LITTLE literature lovers got booked in for a day of fun at a South Tyneside library.
It was eyes down at Central Library, in Prince Georg Square, South Shields, as 30 bookworms from Marine Park Primary School took part in a nationwide campaign encouraging young people to embrace the joys of reading.
The pupils, aged four and five, were presented with literary packs, including a copy of the Tale of the Naughty Little Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.
The event was organised by Booktime, a national free book programme for reception aged children, which aims to share the virtues of verse and their passion for prose with a whole new generation.
As part of the day, the youngsters enjoyed a story time session, where they all went on an adventure with Beatrix Potter’s naughty rabbit.
Booktime has been supported by South Tyneside Council, and every primary school in the borough can take part in the two-month programme. It is hoped that 1,400 young people across 33 schools will have experienced Booktime before the end of term.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “It was wonderful to see the young people from Marine Park Primary School getting so involved and passionate about reading.
“The council looks to support any campaign that encourages literacy skills amongst children at an early stage of their school life.”
Yvonne Field, reception teacher at Marine Park Primary School, said: “Being able to read a variety of materials widens children’s vocabulary and gives them all a chance to better understand the world around them.
“Booktime is a wonderful way of improving the links between home and school, as the children can take the books home to read with their families. Young people can never have too many books.”
While many libraries across the North East are facing an uncertain future, South Tyneside Council is keen to ensure there’s a happy ending for library services in the borough.
Library chiefs recently held a consultation event to lay the building blocks for plans to create a new library and arts centre in the town.
Children used lego blocks to devise their own libraries, with a rich array of colourful creations.
For further information about reading and literary programmes, call 427 1818 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org