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Pupils from Nook Lane Junior School, Stannington, all winners in the school’s Nooker Prize poetry competition, visited Stannington Library to read their work to an audience of parents, grandparents and library users.

Competition organiser Phil Walsh, who teaches English at Nook Lane, said, “It was a great experience for the children to be able to perform their work in a public space like Stannington Library in front of an audience mostly unknown to them. On behalf of everyone at Nook Lane, I would like to thank the volunteers who made the event possible, who welcomed us so warmly and without whom Stannington Library would simply not be there anymore.”

STAND was formed in 2013 after Sheffield City Council announced its decision to close sixteen libraries (including Stannington) unless volunteers took them on. STAND was registered as a charity in 2014 and is funded by grants, donations and fund-raising activities. The library is run by a team of dedicated volunteers.