Swindon will be celebrating Bookstart at the following events:
Butterflies Children’s Centre, Oakhurst Community Rooms, Oakhurst Primary School
Wednesday 29 June from 9.15am – 10.45am
Drove Children’s Centre, Drove Road
Friday 8 July from 12.30pm – 2.00pm
The theme for this year’s National Bookstart Day activities is “All aboard!”. Themed rhymetimes and craft sessions will take place with Bookstart cake, the whole presided over by Bookstart Bear.
June 2011 will see more than 4,000 transport-themed events, storytelling, singing and rhyming sessions taking place across the UK. Bookstart aims to help every child to develop a lifelong love of books, and this year the programme will offer millions of children and parents the chance to discover the joy of reading together. A free specially commissioned All Aboard! booklet illustrated by Jess Stockham will be handed out at events.
The events in Swindon include two events held at Butterflies Children’s Centre at Oakhurst Community Rooms, and at the Drove Children’s Centre. Free Bookstart Plus packs will be available for every child aged 18 – 30 months. These packs contain not only free books for toddlers, but also valuable information for parents about how and what to read to toddlers.
There will also be information about:
· How to obtain your free Bookstart Baby pack
· How to take part in Bookcrawl the free library game for all under fives
· Childcare and nursery education
· Family learning
· Speech and Language help
These events are organized by the Swindon Bookstart Team – a partnership of Librarians, Health Visitors, Nursery Nurses, Swindon Surestart Partnership, Family Learning & the Speech and Language Team.
For more information about Bookstart see www.bookstart.org.uk where you can also find downloadable resources for National Bookstart Day celebrations including posters, Rhymetime sheets, colouring sheets, and ideas for activities.
For further information contact Robin Griffiths (Email: email@example.com)
Librarian / Bookstart Co-ordinator
Swindon Borough Council
North Swindon Library
Orbital Shopping Park
Swindon SN25 4AN