Bookbug week kicks-off with events across Aberdeenshire

Councillor Charles Buchan at a Bookbug event in Fraserburgh.
Councillor Charles Buchan at a Bookbug event in Fraserburgh.

The ever-popular annual Bookbug Week celebrations kicked-off across the North-east on Saturday, May 17.

Thousands of families across the region will have the chance to celebrate the national book gifting programme by taking part in events throughout the week.

This year’s theme is Bookbug’s Big Sports Day.

Bookbug in Aberdeenshire is part of Scottish Book Trust’s national Early Years Programme, which supports the gifting of 720,000 free books to every baby, toddler, three-year-old and primary one pupil in Scotland every year.

A total of 10,830 children in Aberdeenshire benefitted from the programme last year, with even more due to receive free books in 2014 and 2015.

Aberdeenshire Council Early Years Librarian Susan McKay said: “I am delighted that families across Aberdeenshire continue to access free Bookbug packs and come along to story, song and rhyme sessions offered in libraries on a regular basis.

“This year a variety of events to celebrate Bookbug’s Big Sports Day will be held in our area focusing on the sport and health theme. Participation in these sessions is fun and free, encouraging families to continue sharing books, songs and rhymes with their children, and promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

The Bookbug sports day in Fraserburgh takes place on May 23 at 10am at the Fraserburgh Community and Sports Centre. For bookings and further information, please call 01651 871229.