8 June 2018

Hundreds of young families enjoyed meeting the Boosktart bear at an event at Weston Park Museum this week (Wednesday).

Sheffield libraries staff organised the event to mark the start of National Bookstart Week, which encourages reading with children from a young age.

Around 100 young children and their parents and carers attended the event and took part in crafts, story-time sessions, music and rhymes, as well bird spotting activities.

Further events have taken place at libraries across Sheffield. All children attending have been given a free story from the charity Book Trust: ‘A Busy Day for Birds’ by Lucy Cousins.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “It was fantastic seeing so many children enjoying the activities at Weston Park Museum.

“Reading with young children has enormous benefits. That’s why the libraries staff work so closely with the charity Book Trust to run events like this. Libraries across the city also run regular groups and activities for children which are free to attend.”

Group pic

Sheffield joins hundreds of other places across England celebrating National Bookstart Week, which runs until Sunday 10 June.

Diana Gerald, Chief Executive of Book Trust said: “We are thrilled families in Sheffield are celebrating National Bookstart Week. Sharing a book is a wonderful experience which every child should benefit from. We hope families enjoy diving into A Busy Day for Birds and the book helps families to find the fun in reading together.

“Reading for pleasure can have many positive impacts on a child’s life with research showing if a parent reads to their infant every day they will be almost 12 months ahead of those who are read to less often, in terms of their reading and language skills.”

Polly Beaumont, at the event with her son Frank, said: “It’s a brilliant event today with so many people here from all over the city. It’s feels like a real treat. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to be here at the museum and to be part of this event.”

Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/libraries for more information.