Storytime with Kipper the dog during Bookstart week

Published on: 25 Jun 2013

WHO/WHAT: Kipper the dog (Mick Inkpen’s popular children’s book character) will be joining Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, at Staple Hill Library for a storytime session with local pre-school children and their families where Cllr Boulton will read a story to the youngsters.

WHERE/WHEN: 11am, Friday 28 June, Staple Hill Library, Broad Street, Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire BS16 5LS.

BACKGROUND: South Gloucestershire libraries are holding free celebration events throughout Bookstart week (24 to 30 June) with stories, rhymes, crafts and visits from the Bookstart Bear. Kipper the popular children’s book character will be visiting young children and their families at Staple Hill Library between 9.30am and 2pm on Friday 28 June to discover the magic of fairytales as part of the National Bookstart Week celebrations.

Bookstart is a national programme run by the charity Bookstrust which provides free books to babies, toddlers and pre-school children. South Gloucestershire libraries have worked in partnership with health visitors and early years settings to gift Bookstart packs to over 6000 children in South Gloucestershire this year to support families reading together and getting involved in their child's early learning.

Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “I am looking forward to attending the Bookstart celebrations at Staple Hill Library for storytime with Kipper the dog. It is great to see libraries working in partnership with Bookstart to support early years learning. Bookstart is a fantastic project that offers the gift of free books to all children before they start school, with an aim to inspire a love of reading that will give young people a head start in life.”

Free rhymetime and storytime sessions run in all South Gloucestershire libraries throughout the year.

For details of Bookstart events or regular rhymetimes and storytimes please contact your local South Gloucestershire library by calling 01454 868006 or visit our website

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