Libraries are marking children’s book week

Hundreds of young children in south east Northumberland are taking part in events this week to increase their love of reading.

A range of activities are taking place in county libraries as part of children’s book week, which runs from June 9 to 13.

Northumberland County Council’s library service, in partnership with local children’s centres, has been organising songs, stories and toddler friendly crafts on the theme of ‘My Hero’.

Coun Val Tyler, the council’s portfolio holder for community infrastructure and culture, said: “It is really important that children are encouraged to read from a very young age.

“Families are also encouraged to use one of the best free resources on their doorstep – their library.

“I would encourage all young families, grandparents and carers to go down to their library.”

The Bookstart Bear Club is a fun and engaging, free club for all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their families, run by Booktrust in partnership with libraries throughout the country.

It opens up an exciting world for children and their parents or carers to explore stories, books and rhymes together.

Among the events Bedlington Station Library will have a fire engine in attendance so children can meet ‘their hero’ firemen between 10am and 11am on Wednesday, June 11.