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Aberdeen libraries to host week-long celebration of books

15/05/14

Aberdeen City Libraries are inviting families across the city to take part in a series of free events as part of Bookbug Week, from Monday 19 May to Sunday 25 May.

Aberdeen's Bookbug Week is part of Scottish Book Trust's national Early Years Programme, which supports the gifting of 720,000 free books to every baby, toddler, three year old and Primary One in Scotland every year.

Thirteen thousand children in Aberdeen benefited from this programme last year, with even more set to receive free books in 2014 and 2015. During the months of May and June three year olds in Aberdeen will receive the Bookbug Pirate Pack from their nursery or playgroup.

This year's Bookbug Week is based around the theme of Bookbug's Big Sports Day. Babies, toddlers and their parents will gather at special events across Aberdeen to enjoy sports-themed activities, rhymes, stories and songs. Children who attend the events will also receive a special booklet of songs and rhymes featuring artwork provided by Cate James.

Bookbug Week events which will take place in Aberdeen include:

  • Central Children's Library, 10.30am -11am on Tuesday 20 May
  • Cults Library, 10.30am-11am on Tuesday 20 May
  • Cornhill Library, 10.30am-11am on Wednesday 21 May
  • Bridge of Don Library, 10.30am-11am on Thursday 22 May
  • Culter Library, 2.15pm-3pm on Thursday 22 May
  • Northfield Library, 10.30am-11am on Friday 23 May

The Bon Accord Centre will also host two Bookbug events from 10am to 11am and from 2pm to 2.30pm on Thursday 22 May.

Margaret Hill, Early Years librarian at Aberdeen City Libraries said: "We hope Bookbug Week will encourage families to discover the joy of sharing stories and rhymes as reading for pleasure is one of the most important indicators of a child's future success, regardless of social or economic background. By delivering the Bookbug Programme Aberdeen Libraries aims to encourage a lifelong love of books, reading and learning thereby improving the life chances of every child in Aberdeen. "

Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said: "We are very proud of our annual celebration of the Bookbug programme, run in partnership with Scottish Library Services. Thousands of parents gathering in libraries to read, rhyme and sing with their children – what could be better? The early years are vitally important for a child's development and simply enjoying a good book together on a regular basis can make a real difference to your child's future success."