Young bookworms will be flocking to Wolverhampton's libraries during National Bookstart Week (5 to 10 June) - with a host of activities for pre-school children featuring Bookstart Bear over the next few days.

On Tuesday 6 June, Central Library will be welcoming the cuddly mascot for a Baby Booktime from 10.15am to 11.15am, while Pendeford Library and Warstones Library host special storytime sessions from 10.30am to 11am and 2.30pm to 3pm respectively.

On Wednesday 7 June, there is a storytime at Bilston Library from 11am to 12pm and Baby Booktime at Wednesfield Library from 2.15pm to 3pm, and on Thursday 8 June Tettenhall Library hosts a storytime from 10.15am to 10.45am, which will take place at Tettenhall Pool weather permitting. Also on Thursday, East Park Library will be holding a Baby Booktime from 2.15pm to 3pm.

On Friday 9 June, there will be 2 Baby Booktimes, the first at Springvale Library from 10.15am to 11am and a second at Whitmore Reans Library from 2.15pm to 3pm.

The week long programme concludes on Saturday 10 June with a storytime and craft session at Central Library from 12.15pm and a magical story and craft session at Penn Library from 2.15pm to 3pm.

Before all that, there will be Bookstart displays in the maternity unit at New Cross Hospital on Monday morning 5 June and at the Gem Centre on Monday afternoon.

Annie Owen, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Principal Libraries Manager, said: "Getting into the habit of sharing stories, books and rhymes every day - even if only for 10 minutes - can transform a child's life, as they explore their world and make bonds, while building skills and a lifelong love of reading.

"We're looking forward to welcoming families to join in National Bookstart Week's 25th anniversary celebrations at our libraries."

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  • released: Friday 2 June, 2017