TechFest at Bookbug Sessions

If you are going to a Bookbug Session in September, you are sure of a roaring good time, as libraries gear up for their annual partnership with TechFest. The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) team have come up with the idea of linking stories,  to science or counting activities suitable for young children,  to help build babies brains!

Bookbug Sessions are story, song and rhyme sessions for families with children aged from birth to 4. These free and fun sessions take place in many libraries and have been steadily growing in popularity in recent years.


Tech Fest has produced some activity sheets for families attending Bookbug Sessions in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. The activities link to “Ten Terrible Dinosaurs” By Paul Stickland, a lovely bright and colourful picture book. Its rhyming text makes it an ideal book for sharing with your children, with plenty of scope for counting up to 10, as well.

The story will be read at September Bookbug Sessions across Aberdeenshire, and a copy of the book will also be raffled at each session  so a family will take home a copy to keep!

What are you waiting for? Take your children along to a session near you!

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Autism Friendly Libraries

We autism resources are purchasing sensory resources that will enable us to create pop-up sensory spaces in our libraries in order to provide a fully inclusive service to all our users   The purpose of this is to provide families with children on the autistic spectrum access to an autism friendly environment where they can come together and enjoy the library.  Resources include a blackout pop-up tent, rotating lights, space projector, vibrating cushions and numerous handheld sensory items.  Dates on when the pop-up sessions will be coming to a library near you will be advertised soon.

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Alford Library Summer Programme

Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology Collage


Alford Library is now onto week 2 of their summer programme.  The children have had a great time taking part in lots of activities including those provided by the library.

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For the library craft activities the focus was on the Year of History, Heritage and Culture where the children were each given a pre-Kilt crafts for HeriKilt crafts for Heritage, History and Archaeology Collageprepared craft pack and instructions from library staff on how to design their own kilts.




The end result was amazing, the children made fantastic designs.




Kilt crafts for HeriHeritage, History and Archaeology Collage


The second week with the focus still on YHHA the children made a second colourful display concentrating on our agriculture, wildlife and heritage.  Our Gaelic tutor provided Gaelic translations of some of the labels on the display.  The other library activities included story time, films and code club with between 26 – 30 children attending the activities each day.


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Bookbug’s Big Giggle!


Families across IMG_0009Aberdeenshire enjoyed lots of tickly songs and rhymes in Bookbug Week, with 20 events taking place in libraries and community venues.

Garioch Community Education Centre in Inverurie welcomed 110 pre- school age children and their teachers and parents to Bookbug’s Big Giggle! Activities included Laughter Yoga; Make your own snack; Craft and Funny Photos; Seeds and sticks and a Bookbug Session!

It’s good to giggle! Go on – have a laugh!





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Have you got your Bookbug Library Challenge certificate yet?

Bookbug’s Library Challenge will come to an end this Saturday 29th April. Children under the age of 5 have been busy collecting Bookbug stamps for their Collectors Card. When the card is full they can choose from a range of certificates, all featuring pictures from well known picture books.

There are only a few days left, so pop along to your local library and make sure your child completes Bookbug’s Library Challenge!


Did you notice that this year Scottish Book Trust has produced new smaller certificates, a Bookbug stamp, and a coloured collectors card, for Bookbug’s Library Challenge? What did you and your child think of these?  Share your views here!

We’d love to hear your comments!

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Books for babies and toddlers

These pop up books are ideal for sharing with toddlers and the lift the flaps are great for helping with their concentration and hand eye coordination. The bright colours and also the moving flaps and pop ups draw the eye for babies, too.


Board books are great for small hands and can be wiped if they get a bit sticky – just like hands!They are never too young to look at books!



Bookbug certainly loved these! And it earned him another stamp on his Bookbug’s Library Challenge card. Well done, Bookbug! How are your children getting on with theirs? Have you got your first certificate yet? There is still plenty of time before the Challenge finishes at the end of April!


Bookbug at Banchory Library

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Recent iPad and Tablet Classes in Westhill Library

Attendees at the Westhill ipad sessionTwo very successful iPad/tablet classes were held in Westhill Library run by Aberdeenshire Council’s Leisure Learning, partnering with Libraries and iConnect North East.   These six week classes in January & February were open to all the community and taken up by a broad age range of participants from 50 years young to 97 years old!!! – YES, 97 years old and hungry for continual learning, she kept the tutors on their toes! Fully funded through a grant from ‘The Garioch Partnership’, each class was limited to five participants to provide quality time to help familiarise themselves with their digital device to browse the internet, contact their families and friends through email/social media, take photos and be able to access the free downloads from Aberdeenshire Libraries – e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, music and more.  The participants thoroughly enjoyed the course saying ‘having a small Attendees at the Westhill ipas sessiongroup helped us ask questions and gave us confidence to try things that we wouldn’t have.  I am now so much more confident in using my iPad/tablet – thank you so much’

The course was also assisted by two volunteers, Stephen Malcolm, a satellite communications engineer, and Agnieszka Walicka, originally from Poland, living locally and doing a Masters at RGU in Information and Library Studies.

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