Bookbug’s Friends!

Hill of Banchory Family Centre was the venue for one of the many Bookbug Week events being held across Aberdeenshire last week. Pre school groups from Banchory and Torphins attended the morning event which was packed with fun activities for the children to try.


With a theme of Bookbug’s Friends, over 65 children took part in a Bookbug Session; made friendship bracelets, used musical instruments to help Diana Peers from Once Upon a Tune, to tell a story; made stick -pals from natural materials and made a friendly faced snack, too!

These activities were timetabled to ensure all the children had the opportunity to take part in each one. The children and their group leaders moved from one activity to the next, showing great enthusiasm in designing and creating their own “friends” and friendship bracelets!

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This was one of over 20 Bookbug’s Friends events taking place in libraries and community venues in Aberdeenshire.

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Sing, Soothe, Sleep…..Zzzzzz

December is such a busy and exciting month for families, with all the preparations for Christmas. A hectic round of shopping for food and presents, parties and nativity plays, cooking and of course, eating!

Young children catch the excitement -and stress!- of the adults around them and this can upset normal sleep patterns. What can you do about that? Start the New Year by taking part in “Sing, Soothe, Sleep” sessions! See how lullabies can help calm and de-stress you and your children and turn bedtimes from manic to mellow.


Libraries in Boddam,  Cruden Bay, Inverbervie and Fettercairn will host Sing, Soothe, Sleep sessions from January to March 2018. All sessions are free and suitable for babies, toddlers and their parents/carers. Relax and enjoy singing the songs and a chat with other families over a cup of tea/coffee.

Sing, Soothe, Sleep sessions take place as follows:

Boddam Library   9.30am-11.00am     Tuesday     9th, 23rd Jan; 6th, 20th Feb   & March

Cruden Bay Library   11.30am-1.00pm     Tuesday 9th, 23rd Jan; 6th, 20th Feb and March

Inverbervie Library   9.45am-11.15am     Tuesday 16th,30th Jan; 13th, 27th Feb and March

Fettercairn Library    12noon-1.30pm     Tuesday 16th, 30th Jan; 13th, 27th Feb and March


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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.




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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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