Christmas lasts all year with free books for Bookbugs

Local parents and children enjoyed a festive sing-along and story-telling with Santa at a special Christmas Bookbug Session.

Since the 2010 launch of Bookbug, the free national book gifting scheme, around 5,000 local babies have received their free Bookbug packs which contain books, along with guidance materials for parents on sharing stories with babies and young children.

Oran at a Christmas Bookbug session in Selkirk on Wednesday 17th Dec. The sessions encourage toddlers and babies to read  through thier Bookbug packs given out to children every year.

Oran at a Christmas Bookbug session in Selkirk on Wednesday 17th Dec. The sessions encourage toddlers and babies to read through thier Bookbug packs given out to children every year.

Gill Swales, senior librarian at Scottish Borders Council, said: “Sharing books and reading stories to even very young children helps them with early literacy when they start school. The Bookbug packs give the opportunity to every family to enjoy the pleasure of early picture books.”

Free singing and action rhyme sessions – Bookbug Sessions – also take place throughout the year. These sessions are free and fun events for babies, toddlers and their families. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes, with lots of audience participation.

Bookbug sessions at Connections, Back Row, take place on a Wednesday during term time at 10.30am, and are run by staff from Scottish Borders Libraries, along with volunteers from Selkirk Baptist Church.

Sessions will resume on January 7.