Scottish libraries preparing for Bookbug week

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Bookbug, Scotland’s national book gifting programme, has announced details of its annual Bookbug Week celebrations.

Now in its fourth year, Bookbug Week, which runs between May 18 and May 24, will see thousands of young children and families take part in free events across Scotland.

The theme for this year is Bookbug’s Big Bedtime Story. Babies, toddlers, mums, dads and carers will gather at over 400 special events to enjoy bedtime-themed activities, rhymes, stories and songs. Families can find details of events by visiting www.scottishbooktrust.com/bookbugweek or asking at their local library. The Bookbug programme provides every child in Scotland with four free bags of books, gifting 720,000 books every year. Over 240,000 children in Scotland benefitted last year, with even more set to receive free books in 2015. A host of fantastic Bookbug prizes will be up for grabs via Bookbug’s Facebook page and Twitter throughout the week.

Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said: “Bookbug Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the many benefits that come from sharing books, stories and pictures with your child. The early years are vitally important for a child’s development, and enjoying a good book together on a regular basis is one of the simplest and most effective things one can do can make a real difference to their future.

“That’s why, for Bookbug week, we are inviting every family with young children to take part in the hundreds of free and fun-filled events that are being offered across Scotland to celebrate the joy that comes from sharing and enjoying books together.”