Bookbug was the star of the show on a visit to Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Gallery
South Ayrshire Council's Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Gallery had a very special visitor during Bookbug Week 2015 – Bookbug went along to meet over 800 children and adults and shared the joy of reading with them.
Bookbug Week was a celebration of Scottish Book Trust's Early Years Bookbug programme, which encourages and supports mums, dads and carers to share books, talk, sing and cuddle with their children from birth, and helps every child in Scotland to develop a love of reading. Bookbug sessions are held regularly all year round in libraries in South Ayrshire.
Visitors to the Bookbug event were able to explore the park and gardens, look round the exhibitions in Rozelle House and the Maclaurin Gallery, play games, as well as snuggling down with brilliant books in 'Snuggle Village', riding the hobby horses and rockers at 'Rickety Rickety', drawing, making crafts, decorating biscuits, feeding the birds and so much more. There was also a Bookbug Big Bedtime Trail where children tried to find five books hidden around the park and Bookbug taster sessions.
Councillor Bill Grant, Economic Development Tourism and Leisure Portfolio Holder for the Council said: "Introducing children to the joy of books from the earliest possible age is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do for a child to make a real difference to their future.
"Children are never too young to listen to stories, it helps to develop their language skills from a very early age and this will encourage them to learn the joys of reading. The time you spend reading with your child is very special and it is something that they will remember and appreciate when they are grown up."
Bookbug Sessions at Council libraries are free, fun and friendly events for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. The sessions take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one. They also have lots of benefits for your child, such as building up their confidence and social skills, and will give their speech and language development a real boost.
More information about Bookbug sessions can be found at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries/childrens-library.aspx