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OnFife Libraries team makes a splash with week of story-filled fun

13 May 2021

Young book fans are getting ready to soak up seven days of fantastic stories, songs and crafts.

OnFife Libraries’ popular Bookbug initiative is hosting a series of events for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers – all with a water-based theme.

Bookbug Week – which runs from 17-23 May – features competitions, activities, and giveaways galore. It’s jam packed with all kinds of watery tales – seaside books, fishy books, even drop-them-in-the-bath-books.

OnFife staff have arranged guest appearances for young book lovers to enjoy. Among them are interactive sessions with dance artists Hayley Earlam and Niamh O’Loughlin, and gripping tales with performance storyteller John Kirk. There’s even a chance to join in a live story with OnFife’s very own Julia Dyke.

All of the online events in Bookbug’s Big Splash are free to view through the OnFife Virtual LibrarYAY page.

Bookbug Week isn’t just online. There’s a welcome chance to pop into OnFife libraries and pick up a Bookbug Baby and Toddler bag to help nurture that early love of books.

The giveaways don’t stop there. Libraries staff have created something for the adults to share with their children. They’ve teamed up with Fife Council’s Gaelic Development Officer to create bilingual keepsake cards with cool QR codes that give access to all of the Gaelic pronunciations.

Bookbug’s Fife coordinator Sharron Brown says: “The Libraries team can’t wait to dive into this fun filled programme of events. Bookbug Week is the perfect way to enjoy new work by authors and illustrators.”

Among the new titles featured in Bookbug Week are Out to Sea by Helen Kellock, Jeremy Worried About the Wind by Pamela Butchart and Meet the Oceans! by Caryl Hart and Bethan Woollvin.

Other events include storytelling ideas with Amy Hall Gibson, Paul’s Splish Splash Bookbug Session and Bookbug Session Gone Wrong! with The Clown Doctors.

The Scottish Book Trust’s Bookbug initiative has been giving free books to Scotland’s babies and children for more than 10 years and it has welcomed thousands of families to its free Bookbug Sessions.

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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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