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World Book Day Heralds A New Era For BG’s Library
On Thursday 3 March, BG will celebrate World Book Day and the start of a new library building project with the help of a whole host of local primary school children.

Guests will read from a selection of children's favourite books, after a cake cutting ceremony to mark the official start of the library extension and refurbishment project. At the end of the day the children attending will be given a free book as a memento of their day.

Library Extension Project
In February 2011, the Sibthorp Library at Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln celebrated its 125 birthday. To prepare the library for another century of use, a £2.5m extension and refurbishment project will begin in mid-2011 (subject to final planning permission), creating a state-of-the-art resource at the heart of the BG campus.

Muriel Robinson, BG Principal - "Our plans for the library make a bold statement of our commitment to our students. It has the potential to offer state of the art facilities in what we hope will be a building filled with character, comfort, and flexibility. Ultimately, we envisage a building that will be remembered and admired and which, by the time of the University College’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2012, will stand as a fitting tribute to all of the people who have helped keep the University College alive for so long, including its over 17,000 graduates."

The design for the library building project proposes a space which will be inviting, accessible, comfortable, flexible and future-proof. The designs include a large flexible study room for group work, several seminar rooms, a silent study space incorporating four individual silent study booths, a 24 hour access IT Suite, and lots of study spaces in and around the book shelves. It is the intention to also include a purpose-built facility for BG's extensive Children’s Collection of children’s books and classroom resources, in the style of a school library, and a specific room in which to house a comprehensive Lincolnshire Collection of local history books.

Emma Sansby, Head of Library Services at BG - “It’s a really exciting project which will have very tangible benefits for the people who study and work at the University College, both in terms of academic achievement and personal well-being. We are aiming to cement the library’s place at the heart of the BG community and create functional, flexible spaces that people enjoy coming to and being within.”

World Book Day
World Book Day was designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and is marked in over 100 countries around the globe. It is the biggest annual celebration of books and reading in the UK and Ireland, with the main aim to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading.

Guest readers invited to read on the day will include BG Principal Muriel Robinson, BG Chair of Governors Max Manin, and Sam Thomson and Elizabeth Clarvis from the BG Students' Union.

The importance of reading with children has been the subject of much research in recent years. A recent survey carried out by researchers at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, found that children whose parents read with them every day at the age of three were more likely to do well in their first year of primary school, advancing by at least two months in their language, literacy and maths skills.

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