CHILDREN are getting books delivered to their school doorstep as part of a new project.

Tuesday afternoons are one of the most popular periods in the timetable at Ashbrow Infant and Nursery School in Sheepridge, when the mobile library visits the school.

Small groups of pupils take turns to board the mobile, browse and select a book to take home and listen to a story read by the driver, Ian Newsam.

It is a routine that is reaping benefits, particularly in children’s attitudes to reading and books. School staff have noted that the children take more care when handling books and spend time making their final selection.

Headteacher Dora Plant, said it was refreshing for the children to hear a man read them a story.

“This worthwhile partnership between school and library services has reverberated throughout school.

“I would like to thank all those involved in arranging and ensuring that this much-needed learning opportunity takes place for our children,” she added.

Mr Newsam said: “It’s great coming to the school and seeing the children enjoying books.

“I never imagined that I’d be doing a story time but it’s really good. They seem to enjoy it and I certainly do.”

Ashbrow Infant and Nursery is one of seven schools currently visited by the mobile library service in this new initiative, which it is hoped can be extended.

Also being served are Dryclough Infants, Crosland Moor Juniors, Birkby Nursery and Infants and Fixby Junior and Infant School, Hartshead Junior and Infant School and Holme Junior and Infant School, Holmfirth.