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Summer Reading Challenge card for under-fives


The Summer Reading Challenge 2013 has started. Children aged between four and twelve can sign up at their library now.

So the whole family can take part we’ve introduced a special card for siblings under five. Children receive a character sticker for each book they read, up to six, and a certificate when they complete the challenge.

We haven’t forgotten the adults either. Travel on a reading journey around the beautiful south west with this year’s Reading Passport.





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Happy Christmas from Bookstart Bear

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

For the first time in 25 years, our libraries will be open between Christmas and New Year,  we’d love to see you.

Full details are on our website.


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Join the Bookstart Bear Club

The Bookstart Bear Club is for all children from birth until they start school.

To register you just need to visit your local Plymouth library. You’ll need to be a member but you can sign up for both at the same time,  it’s  free and easy to join.

You’ll then  receive your child’s free Bookstart Bear Club pack and be able to enjoy the benefits;  sharing books and attending fun family events to get stamps and collect amazing certificates.

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Go for gold with Bookstart Bear Club!

Story Lab, this year’s summer reading challenge for 4 – 12 year olds, is out of the blocks and steaming ahead to the holidays!

Members of the Bookstart Bear Club can also join in the summer fun with these special Story Lab certificates which will be awarded for attending events or visits in the usual way at your local library.

And if you haven’t joined Bookstart Bear Club yet – why not?

You’ll receive a lovely welcome pack and other rewards to remember your first visits to the library together.

Ask library staff for details on how to join.

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July 20, 2012 · 2:45 pm

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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The CILIP Kate Greenaway prize

This annual prize is awarded by a jury of librarians to what they consider the best picture book of the previous year.

Check out this year’s shortlist.

You can borrow or reserve any you’d like to borrow at your local library or Online.

The winners are announced on Thursday at BAFTA. Fingers crossed for Mini Grey’s ‘Jim’ as this is BB’s favourite this year.

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BB meets Helen Dunmore & Rebecca Cobb

I had a lovely time at the museum this lunchtime (I seem to be living there at the moment).

Top author Helen Dunmore and rising young illustrator Rebecca Cobb gave a fascinating insight into the art and craft of collaboration in picture books.

The results, “The Ferry Birds” and the just published ” The Islanders” are just gorgeous! “The Ferry Birds” is based on the true story of two travelling Turnstones in Falmouth whilst “The Islanders” is based in wartime St. Ives. Both towns are very recognisable as Helen and Rebecca use many real buildings, houses and locations for inspiration. You can see some of Rebecca’s beautiful original artwork for “The Islanders”  in the “Draw Me a Story” exhibition.

If you like your picture books with a Cornish flavour grownups might also enjoy the forthcoming lunchtime talk by the legendary Michael Foreman & Phil Moran on Thursday 30 June.

Book your ticket with the museum in good time!

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