Library was setting for BBC World Book Day broadcast

A Trafford library was the setting for a BBC Learning live broadcast on World Book Day. (Thursday 7 March)

The BBC filmed its Live Lesson at Coppice Avenue Library in Sale and former Children’s Laureate, Malorie Blackman, Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, and this year’s World Book Day illustrator, creator of Blown Away, Rob Biddulph all featured in the broadcast.

BBC Teach Live Lessons are live, interactive 35-40 minute programmes for schools designed to support teachers and make learning fun. The target audience is schools, but anyone can take part by accessing a live stream on the BBC Learning website at the specified day and time.

The event featured presenter Ben Shires with a small group of children having an adventure as they work their way around a real library. The storyline is that the fictional Anti-Word League had ‘captured’ the three famous authors and turned them into World Book Day bookmark characters. The BBC’s team of book detectives moved through the library ‘rescuing’ the authors by performing fun reading challenges and interviewing the real authors once ‘released’.

Teachers and their pupils from across the country took part in the 40 minute broadcast by asking questions to the authors.

Cllr Kevin Procter, Trafford Council Executive Member for Communities and Housing, said:

“Here in Trafford we love our libraries and World Book Day is always a huge event for us. I am delighted that  Coppice Avenue Library was selected to host the World Book Day Live Lesson - everyone really enjoyed the event.”

Kirsten Grant, Director, World Book Day said:

“World Book Day are thrilled to be partnering with BBC Teach Live Lessons for the first time to create an exciting resource for schools to watch as part of their World Book Day celebrations. We are hugely grateful to our wonderful authors and illustrators, Cressida, Malorie and Rob – and to the BBC and Coppice Avenue Library for this fantastic opportunity to take our Share a Story message to as many schools and children as possible.”

You can watch the World Book Day Live Lesson again, as well as many others, on BBC Live Lessons.

Posted on Friday 8th March 2019