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 Stoke Damerel Community College celebrated World Book Day 2016 with a fairground-themed book festival in the Library.

"The main attractions were our Bring A Book and Hook A Duck Book Swap stall run by Year 7 Students," said College librarian Mrs Wrennall. 

"Students brought in their old books from home to swap them with friends for books they haven’t read," she explained.

"Students who brought in a book to swap got a free go on the Hook a Duck stall and anyone hooking a duck with an even number won a prize. "

"The book swap stall has proved to be so popular we have decided to let it continue until the end of term.

"The Year 7 students running the stall have really impressed me - not only have they encouraged students to swap their books they have also encouraged them to use their WBD tokens to get free World Book Day books from supermarkets and local book stores."

The stall is being run by Courtney and Kieran who man the stall before school, at break and at lunchtime.

Courtney says she has found it "really fun".

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 "I love books and I love reading so it's a fun thing to do.

"The largest number of books we have had someone bring in is 11 and I think by the end of running the book stall - which will be at the end of this term - we will have swapped about 150 books."

On World Book Day itself the fairground theme was continued with the Discover the Magic in Books stall where students where entertained by Mr Banks with some amazing book magic.
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Reading Futures were revealed by Madame Bibliotheque, who made reading recommendations to personally suit each student.

The Harry Potter-inspired Photo Booth allowed students to have their photographs taken in the famous flying car.

"The Puppet Shows were performed by students who had been working in English lessons to produce puppet scripts," said Mrs Wrennall.

"Each English teacher chose the best story written in their class to be performed in the library to a popcorn-munching audience.

Raising Standards Leader, Mrs Laing said it was "wonderful" to see the students overcome their shyness to perform their shows to an audience.

"I was so proud of them all," she added.

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