Boogie on down to your library for National Bookstart Week

A range of fantastic free events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families will be held at libraries across North Yorkshire to celebrate the Book Trust’s National Bookstart Week from Monday, 4 June, to Saturday, 9 June.

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The theme of this year’s National Bookstart Week is Bookstart Bird Boogie. Children who attend any event will receive a free copy of the picture book, A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins. It's a playful story that is perfect for the family to share and to read aloud, full of actions to do and noises to make, and it’s guaranteed to get children aged up to five boogieing.

Events at libraries will have a bird-themed story and rhyme time with arts and crafts, including the chance for children to make their own owl headband.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Libraries, said: “Throughout the year, County Council libraries and community-managed libraries in North Yorkshire help to open up the exciting world of sharing stories, books and rhymes. Shared reading and encouraging reading for enjoyment from a young age can help children on their reading journeys and inspire a lifelong love of reading.”

Children up to the age of five can also take part in Bear’s Reading Adventure. This is a free, brightly coloured book to which children can add stickers every time they visit their library.

To find out what is happening in Bookstart Week, contact your library or email libraries@northyorks.gov.uk. For further information about Bookstart, visit www.bookstart.org.uk.

Bookstart events at libraries include:

  • Barlby, 6 June, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie story time drop-in session, 01757 705458, barlbylibraryvolunteers@yahoo.co.uk.
  • Bedale, 8 June, 2.15pm-2.45pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 534573, library@bedalecommunitylibrary.org.uk.
  • Bentham Community Library, 9 June, 10.30am-11.15am, Bird Boogie Bookstart Week storytime, teddy bears’ picnic in the Pioneer Projects garden, weather permitting, 01609 534533,  library@pioneerprojects.org.uk.
  • Bilton and Woodfield Community Library, 5 June, 10am-10.30am, story time, 01423 564630,  info@biltonandwoodfield.org.uk.
  • Boroughbridge Community Library & Resource Centre, 6 June, 10.15-10.45am story time, a display featuring the Bookstart Bear Club and other resources to support reading with under-5s for the whole week, 01609 536629, contact@boroughbridgelibrary.org.uk
  • Catterick, 7 June, 3.45pm-4.30pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time and activity session, 01609 534595, Catterick@craccl.org.
  • Colburn, 4 June, 2.15pm-2.45pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time and activity session, 01609 534592.
  • Easingwold, 9 June, 11.15am-11.45am, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 534584, ecl.generalenquiries@gmail.com.
  • Filey, 8 June, 1.30pm, Kathy Seabrook’s musical event, 01609 536608, filey.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Grassington, 6 June, 2pm, Bookstart Week special story time in the Octagon Room at the Town Hall, 01756 752222
  • Great Ayton Discovery Centre, 6 June, 2pm-2.30pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01642 723268, greataytondisco@outlook.com.
  • Harrogate, 4 June, 2pm-2.45pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie story time, songs and crafts for 0-4 years; 5 June, 10.30am-11.45am, bird-related stories, games, crafts, free but booking required; 5 June, 1.30pm-2.45pm, baby weigh-in with the health visitors, no appointment necessary, free Bookstart rhyme sheets; 8 June, 10am-10.45am, story time with songs and crafts, 01609 536658,  Harrogate.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Hawes, 8 June, 2pm-2.30pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 534597,  hawes.library@outlook.com.
  • Ingleton Community Library, 6 June, 2pm-2.45pm, Bird Boogie Bookstart Week storytime, stories and crafts, 01609 534504, communitylibraryingleton@outlook.com.
  • Kirkbymoorside, 6 June, 2.30pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie themed story time, 01609 534557, admin@kirkbylibrary.org.uk.
  • Knaresborough, 4 June, 10.15-10.45am, Bird Boogie pre-school session; 8 June, 2.15pm, Bookstart Rhymetime, 01609 533610, Knaresborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Leyburn, 4 June, 2.15pm-3pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 535971, contact@leyburntowncouncil.co.uk.
  • Malton, 6 June, 2.45pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie themed story time, 01609 534565, malton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Mashamshire Community Library, 6 June, 10am, Bird Boogie story time, 01756 680204, info@visitmasham.com
  • Nidderdale Plus Community Library, 6 June, 10.30am-11am, Bird Boogie story time, 01423 714953, admin@nidderdaleplus.org.
  • Northallerton, 8 June, 10am-10.30am, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 533832, Northallerton.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Norton, 7 June, 10am-11am, Bookstart Bird Boogie themed story time, 01609 534552, library@nortonhive.org.uk.
  • Pickering, 8 June, 10.30am, Bookstart Bird Boogie themed story time, 01609 533624, pickering.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Richmond, 5 June, 2.15pm-2.45pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time and activity session, 01609 534580, richmond@craccl.org.
  • Ripon, 6 June, 10.15am-11am, Bird Boogie story time for ages 2-5 years; 7 June, 2pm to 2.30pm, rhymes and stories for under-5s, 01609 536623, ripon.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Scarborough, 4 June, 1.30pm-2.30pm, 7 June, 10.30am-11.30am, and 8 June, 11am-11.30am, Bookstart Bird Boogie themed story time, 01609 536602, scarborough.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Selby, 6 June, 10.30am-11am, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 534521, selby.library@northyorks.gov.uk.
  • Settle Community Library, 4 June, 11am-11.45am, Build a Story session with Sheryl Stow, 01609 534535, settlelibrary@outlook.com.
  • Sherburn, 5 June, 10am-10.30am, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 536033, sherburncommunitylibrary@gmail.com.
  • Skipton, 6 June, meet at the library at 10.30am for a Bookstart Week fancy dress story walk in Skipton Castle Woods (hopefully with the Woodland Trust); 7 June, 2pm, rhyme time; 8 June, 2pm, Bird Boogie Storytime, 01609 534548, Skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk
  • South Craven Community Library, 8 June, 2.30pm-3pm, Bird Boogie Storytime, 01609 534502, enquiries@sccls.org.uk.
  • Stokesley, 8 June, 10.30am-11am, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 533461, library.theglobe@gmail.com.
  • Tadcaster, 7 June, 10am-10.30am, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 534525, tadcastercommunitylibrary@gmail.com.
  • Thirsk, 8 June, 2.15pm-2.45pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! Weekly story time, 01609 534589, library@thirskcommunitylibrary.org.
  • Whitby, 5 June, 2.15pm-3pm, Story Tots session, 01609 53 4350, whitby.library@northyorks.gov.uk.

Library staff will also visit the following settings with Bookstart week goodies:

  • Colburn Children’s Centre, 5 June, 1pm-2.30pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! promotion.
  • Dishforth Airfield Community Centre, 7 June, 1.30pm-3pm, play together with parent talk’ session.
  • Galtres Centre, Easingwold, with children’s centre), 5 June, 1pm-2pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! promotion.
  • Kirkbymoorside Children’s Centre, 5 June, 10.30am-11.30am, stay and play session.
  • Nidderdale Children’s Centre, 7 June, 9.30am-10.30am, health visitor drop-in session.
  • Nidderdale Children’s Centre, 11 June, 9.30am-11am, play together with parent talk.
  • Sunflowers Day Nursery, Nidderdale, 7 June, 11am-noon.
  • Norton Children’s Centre, 7 June, 9.30am-10.30am, stay and play session.
  • Richmond Scout Hut (with children’s centre), 6 June, 1pm-3pm, Bookstart Bird Boogie! promotion.
  • Ripon Community House, 6 June, 1.30-3pm, health visitor drop-in session.
  • South Craven Children’s Centre, 7 June, 9.30am-11.15am, baby health clinic.
  • South Craven Children’s Centre, 7 June, 2.30pm, rhyme time.

This story was published 29 May 2018