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Ross-shire library bookbug sessions play part in 'changing lives'

By Hector MacKenzie

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Events are being hosted by several libraries in Ross-shire this week.
Events are being hosted by several libraries in Ross-shire this week.

ROSS-SHIRE libraries will be amongst those hosting special events to mark a week celebrating the role books play in children's lives.

Scottish Book Trust, the national charity aiming to change lives through reading and writing, is inviting families to join Bookbug’s Big Picnic this week.

During Bookbug Week 2019, hundreds of free events will be held as part of the annual celebration of Scotland’s national book-gifting programme and Song and Rhyme Sessions.

Amongst them on Wednesday this week will be a Teddy Bears' Picnic Bookbug Session at Tain Library between 11am and 11.30am on Wednesday.

Invergordon Library will host an event on Thursday at 10.30am, as will Alness. Dingwall will have one at 11am. On Friday, Fortrose Community Library stages an event at 10.30am.

Five Fat Peas, a selection of song and rhymes about Bookbug’s favourites foods, will be gifted during Bookbug Week sessions.

The actions, words and tunes are available in Bookbug’s Song and Rhyme library, via Scottish Book Trust’s website, or on the new, free Bookbug app.

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, said: "If you’ve never attended a Bookbug Session before, Bookbug Week is the perfect time to try: everyone is welcome.”

Maree Todd, Minister for Children and Young People said: "Bookbug’s Big Picnic helps to encourage an early love of books among children whilst also providing great opportunities for parents, carers and their children to spend time together, learning through reading and singing.

“The Song and Rhyme sessions are a fantastic way for families to bond and the learning materials in the Bookbug bags have simple reading, writing and counting activities for parents to try at home with their children. Sharing just one song or rhyme a day can make a big difference to a child's development and give parent and child a chance to share a special moment together.”

Funded by the Scottish Government and Creative Scotland, Bookbug is Scottish Book Trust’s Early Years Programme.

The Bookbug programme encourages mums, dads and carers to sing and share stories with their children from birth. It gives every child in Scotland four free bags of books in their first five years, gifting 800,000 books every year.

Find out more about events being staged here.

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