Young bookworms will be flocking to Wolverhampton's libraries during National Bookstart Week (5-10 June) – with a host of activities for pre-school children featuring Bookstart Bear over the next few days.
On Tuesday (6 June), Central Library will be welcoming the cuddly mascot for a Baby Booktime from 10.15am-11.15am, while Pendeford Library and Warstones Library host special storytime sessions from 10.30am-11am and 2.30pm-3pm respectively.
On Wednesday (7 June), there is a storytime at Bilston Library from 11am-noon and Baby Booktime at Wednesfield Library from 2.15pm-3pm, and on Thursday (8 June) Tettenhall Library hosts a storytime from 10.15am-10.45am, which will take place at Tettenhall Pool weather permitting. Also in Thursday, East Park Library will be holding a Baby Booktime from 2.15pm-3pm.
On Friday (9 June), there will be two Baby Booktimes, the first at Springvale Library from 10.15am-11am and a second at Whitmore Reans Library from 2.15pm-3pm.
The week-long programme concludes on Saturday (10 June) with a storytime and craft session at Central Library from 12.15pm and a magical story and craft session at Penn Library from 2.15pm-3pm.
Before all that, there will be Bookstart displays in the maternity unit at New Cross Hospital on Monday morning (5 June) and at the Gem Centre on Monday afternoon.
Annie Owen, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Principal Libraries Manager, said: "Getting into the habit of sharing stories, books and rhymes every day – even if only for 10 minutes – can transform a child's life, as they explore their world and make bonds, while building skills and a life-long love of reading.
“We're looking forward to welcoming families to join in National Bookstart Week’s 25th anniversary celebrations at our libraries."
To find out more, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/libraries. For information about National Bookstart Week, please log on to www.bookstart.org.uk.