12 June 2017

Hundreds of young families enjoyed meeting the Gruffalo at a Bookstart event in the Winter Garden last week.

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

Around 300 young children and their parents and carers attended the event and took part in crafts, story-time sessions, music and rhymes.

Further events have taken place at libraries across Sheffield. All children attending have been given a free story from the charity Book Trust: ‘Everybunny Dance!’ by Ellie Sandall.

Leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Julie Dore, said: “It was fantastic seeing so many children enjoying the activities in the Winter Garden.

“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.”

Sheffield joins hundreds of other places across England celebrating National Bookstart Week, which ran until yesterday (Sunday 11 June).

Oliver Coppard, Head of English Regions at Book Trust, said: “We are delighted to work with Sheffield libraries across the city.

“National Bookstart Week is our flagship event across the year and Sheffield has always been one of the very best events across the country.

“It’s great to see so many children and families excited about reading and engaging with books.”

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