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lib_bookbug Welcome to Bookbug!  Bookbug Week 2


Bookbug is Scotland's Early Years Book Gifting Programme, managed nationally by Scottish Book Trust and aims to encourage parents and children to share and enjoy books together.

Aberdeen City Libraries works together with health and early years partners to deliver the Bookbug Programme which gifts free book packs to children from birth to Primary One. 

Baby Pack: gifted by your health visitor when your baby is 8 weeks old.

Toddler Pack: gifted by your health visitor when your toddler is 1 year old.

Pirate Pack: gifted at nursery/playgroup when your child is aged 3 years. If your child does not attend nursery or playgroup he/she can still receive a Pirate pack - please contact 

Primary One Pack: gifted at school when your child is in primary one.

Bookbug also aims to foster a love of books through a range of fun activities, including free Bookbug Sessions and Bookbug's Library Challenge. For more information on the National Bookbug programme go to the Scottish Book Trust website.

All the Bookbug Packs are also available in Gaelic. if you require any of the Gaelic packs please contact the Early Years Gifting Coordinator.

For information on Bookbug in Aberdeen contact the  Early Years Gifting Co-ordinator at

Pirate Packs - September delivery

Almost 2000 Pirate Packs have now been delivered to playgroups and nurseries in Aberdeen City. These have been gifted to children aged three in the ante pre-school year. If you work in an Early Years setting which has not received a delivery please contact, If you have a child aged between 3 years and 3 years 11 months who does not attend nursery or playgroup please also contact to arrange to receive a Pirate Pack.


Bookbug Sessions Bookbug Session


Bookbug Sessions are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, and their families to enjoy together.

Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. There is usually no need to book, they take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.

Click here to find out more about Bookbug Sessions in your area

We look forward to seeing you !


Airyhall Library
The way forward for the Bookbug sessions 


A change was proposed to the Bookbug sessions at Airyhall to enable staff training to support the continuity of these sessions. After public consultation it has been agreed to change the session schedule. Please see the details below.

The date and time will remain the same - Tuesdays at 10.30am

The new schedule is:
28 October, 25 November, 23 December 2014 and every 4 weeks thereafter

Thank you for your co-operation and we look forward to seeing you there.

    Central Children's Library

    It is necessary to book in advance to attend Bookbug Sessions at Central Children's Library. Please contact the Children's Library or telephone 01224 652546 to book a place and for more information.


    Bookbug's Library Challenge

    Aberdeen City Libraries  runs Bookbug's Library Challenge  which is a free programme to encourage  young children from birth to discover and enjoy their local library. It is run in all libraries across  Aberdeen City and it's a fun and exciting way to give your child a love of reading for life.

    It's never too early or too late to join your local library... and it's completely free! So join today and get your child collecting the Bookbug's Library Challenge certificates.


    The certificate of the month during October features Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas


    Winnie the witch

    Make friends with Winnie the witch and her black cat Wilbur and follow their adventures in these fun stories by Valerie Thomas with illustrations by Korky Paul. Winnie loves wearing orange and yellow stripy tights and waving her magic wand. Wilbur is a cat who likes nothing more than eating cheesecake and curling up for a nap but he often has to help Winnie when her spells don't turn out quite as expected !



    To join  Bookbug's Library Challenge follow these 4 easy steps :

    • Join your local library and pick up your child's collector card - your child can join the library from birth !
    • Collect a stamp each time your child borrows a book
    • Swap your fully stamped card for a beautifully illustrated certificate for your child to keep
    • Get a new collectors card and start collecting stamps for a new certificate

     Remember there's lots of certificated to collect 

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