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A Heanor school is launching an appeal for books - in a bid to expand its library by more than 1,000 titles.

Howitt Primary School on Holmes Street, asked parents to bring in copies of books they no longer used at the start of the year, thinking they might swell their collection by 100.

But literacy leader at the school Babs Coates said the response from parents was better than expected - yielding 802 new titles.

Now staff have been inspired to try and get even more by placing ‘drop-boxes’ for people to place in books they no longer use around Heanor.

Mrs Coates said: “We found the children had a renewed enthusiasm for reading but their current library isn’t very inspiring. So far the response has been amazing, but we want to reach a target of 1,000 new books. We are not asking for money, we are asking people to check on their shelves, check for books they don’t read, or have grown out of and donate them.”

The drop-boxes will be at Heanor Tesco, Heanor Town Hall, Heanor Memorial Hospital and Heanor Health Centre on Wilmot Street. Books must be suitable for three to 11-year-olds.