In response to the latest government advice on the coronavirus, Aberdeen City Council has today taken a number of steps to prevent further spread of the virus; protect employee and public health; and to ensure we can continue to deliver public services, especially to those who need us most.

Therefore we have suspended our programme of events at Aberdeen City Libraries until further notice including our Bookbug sessions.

We will be in contact with everyone who has made a booking for an event between April - June to advise of the cancellation.

The Council will continue to monitor and review the situation, taking account of evolving government guidance. Updates on the reintroduction of the events programme and rescheduling of existing events will be announced when known.

If you have any questions, please email


Bookbug is Scotland’s early years book sharing programme, delivered in partnership by national reading charity Scottish Book Trust, local authorities, libraries and health trusts. Bookbug encourages parents and carers to share books with their children from as early an age as possible to inspire a love of reading in every child. Aberdeen City Libraries works together with health and early years partners to deliver the Bookbug programme, which gifts four fantastic free bags of books to young children in Aberdeen:

  • Baby Bag - gifted by your health visitor before your baby is six months old.
  • Toddler Bag - gifted by your health visitor when your toddler is 13 - 15 months old.
  • Explorer Bag - gifted at nursery/playgroup when your child is three years old. If your child does not attend nursery or playgroup he or she can still receive an explorer bag.
  • Primary 1 Family Bag - gifted to all children in Primary 1 and contains the titles shortlisted in the Bookbug picture book prize, the winner of which is chosen by children. The bags are gifted in school after the October holidays (usually during Book Week Scotland which is in November) and provide a terrific opportunity to support your child's reading and have fun as a family. In addition to the Bookbug bags, tactile books are available for children with additional support needs.

Gaelic Bookbug bags are also available for families interested in speaking or learning Gaelic. Libraries, health staff and nurseries in Aberdeen work together to try to make sure that all families receive their bag. 

If you have any queries about Bookbug bags please email or phone 01224 652558.


Makaton Storytime

We had planned to have a special sensory storytime led by Gill White author of Leo and the Lightning Dragons  during Bookbug Week. Sadly that had to be postponed but Gill has signed the story in Makaton and shared  this with us - we hope you enjoy it - why not try some of the related activities on Gill's website


Bookbug Sessions

Please note that due to government advice, the library events programme has been temporarily suspended, including the Bookbug sessions. In response to this, the Bookbug team at Aberdeen City Libraries have put together  special virtual online session for families to enjoy.

Bookbug would love to hear what you think of Aberdeen City Libraries’ online Bookbug sessions! Our evaluation survey is running for the whole of September, so please do share your views - we'd like to hear from as many online Bookbug viewers as possible. You can access the survey here:  and it takes less than five minutes to complete. Your views will help us in planning future services, and we are looking forward to hearing from you.

Bookbug sessions are free, friendly and fun sessions of stories, songs and rhymes for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families and carers to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and they have been designed to support children’s development while having fun. They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one, meet other families and have fun together.

Bookbug sessions are fully inclusive and open to all families, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. We want to make sure that Bookbug sessions in our libraries reflect our diverse community and hope parents/carers will get involved. We’d be delighted if parents/carers would like to share songs and rhymes from other countries, cultures or languages at Bookbug sessions – please speak to the person leading the session or contact


What parents enjoy about Bookbug sessions

Quotes from parents in Aberdeen:

'We enjoy Bookbug sessions because they are short and relaxed and I've learnt some new rhymes’ 'Staff are always friendly and accommodating.’

‘We really enjoy bookbug sessions. The atmosphere is welcoming and my granddaughter looks forward to her monthly visits.’

‘Events like this are very important for the community.’

You need to book a place for sessions held at Central Children's Library, Airyhall, Bridge of Don and Ferryhill libraries. Please contact the appropriate library by email or telephone to book a place or for more information. Find your local library to make a booking. For all other libraries, sessions are drop-in – just turn up.


Bookbug aims to help every child in Scotland develop a love of books and reading, Sharing books, songs and rhymes together will:

  • Develop language skills
  • Allow time for cuddling and bonding
  • Help families to relax
  • Boost children’s confidence
  • Encourage drawing and writing
  • Provide a strong start in life

Aberdeen Reads Challenge

Our very own summer reading challenge  ends on Saturday 29 August 2020  and we hope you've had a terrific time exploring the world of  reading.Please don't forget to share what you've read and send your completed Challenge cards via email to  or share on social media. For more information  visit Aberdeen Reads

What else does Aberdeen City Libraries offer young children?

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