Reading initiative looks to support youngsters

Reading from an early age can be pivotal to a child’s academic development and Aberdeenshire Libraries are supporting this through a series of initiatives to engage youngsters with
books.

Recently, a reading bus loaned from Aberdeen City Council took a tour of Northern Aberdeenshire to promote the services available as part of membership of the libraries service.

The bus visited Aberchirder Primary School, where Aberdeenshire’s Reader in Residence Deborah Leslie talked to parents about the importance of reading with youngsters.

All classes spent 30 minutes on the bus with storyteller Sheena Blackhall, who used stories, music and a puppet show to talk to the youngsters about the fun that can be found in
libraries.

Library staff also informed parents on the many services available that come as part of being a member of Aberdeenshire Libraries, including the Library App and Digital Catalogue.

Aberdeenshire Libraries services continues to expand, offering parents and youngsters opportunities to browse and borrow in-branch and online.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Chair of Education, Leisure and Learning, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “Promoting our library service and the many resources available to members is very important, and I hope the children have been inspired by the visit of the reading bus and our reader in residence.

“Reading is very important to personal development, and I think it is important that parents and teachers encourage youngsters to read, not just for education, but also for pleasure.

“We are very proud of the range of materials available to library members, and I hope the people who stepped onto the reading bus will be encouraged to make more use of the facilities that our libraries service
offers.”

As well as the reading bus tour, the Bookbug Reading Challenge continues until the summer and aims to encourage parents to read alongside their children.

Children under five can collect stamps for materials borrowed, while library sessions allow parents to meet and share in the love of reading with their toddlers.

There are also a number of storytelling events, rhyming sessions and sing-a-longs taking place in libraries across Aberdeenshire, with details available through the Aberdeenshire Council website.

Vice-chair of Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Ron McKail, added: “This is a great example of the benefits that can be found within the Aberdeenshire Council libraries service.

“Providing opportunities which encourage younger children to read will result in long term benefits including developing language and thinking skills as well as academic knowledge.

“Reading books provides enjoyment and pleasure and is at the heart of a child’s education. I’d encourage parents and children to take advantage of these free sessions provided by their local library service.”

March is also Teenage Reading Month, which supports young readers with author visits and competitions. For more information on Teenage Reading Month, please visit
www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/libraries.

There, you will also find a full list of Bookbug events.

There is a fortnightly storytime session for pre-school children at Fraserburgh Library on Saturdays from 10:30am to 11:30am.

Fraserburgh Library also support nursery and playgroup visits and craft sessions, which are arranged with staff and quarterly, respectively.

Fraserburgh Library is located on King Edward Street, and can be contacted by calling 01346 518197 or emailing fraserburgh.library@aberdeenshire.gov.uk.