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Bradford Libraries Join The 450,000 Free Book Giveaway To Celebrate National Bookstart Week
Celebrate National Bookstart Week in a Bradford Library
Bradford Libraries will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2018 with fun activities and story times to encourage families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime.

Bookstart in Bradford, which is overseen by Bradford Libraries, gives every child a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are 3-4 years old.

The theme of this year’s National Bookstart Week (4-10 June) is ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’. Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins. Children’s reading charity BookTrust, supported by Walker Children’s Books, has more than 450,000 copies to give away.

Bradford Libraries will be hosting a book giveaway in Broadway shopping centre on Monday 4th June along with favourite mascot Bookstart Bear.

Activities to celebrate the week, Monday 4 – Sunday 10 June, will all feature a retelling of the picture book A busy day for birds and related craft activities at Idle, Eccleshill, Ilkley and Laisterdyke Libraries.

Other libraries will offer activities such as making bird feeders at Keighley Library, owl headband crafts at Bingley Library, finger painted penguins at Menston and parrot decorating crafts at Wyke.

Heaton Hub and Menston Library will celebrate with two events during the week and Silsden Library will also make it a double celebration with story time and crafts at one event and festivities for their 1st anniversary on another. Burley Library will make bird house crafts and Shipley Library is proud to present peacock craft activities.

Activities

Broadway Shopping Centre, Mon 4 June, 10am-3pm, book giveaway and Bookstart Bear appearance

Eccleshill Library, Mon 4 June, 2pm-3pm, Stories, rhymes and crafts

Burley Library, Tues 5 June, 1.45pm, Rhymes, story and birdhouse craft

Bingley Library, Tues 5 June, 10.30am, Rhymetime and owl headband craft

Heaton Hub Library, Tues 5 June, 2pm-4pm, Storytime and decorating bird houses

Shipley Library, Tues 5 June, 2pm, Bird themed storytime and peacock craft

Manningham Library, Tues 5 June, 2pm-3pm, Storytime and bird crafts

Ilkley Library, Weds 6 June, 10.15am, Storytime and crafts

Silsden Library, Weds 6 June, 2pm-3.15pm, Busy birds storytime

Clayton Library, Thurs 7 June, Busy birds spring craft event

Heaton Hub Library, Thurs 7 June, 10am-12noon, Storytime and decorating bird houses

Holme Wood Library, Thurs 7 June, 11am-1pm, Arts & crafts, creative writing

Menston Library, Thurs 7 June, 3.30pm, Cuddly Duddly storytime and penguin finger paints

Wyke Library, Fri 8 June, 10am, Busy birds storytime and parrot decorating

Silsden Library, Sat 9 June, 10am-12noon, 1st year celebration inc. busy birds activities

Menston Library, Sat 9 June, 10.30am, Birdy rhymetime and crafts

City Library, Sat 9 June, 11am, Storytime and bird crafts

Laisterdyke Library, Sat 9 June, 1.30pm, Storytime and bird crafts

Idle Library, Mon 11 June, 2pm-3pm – Story, rhymes and crafts

Keighley Library, Wed 13 June, 11am-1pm, Storytime and bird feeder crafts


In Bradford alone, during 2017-18 Bookstart has gifted approximately 26,000 books via libraries, health visitors, children’s centres and early years settings. The picture books and board books gifted also include packs available for children who are visually or hearing impaired, have fine motor delay, or whose first language isn’t English.

The nation will also be celebrating with thousands of free fun events around the country for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families, at libraries, children centres, nurseries and bookshops. Events will include stories, rhymes and lots of playful outdoors activities to inspire families to read together.

Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of BookTrust said: “We are delighted so many children will receive a copy of A Busy Day for Birds to help celebrate National Bookstart Week. This year’s book is a fun, playful story that is perfect to share with all the family. 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. Those children who read for pleasure are more likely to be happier, healthier and do better in life than those who don't.”

Families should visit their nearest library or children’s centre to find out more about their local National Bookstart Week event.

If families are unable to make it along to their local event they can join in the fun at home, with plenty of bunny-themed arts and crafts and games, all on the Bookstart website. https://www.booktrust.org.uk/supporting-you/families/our-programmes/bookstart/.

Bradford Libraries Join The 450,000 Free Book Giveaway To Celebrate National Bookstart Week, 31st May 2018, 7:33 AM