West Lothian Courier - - District News -

West Loth­ian Coun­cil is celebrating Bookbug Week from May 14 to 20 with a host of free, spe­cial events for fam­i­lies with ba­bies and young chil­dren.

This year’s theme is Bookbug’s friends and there will be lots of fun story, song and rhyme ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place in lo­cal li­braries and com­mu­nity venues.

Bookbug Week is a cel­e­bra­tion of the 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 fun, free and friendly events for ba­bies, tod­dlers and their fam­i­lies to en­joy to­gether. The ses­sions last around 30 min­utes and in­clude songs, sto­ries and rhymes.

A spokesper­son for West Loth­ian Coun­cil’s Li­braries said:“The Bookbug Ses­sions have lots of ben­e­fits for chil­dren, such as build­ing up their con­fi­dence and so­cial skills and giv­ing their speech and lan­guage de­vel­op­ment a real boost, plus they are a great op­por­tu­nity to spend some qual­ity time with your lit­tle one.”

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