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Local parents have caught the Bookbug

Bookbug Sessions have come up trumps in a recent national survey which included parents in the Scottish Borders.

These free of charge, Early Years sessions are currently held throughout many local libraries and offer fun activities for babies and toddlers and their parents and carers, including stories, songs and action rhymes. The Bookbug programme allows children to discover the joys of reading as well as developing play skills in a friendly relaxed environment. 

The great success of the scheme is due to the collaboration between Live Borders, Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Book Trust and NHS Borders. Local Health Visitors, who gift the free Bookbug book bags, have supported the programme since its introduction as it has been recognised as a great way to promote bonding between parents and their children. 

Gill Swales, Senior Librarian, Children and Young People’s Services and Bookbug Co-ordinator, Live Borders, commented: “Bookbug Sessions are very popular and we are delighted that they have been voted the top activity for the very youngest children in the Scottish Borders in the Play Talk Read survey.  As well as being fun, they help families to bond and develop the library habit, and they support the development of Early Literacy.  All are welcome to come along!”

Ewan Jackson, Chief Executive, Live Borders, commented: “It is great to hear such positive feedback about Bookbugs. Our team really enjoy delivering the sessions and the response from the little ones and adults is fantastic endorsement.”

Bookbug Sessions are on offer in many of the Live Borders Libraries and SBC Library Contact Centres, details can be found on your local libraries webpage.