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OnFife celebrates Book Week Scotland

9 November 2021

OnFife Libraries are celebrating the lifelong love of reading as part of Book Week Scotland (15-21 November).

Thought-provoking activities for both children and adults are being held in line with Book Week Scotland’s 2021 theme of celebration, championing the joy of reading and bringing writers into libraries to celebrate with our communities.

Writer and performer Beth Hamilton-Cardus will be running a free storytelling event for families with OnFife Libraries, funded by the Scottish International Storytelling Festival. Beth will work with children and families to create their own bespoke stories in both a virtual and physical setting. She will work with one family at a time for a 30-minute child-led workshop, with around six sessions over the course of the day at the in-person event at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries on Saturday 20 November, in addition to creating video content for families and schools. Sessions are free but need to be booked in advance.

Other author events for young people include activities with Slam Poet Champion MiKo Berry, who will be hosting a free video mini-series on writing and performing poetry; and school events with Jonathan Meres and his new picture book Scaredy Bat, and authors Ian Mark (Monster Hunting for Beginners) and Carlie Sorosiak (Roar Like a Lion). These events will largely be delivered online.

However, children in Aberdour, Anstruther, Auchtermuchty, Elie and Kincardine are also being invited to join our Book Week Scotland Mini Reading Challenge. These libraries were chosen after they unfortunately had to miss out on our Summer Reading Challenge due to Covid restrictions.

Young readers must borrow and read four books in four weeks (by 12 December) to complete the reading challenge. They will then receive a prize and certificate upon completion. Accredited by Children’s University Scotland, which promotes the development of practical and personal skills, building confidence and discovering new interests and talents beyond the classroom.

Adults are also invited to take part in events dedicated to celebration. Funded by the Scottish Book Trust, activities will be held across Fife focusing on the role food and drink play in celebration. We are inviting customers to bring in recipes, memories and photographs of food they would use to mark a special occasion. This will culminate in an event with author Helen Welsh, author of the book A Life in Mouthfuls.

Yvonne Melville, Service Development Team Leader, Libraries (Adult) at OnFife, said: “Book Week Scotland’s theme of celebration is very fitting as we look to the future post-pandemic. Our activities are a blend of online and in-person so that we can share the good times with everyone, too. We look forward to welcoming children and adults alike to this exciting series of events.”

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For further information contact Sheona Small, press officer, 07809 727 989 or email sheona.small@onfife.com

Notes to editors: OnFife is a registered charity and manages and operates theatres, libraries, museums and galleries and cultural partnerships on behalf of Fife Council for people living, working and visiting Fife. Further information can be found at www.onfife.com

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