it can continue to provide top class training and resources for teachers, as well as providing a creative, engaging and accessible hub to be used across the children’s books industry.
The refurbishment is designed to allow a dedicated and permanent space for a collection of books and resources, which will serve to benefit over 5 million children. 23,000 children’s books, chosen by the CLPE’s in-house experts, will be housed there, creating a comprehensive collection of titles for all primary ages that can be browsed and read with a view to their use in the classroom. Funds raised will also allow for the space in the centre to be enhanced for events, and as a fully resourced venue for large or smaller meetings.
You can pledge your support by buying a shelf (£100), a book case (£500) or an alcove (£1000) in the new Literacy Library, or you can donate however much you like to help towards CLPE’s target. High profile names, including BookTrust, Beanstalk and key authors have already lent their support to the campaign.
Julia Donaldson, Children’s author, former Children’s Laureate and CLPE Supporter – “Having seen the inspiring work CLPE do to help schools to use drama, poetry and stories in creative ways I fully support their bid for improving the building. It’s so exciting to think of their library being able to display all their 23,000 books, and that it could become a nationally renowned training centre for teachers, librarians and literacy charities.”
To find out more and pledge money to the project, visit CLPE’s crowdfunding page here.