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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Bookbug at Westhill

Bookbug continues his journey around Aberdeenshire to join in Bookbug Sessions. This week he visited Westhill Library where families welcomed him and he managed to do actions to Incey Wincey Spider and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star! These are 2 of his favourite nursery rhymes and he loved the beautiful singing from adults and children alike in the group. Well sung everyone!


Bookbug also managed to gain another stamp on his Bookbug’s Library Challenge card, and borrowed 2 books. This week he loved “Molly at the Dentist” by Angie Sage and Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”!


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Bookbug’s favourite stories

This week Bookbug visited New Pitsligo Library to join the 2s Group for a Bookbug Session. Bookbug loved the rhymes and songs and tried his best to join in the actions! The children were very good at joining in, and they all enjoyed the story Audrey read to them, which was called “Shark in the Park on a Windy Day” by Nick Sharratt!dscn0015a

Bookbug also borrowed a couple of books while he was at the library. He is taking part in Bookbug’s Library Challenge. He remembered his library card and got his first stamp on his Bookbug’s Library Challenge collectors card! He was so excited! dscn0042b

These are the books Bookbug borrowed –  “Shark in the Park on a Windy Day” by Nick Sharratt, and “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”, full of counting nursery rhymes.

Bookbug is looking forward to his next visit to a library. He is heading for the Stonehaven area next!


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Bookbug’s Library Challenge


Libraries across Aberdeenshire are inviting our youngest borrowers to take part in Bookbug’s Library Challenge.  From Saturday 7th January until Saturday 29th April, children under the age of 5 can have their own collector’s card and receive Bookbug stamps for visiting the library to borrow books or take part in Bookbug Sessions.


IMG_0297When the card is full they can choose from a range of new certificates featuring illustrations from popular children’s books. Pop into any Aberdeenshire Library and sign up today!

Bookbug will also be touring Aberdeenshire over the next few weeks, visiting libraries and taking part in Bookbug Sessions. Bookbug will be borrowing books to try and complete his own collectors card! Look out for him at a library near you!

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Summer Reading Challenge Prize-Giving 2016

Reading, Doric and Aberdeenshire were all celebrated this weekend as the prizes for a hugely popular annual reading challenge were announced.

Local author and Doric extraordinaire Debbie Leslie led the prize-giving for the Summer Reading Challenge, run by Aberdeenshire Council’s Library Service and sponsored by Total E&P UK, at Ellon Academy Community Campus on Saturday, October 29.

Poster Picture 1The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge was ‘Your Place, Your Space…Just Read’ and focused on people’s favourite places to read in Aberdeenshire.

Alongside the reading challenge, which involved each child receiving a themed card to keep track of the number of books they read, there was also a photography competition for children to enter.

Entrants were asked to write a Doric caption to accompany their photos.033

Six-year-old Jamie was the winner of the photography competition for the photo of him sitting reading in his father’s tractor which had the caption ‘Weel I hope ma favourite book “Tractor Trouble” disna gee ma fither’s tractor ony daft ideas’.

Nine-year-old Morgan was a runner-up for the picture of himself reading at ‘the fit o’ Bennachie’ which he says is ‘a braw place ti learn a’ aboot bugs an’ beasties’.

Two-year-old Isla was also a runner up for the photograph of herself reading beloved children’s book The Gruffalo on a isla-wilson-2bench with the caption ‘A quine took a stroll ben the deep, dark wid. The quine saw a book and the book luiked guid’.

In comparison to last year there has been a 41% increase in the number of books read as part of the challenge, which this year reached 45,396 with 7,566 participants completing the challenge.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning & Leisure Committee, Cllr Alison Evison, said: “The Summer Reading Challenge is a wonderful scheme which inspires thousands of children to pick up books and read.

“It’s gone from strength to strength and this year is no different – 7,566 participants completed the challenge, reading a fantastic 45,396 books!

“The photography competition has also been very special, with some excellent entries and hilarious captions. It’s good to see Doric being promoted to younger generations so they can learn about its influence on the cultural heritage of the North East.”

Communication Co-ordinator at Total E&P UK, Virginie Jégat, said: “Total E&P UK is thrilled to be associated with the success story that is the Summer Reading Challenge.

“It is encouraging that children continue to be enthused by a good book and visiting their local libraries.

“Numbers have consistently increased which proves the appeal of a good book, even in this era of electronic gadgetry.

“Weil done tae o’ the bairns!”

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Play Talk Read Bus!

Bessie the bus is visiting a town near you in Aberdeenshire in November!  Climb aboard to share some stories, singing and fun activities with your children. Ideal for toddlers and preschool age children and their accompanying adults!


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