Beanstalk – a national literacy charity which recruits, trains and supports volunteer reading helpers in schools – presented pupils at Wentworth Primary School in Dartford with a case of books to add to their adventurous Indiana Jones-themed library called the ‘Discovery Library’.

The Dartford primary school was selected at random to receive the prize books after entering a competition at a local education event earlier this month, part of Beanstalk’s efforts to highlight the importance of reading in primary schools and to support its ongoing call for new volunteer reading helpers to come forward across Kent and Medway.

Pupils at the school were delighted to receive their new books which they were keen to add to the shelves of their fantastic and inspiring reading facility. Named the ‘Discovery Library’, the reading area includes a range of exciting features including a sensory zone complete with sound effects, as well as areas where spiders and snakes adorn walls and windows for a truly inspirational area for children to relax and read.

“At Beanstalk we are always on the look-out for new and exciting ways to bring the joy of reading into a child’s life,” says Denise Jolley at Beanstalk Kent and Medway who presented the school with the books. “It’s fantastic to see facilities such as this in schools which really inspire a life-long love of reading.”

Could you make a positive impact on a struggling reader and find new ways to inspire them to read? Beanstalk recruits and trains volunteer reading helpers across Kent and Medway. If you would like to make a lasting difference to children’s lives and can spare 3 hours a week please contact the Maidstone office on 01622 662026 or apply via the website