Sheffield United players Mark Howard and Stefan Scougall joined with Sheffield Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens in opening the new library at Brunswick Primary School recently.
The event took place during an assembly in the school hall so all pupils could be involved. The excitement of the children was plain to see as they saw the old library being transformed into a new facility by means of a virtual tour on a big screen.
The players were quizzed by pupils about their reading habits. Howard and Scougall both admitted to enjoying Biff Chip and Kipper as kids and Scougall's love of Harry Potter books was very well received by the audience.
Crime novels by Peter James are now a favourite with the Blades goalkeeper as they are set in Sussex where he grew up whilst sporting autobiographies figure in the Scotsman preferences.
The library is very much the work of staff member Joanna Brennan and she was delighted that the players had been able to attend the unveiling.
Jo said: "It was fantastic to have the support of Mark and Stefan at our library launch. Their attendance and the way they spoke about their love of reading really inspired all of our children.
"The players engaged so well with our excited young readers and were great role models who helped to create a sense of anticipation about the launch of the new library."
Howard commented: "It was a pleasure to support this event. The pupils are obviously delighted with the new library and it is a great space. Reading is so important and if we can encourage youngsters to read for pleasure, especially boys, then that is great."