Kids were delighted with their free copies of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ from their local libraries on Saturday 13th September. Peterhead and Fraserburgh Libraries were 2 of 200 libraries across the UK that held a range of activities for children to take part in.
This event rounded off a nationwide week of literacy campaigning called ‘Just Read’, with libraries having partnered up with Penguin Random House and Good Morning Britain. The campaign promoted the importance of parents and carers taking the time to spend reading with their children and the benefits that can be gained from this. Jeff Kinney’s ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ has long-since been renowned as a firm favourite amongst children. It is also recognised as an important book series, due to the impact it has had on reluctant readers.
Peterhead and Fraserburgh each had copies of Kinney’s first book to give away, as well as samplers of his next book which is due out later this year. Kids were absolutely thrilled to receive their free books. One mother said: “They’ve been up since 8 o’clock. They were so excited!” whilst one of the kids said “I can’t wait to read my new book!”. Another mum felt that that “this is a great promotion to get kids reading!”.
Children had great fun colouring in and wearing their fun character masks.
They were also able to watch videos on the surface tables on the story behind the Wimpy Kid story and biographies of the author, which they really enjoyed. One child said that it was “exciting” to watch.