Young bookworms will be flocking to Wolverhampton's libraries during National Bookstart Week (4-9 June, 2018).
The annual event aims to raise awareness of the importance of reading and sharing books with young children, and there are a host of activities for pre-school children throughout the week.
There will be special Baby Book Time sessions with the Bookstart Bear and the Bookstart Bird Boogie at the following times:
Ashmore Park Community Hub, Monday 4 June, 11am-noon
Wednesfield Community Hub, Monday 4 June, 2.30pm-3pm
Central Children's Library, Tuesday 5 June, 10.15am-11.15am
Pendeford Library, Tuesday 5 June, 10.30am-11am
Warstones Library, Tuesday 5 June, 2.30pm-3pm
Bilston Library, Wednesday 6 June, 11am-noon
Finchfield Library, Wednesday 6 June, 10.30am-11am
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wednesday 6 June, 2.15pm-3pm
Tettenhall Library, Thursday 7 June, 10.30am -11am
East Park Library, Thursday 7 June, 2.30pm-3pm
Springvale Library, Friday 8 June, 10.15am-11am
Whitmore Reans Library, Friday 8 June, 2.15pm-2.45pm
Central Children's Library, Saturday 9 June, 12.15pm-1pm.
Each event is free, and there will also be a Book Start display within the maternity unit at New Cross Hospital from Monday.
Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Economy, 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 the National Bookstart Week celebrations at our libraries."
To find out more about Wolverhampton’s libraries, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/libraries.
The theme for this year is Bookstart Bird Boogie and the chosen book is A Busy Day for Birds by Lucy Cousins, a wonderfully colourful rhyming book about being a bird for a day. A small number of free copies will be available at each National Bookstart Week event. For information about National Bookstart Week, please log on to www.bookstart.org.uk.