Devon’s Libraries celebrate 20 years of Bookstart scheme


Posted on: 5 March 2012

To celebrate the 20th birthday of ‘Bookstart’, Devon County Council’s libraries are lending their support to the national campaign to get the nation’s families sharing books by asking parents and carers to pledge to share 20 with their children during 2012.

Bookstart is the world-renowned national early reading scheme which gives free books to babies and toddlers. In its 20 years the programme has given away 30 million free books since babies first started receiving the packs back in 1992.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for libraries, said:

Bookstart is a great way to encourage children and families to get into reading, and our libraries have loads to offer them.

“We have a massive selection of children’s books in our libraries, and all members have access to the County’s entire stock using the online catalogue.

“Regular Bounce & Rhyme sessions at the library are a fun way to give babies a flying start when it comes to learning to read by themselves.

“There are also lots of excellent reading activities to take part in, such as Bookstart Bear Club, Booktrack and the Summer Reading Challenge.

“I hope everyone makes good use of our libraries to help them keep their pledge of sharing 20 books this year.”

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council Cabinet Member with responsibility for early years services, said:

“Learning to read is a vital part of a child’s development, and doing it together as a family can encourage important bonds to develop. Some of the closest moments I have had with my own children is curled up sharing a book with them. This scheme is a fantastic introduction for children into the magical world of books and I would encourage everyone, whether they have young or older children, to take part.”

Pledge cards are available in all of Devon County Council’s Libraries. Pledges can also be made online on the Book Trust’s  website.

To find out where your nearest library is, and details of events, please log on to the library pages on Devon County Council’s website or call 0845155 1001

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