Young bookworms have been leafing through the stock at their new purpose-built library.
And award-winning children’s storyteller Tony Wilson was on hand to open the new facility at Langley First School.
The former dull and dreary space has been transformed into a bright and colourful library filled with thousands of new books after funds were raised by the Monkseaton school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA).
Headteacher Tim Jones said: “It’s thanks to the amazing efforts and tireless hard work of our PTA that we are lucky enough to be able to create this brilliant library.
“The area will offer a fantastic space where staff can share and nurture a love of reading and books with the children, encouraging them to independently choose library books that interest and engage them.”
After helping Tony to cut a ribbon, eight year-old Jacob, who is part of the school council, added: “It was very exciting being part of the library opening. We all love it because it’s bright and colourful and has such a big variety of books.”