Children and their families are invited to a special story time at Filton Library on Tuesday 22nd May at 9:30am to celebrate the launch of ‘Bookstart 20’ in South Gloucestershire, marking the 20th birthday of Bookstart, the world-renowned early reading scheme.
The campaign is being supported nationally by well known faces including HRH the Duchess of Cornwall and Colleen Rooney.
Bookstart is asking people across England to make a simple pledge: to share 20 books with children in 2012. South Gloucestershire Libraries are inviting all local residents to sign up to the pledge. The pledge postcard is available in all South Gloucestershire Libraries and Surestart Children’s Centres. Pledges can also be made online at www.booktrust.org.uk/bookstart20.
Several independent studies have found that reading to babies and toddlers on a daily basis is the strongest predictor of childhood development and positive educational outcomes – even more important than socio-economic factors.
South Gloucestershire Libraries offer free story time and rhyme time sessions each week for children aged between 0 and 4 years and all pre-school children can join the Bookstart Bear club at their library. For further information, visit www.southglos.gov.uk/libraries.
Filton Library is currently closed for refurbishment and is due to re-open on Monday 21st May.