FROM NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE COUNCIL
Celebrate National Bookstart Week (5 to 11 June) and 25 years of Bookstart this June with North Lincolnshire Libraries. A variety of events will take place across the week for young children and their families to take part in.
The theme for this year is ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’. The chosen book is Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall. At each event there will be stories, rhymes, songs and things to make, plus every child will take home a mini book and rhyme sheet.
Celebration events will take place on the following days:
• Tuesday 6 June, 10am to 10.45am, Brigg Library
• Wednesday 7 June, 10am to 11am, Normanby Hall Country Park
• Thursday 8 June, 10am to 11am, North Lincolnshire Central Library in Scunthorpe
• Thursday 8 June, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Winterton Library, Local Link and Fitness Centre
All babies, pre-schoolers and their toy rabbits are welcome! There is no need to book, just come along on the day.
A spokesperson at North Lincolnshire Council said: “Bookstart is an excellent scheme that provides free books and resources to every baby and pre-schooler in North Lincolnshire in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council. It has stood the test of time. It is only right that we celebrate this fantastic milestone and National Bookstart Week.
“Our library staff are passionate about sharing books and reading with our residents, young and old. If you have young children, come along to one of the events on National Bookstart Week to join in with the celebrations.
“If you would like more information about Bookstart or the free book packs for children, please contact your local library.”
Did you know our libraries provide much more than books? Social and activity clubs, E-books, computer access, family and local history, and the Home Library Service are just a few examples.
Visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/libraries for details.
National Bookstart Week is BookTrust's annual event celebrating the joys and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes with children from an early age. Reading together every day (even for just 10 minutes) can be lots of fun and can significantly help with a child's development.
Each year, Bookstart chooses a theme that gets families involved in fun, themed events across the country at libraries, children’s centres, bookshops and other settings, where they can share fantastic free books and activities with their babies and young children.
This year's National Bookstart Week is extra special as BookTrust is celebrating 25 years of its flagship programme, Bookstart. Today, Bookstart provides free books and resources for every baby and pre-schooler in England and Wales through its partnerships with local authorities, along with free packs for children with additional needs and languages.
To date, Bookstart has given away more than 34 million free books, helping young children and their families develop a love of shared reading. That's definitely worth celebrating!