LIBRARIES throughout Hartlepool will be celebrating the wonder of books next month.
Many libraries across the town will be taking part in National Bookstart Week which runs from Monday, June 6, to Friday, June 10.
The Bookstart initiative, which is run by the independent national charity Booktrust, aims to encourage people of all ages to get interested in books.
This year’s theme is All Aboard and hopes to inspire children to share their favourite transport and journey stories.
Children attending Read and Rhyme sessions during the week will receive a rhyme-time sheet, stickers and an All Aboard book which features different types of transport, from zooming rockets to splashing boats.
Heather Bellwood, Hartlepool Borough Council’s children and literacy manager, said: “Over the years the Bookstart scheme has helped countless Hartlepool youngsters build their reading skills and National Bookstart week is a great opportunity to celebrate that.
“We hope that this year’s theme of All Aboard will encourage families to enjoy reading books and rhymes together.”
The events, which are in partnership with the town’s Children’s centres, begin on Monday, June 6, with Read and Rhyme sessions being held at the Central Library, in York Road (10am-11am), Throston Library, in Glamorgan Grove (10.30am-11.30am), and Owton Manor Library, in Wynyard Road (2pm-3pm).
On Tuesday, June 7, Seaton Carew Library, in Station Lane, will be holding a Read and Rhyme session (2pm-3pm) while the Central Library will be running a Wiggle and Jiggle class (2pm-3pm).
Wednesday, June 8, sees the Central Library run a Baby Babble event for the under-twos (1.30pm-2.30pm).
On Thursday, June 9, a Toys and Tales class will be held at the Central library (10am-noon) and West View Library, in Miers Avenue, will be hosting its own Read and Rhyme session (10.30am-11.30am).
The final class of the week, on Friday, June 10, will be a Read and Rhyme session at Headland Library, in Middlegate (2pm-3pm).
All sessions are for the under-fives and booking is not required.
Families attending any Read and Rhyme sessions can also to be entered into a free prize draw to win a VIP day out to the National Railway Museum, in York.