Northumberland Libraries will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2016 which runs from 6-12 June with lots of great events. See below for a full list of all our events. The theme of this year’s National Bookstart Week is ‘Under the Sea’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea by Jessica Law and illustrated by Jill McDonald. The reading charity BookTrust, supported by Barefoot Books, has more than 450,000 copies to give away.
National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which gives every child in England and Wales a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are 3-4 years old. The ethos of the charity is to remind families of the importance of reading for fun – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.
“Making time to read with your children is so important because shared reading leads to a love of reading. And we know that reading for pleasure has a dramatic impact on life outcomes – and this is as much about confidence and well-being as it is about educational achievements.
“Children who are read to every night start school a year ahead of those who are not and the gap only widens as they get older. Quite simply, children who read for pleasure are happier, healthier and do better in life than those who don't.”
Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of BookTrust
If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of undersea-themed arts and crafts and games, all on the Bookstart website.
Under the Sea Events
Come and join us for special 'Under the Sea' Story and Rhymetimes to celebrate National Bookstart Week at the following libraries listed below. You don't need to book just turn up! All events listed are suitable for children under 5 and their carers.
Tuesday 31 May:
Lynemouth Library at 2pm - 3pm
Tuesday 7 June
Ashington Library at 11am - 11.30am
Cramlington Library at 10am - 11am
Seaton Valley Library at 9.15am - 9.45am
Wednesday 8 June
Hexham Library at 10am - 10.45am
Thursday 9 June
Alnwick Library at 10am - 11am (In partnership with Alnwick Playhouse)
Friday 10 June
Berwick Library (The Swan Centre) at 11am - 1.30am
Blyth Library at 9.30am - 10am
Bedlington Library at 2.15pm - 2.45pm
Monday 13 June
Newbiggin Library at 10am - 11am
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