Sheffield shoolchildren pound pavements in library protest

Pupils from Lydgate Junior School,Crosspool,marched down Manchester Road to Brommhill Library in protest about its proposed closure.
Pupils from Lydgate Junior School,Crosspool,marched down Manchester Road to Brommhill Library in protest about its proposed closure.
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Little people made a big noise over Sheffield Council’s plans to close their local library.

Youngsters from Lydgate Junior School pounded the pavements armed with placards to show their opposition to the city council’s plans to shut Broomhill Library.

They sang and chanted as they made their way down Manchester Road to the library in a bid to make their voices heard.

The protest was led by Year Six pupil Anna Mayer, aged 11, who enlisted the help of classmates to save the facility from closure.

For an entire week the school tailored its curriculum towards the demonstration - pupils composed a protest song in Music lessons, had to make the case for keeping the library open as part of their persuasive writing topic in English and created banners in Art and Design.

Headteacher Stuart Jones said: “How on earth could a school pour cold water on children coming forward with an idea based on learning and culture?

“I think what they have done is stunning and brilliant. It teaches them about processes behind decisions and encourages them to make a positive contribution.

“Even if they do not manage to chance the outcome, they have made their voices heard.”

Council workers carrying out public consultation over libraries have asked to meet with pupils.