CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE
SUSPENSION OF LIBRARY EVENTS PROGRAMME
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 LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk
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.
Bookbug Explorer bags
The Explorer bag is the third bag in the Bookbug gifting programme and is gifted to children aged between 3 years and 3 years 11 months at nursery or playgroup. The Explorer bags were delivered to all early years settings in Aberdeen City during the week beginning 09 March 2020. We know some settings gifted the bags to children straight away but others planned to wait until after Easter holidays or until Bookbug Week in Scotland ( 18-23 May 2020) so if your child has not yet received their Explorer bag please don't worry the bag will be waiting for him/her when nursery reopens.
If you have any queries about Bookbug bags please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01224 652558.
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 a special virtual online session for families to enjoy.
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.
To help even more babies, toddlers and parent/carers experience a Bookbug session, Aberdeen City Libraries will also deliver a Saturday morning Bookbug session once per month, beginning on Saturday 05 October. These sessions are particularly for those families who cannot make it to attend a Bookbug session Monday - Friday , so please do consider whether this is the most suitable session for you before making a booking. They will be held 10.15 - 10.45 am on the first Saturday of each month, at a different community library each time. You can find out where the next Saturday morning Bookbug session will be by visiting https://www.facebook.com/Aberdeen.City.Libraries or checking out the poster in your local library. Booking is essential if you would like to come along to a Saturday morning Bookbug session. Please ask in your local library, email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call 01224 652500 if you would like to book a space.
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
Bookbug library challenge
The challenge aims to encourage children aged 0 to 5 to discover and enjoy their local library and all libraries in Aberdeen City are looking forward to signing up new members. Taking part is easy and fun.
- Join your local library - your child can join from birth.
- Choose some stories to share.
- Ask for a Bookbug Library Challenge card and collect 2 stickers each time you visit.
- Make 3 visits to swap your fully stamped card for a beautifully illustrated certificate for your child to keep.
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