Hop along to your library to celebrate National Bookstart Week

This story was published 26 May 2017

A range of fantastic free events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families will be held at libraries across North Yorkshire.

Celebrate the Book Trust's National Bookstart Week in North Yorkshire.

This is to celebrate the Book Trust's National Bookstart Week from Monday, 5 June, to Saturday, 10 June.

This year's theme is "let's explore outdoors", which aims to encourage the idea that families can have fun reading together anywhere and anytime.

Events at libraries across the county will include outdoor themed story and rhyme times and crafts, including a "make your own bunny ears headband" activity.

Children who attend any of the events will receive, while stocks last, a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall.

Throughout the year, North Yorkshire County Council libraries and community-managed libraries in North Yorkshire help to open up the exciting world of sharing stories, books and rhymes. 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.

"Just ten minutes a day with a book can help children discover a love of reading that can transform their lives, opening their imaginations and helping to prepare them for starting their education," said Julie Blaisdale, Assistant Director, Library and Community Services.

To find out what is happening near you in Bookstart Week, contact your library or email libraries@northyorks.gov.uk.

For further information about Bookstart, visit www.bookstart.org.uk.