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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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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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Bookstart Bear has fun in the sun

Bookstart Bear had a great time at all the Bookstart celebrations this week. Hope you enjoyed it too, lets hope there’s another heatwave this weekend! Remember to stay safe in the sun.

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Rhyme Challenge 2010

Booktrust are pleased to announce the arrival of The Rhyme Challenge 2010!

The Challenge is for pre-school and reception aged children and is an extension activity to our Bookstart bookgifting programme.

The main aim of the Challenge is to encourage a love of rhymes and early poetry in a fun and informal way. It is also an excellent way to increase family involvement by encouraging fathers, mothers, family members and carers to enjoy learning rhymes within the home and get involved in their child’s learning.

To take part in the challenge, just visit our library rhymetimes, where you will be given the ten nursery rhymes for you and your child to learn. The children will be awarded special certificate when they have learnt all the rhymes.

The great thing about rhymes is that you can sing them anywhere; you don’t need any musical equipment, just a few minutes a day enjoying rhymes with your child!

The rhyme challenge runs throughout the year. These are the rhymes for 2010:

Twinkle twinkle, Humpty Dumpty, This little piggy, Grand Old Duke of York, Round and round the garden, If you’re happy and you know it, Baa baa black sheep, I’m a little teapot, Incey Wincey Spider, Ring -a ring o’ roses

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National Bookstart Day – At the Seaside

National Bookstart Day is on 11 June and this year we’re off to the seaside! 

In Plymouth we’re holding lots of ‘At the seaside’ parties for the under 5s. Come dressed for the beach, bring your buckets and spades and have some fishy fun. Dates and times below.

If you can’t make it, here are some tips for having At the Seaside fun at home.

It’s extra special for us this year as we are also celebrating 10 years of Bookstart in Plymouth, so we’d love to see you.

Date and times

Central Library
Monday 7 June: 11.30am
Thursday 10 June: 2pm

Crownhill Library
Tuesday 8 June: 2.15pm

Devonport – Mount Wise Park
Friday 11 June: 11am

Efford Library
Tuesday 15 June: 2.15pm

Eggbuckland Library
Thursday 10 June: 2.15pm

Ernesettle Library
Saturday 12 June: 10am

Estover Library
Tuesday 8 June: 3.30pm

Laira Library
Wednesday 16 June: 10.30am

North Prospect Library
Thursday 10 June: 1.30pm

Peverell Library
Friday 11 June: 10.30am

Plympton Library
Thursday 10 June: 2pm

Plymstock Library
Thursday 10 June: 2.15pm

St Budeaux Library
Thursday 10 June: 10am

Southway Library
Wednesday 9 June: 10am

Stoke Library
Tuesday 8 June: 10.30am

Tothill Library
Thursday 10 June: 2.30pm

West Park Library
Tuesday 8 June: 10am

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Celebrating National Bookstart Day


Friday 9 October is National Bookstart Day and we’ll be celebrating all week with special rhymetimes. Take a look at the library website for all the dates and times.

We’re also looking for Plymouth’s favourite nursery rhyme. Tell us yours and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a fabulous bag of picture and board books. Pick up an entry form in your library.

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That will do nicely…


There’s a new library card for new members aged 5 and under. For the first time it features the Bookstart logo.

Don’t forget under 5s should always use your own library card to borrow books so that you don’t get nasty horrid charges!

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