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National Bookstart Week


Once upon a time, in Plymouth, there was a very busy week……


On Saturday 22 June at St Aubyn Library there will be a themed Rhymetime in the children’s area, which is having a fairy tale makeover courtesy of the local  HeadSpace group and library staff.

On Tuesday, a Bookstart Fairy Tale party,  is happening at Crownhill Library, on Wednesday, a Baby Clinic and Fairy Tales Rhymetime will take place at Plympton Library and on Thursday at North Prospect Library, there will be a musical Fairy Tale themed Rhymetime/Storytime.

Even more events will take place at other libraries across the city, usually at the regular Rhymetime or Storytime times. All the dates and times are on our website.


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National Bookstart Week


Celebrate National Bookstart Week with us at one of our Jubilee parties for the under 5s.

Includes stories and royal rhymes. Plus make and decorate your own crown.

All the dates and times can be found on our website.

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Storytime with Maisy Mouse

 Join us for storytime with special guest Maisy Mouse.

Estover Library
Tuesday 7 February: 3.30pm

Plymstock Library
Thursday 9 February: 10.30am


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New Plympton Library

We’re very excited that the new Plympton Library will be opening on Saturday 4 February. (also National Libraries Day)

We’re still busy building furniture and putting books on shelves, but here’s a sneak preview of the children’s library.

Of course we have lots of activities planned to celebrate the opening:

Saturday 4 February

10am – Library opens
11.30am – Storytime with special guest Maisy Mouse

Sunday 5 February

A special Sunday opening from 10am to 4pm for a family day of fun and games. Join us for giant Jenga, Twister, Mega 4 and more, or just explore the new library.

Tuesday 7 February

An early evening showing of Arrietty, Studio Ghibli’s version of The Borrowers. The film starts at 6pm and booking is essential. Phone 305630.

You’ll find all other opening week events on our website.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

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All Aboard for Bookstart week!

Plymouth Libraries will be launching National Bookstart Week with a big splash at the big National Family Day event at the Hoe this Friday.

They’ll be lots of opportunities for families to get active and try a sport, new dance craze or bouncy castle!

If you need to chill out be sure to come and say hello to us and the Bookstart Bear in the exhibitor’s zone from 1pm. (Mention this blog and receive a book!)

To celebrate National Bookstart Week our special All aboard! Rhymetimes will lift off from all libraries next week. Be sure to join us for some travel themed songs and fun and receive a free copy of the All Aboard! Booklet.

For further information about the national Bookstart scheme visit the Bookstart Website.

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Draw me a story

 BB avoided heatstroke (always a hazard with fur) on Saturday morning when he has delighted to attend the launch of Draw Me A Story at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Celebrating all forms of illustration for children, the exhibition features original work from world renowned artists such as Jan Pienkowski and Antony Browne as well as animated films, comics and of course lots of our best ever picture books.

South West talent is also well represented across the generations from the legendary David “Mr Benn” McKee  and Simon ‘Baby Brains’ James up to Levi Penfold who was recently announced as as one of the ten rising starts in Booktrust’s Best New Illustrators award.

There’s lots of activities, events and competitions for all the family during the show’s run.

Be sure to join Caroline from the Central Library for an extra fortnightly Tuesday rhymetime in the gallery on Tuesday 10 May, 24 May, 7 June, 21 June, 5 July and 19 July from 11am to 11.30am.

Photos of the launch are on the Museum’s Flickr.

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World Book Day storytime

We’re celebrating World Book Day this week with an extra storytime on Wednesday 2 March in the Central Library. Join us from 11am.

Take a look at the World Book Day website for fun, games and online stories.

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