Opening of our Literacy Library

We are delighted to announce the opening of our brand new, beautiful Literacy Library. 

This wonderful space now houses our collection of 23,000 children’s books and if you come to our Centre for training you will be surrounded by these books and amazing illustrations from the very best of children’s literature. 

We are so grateful to Garfield Weston, to the Foyle Foundation, to the Hobson Charity and to every single person who supported the build through our Crowdfunder campaign. 

The shelves, bookcases and alcoves in our library have all been sponsored by authors, illustrators, poets, literacy organisations, teachers, schools, book lovers, journalists, children’s publishers, magazines and by other charities. 

The space was designed by Eric Guibert and built by GPF Lewis. Our lighting design was donated by Jonathan Howard of DHA Designs.  Each of the nine, 3 metre high illustrations around the alcoves were donated by the artists and the publishers.  See our earlier news story on building the Literacy Library. 

This space embodies everything we do and stand for at CLPE – we are so proud to have a space that puts quality children’s literature at the very heart of learning. 

We hope you’ll be able to visit soon but, if you can’t, you can have a preview by watching our video which is narrated by Joseph Coelho using his poem There are Things That Lurk in a Libraryfrom Overheard in a Tower Block, published by Otter Barry Books.

For more details see our Press Release 

We were delighted to have Mayor of Southwark and CLPE trustee Catherine Rose visiting our new Literacy Library (see photo below).