World Book Day events

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World Book Day is now in its 15th year and is the biggest annual event supporting books and reading in the UK.

Libraries across Dumfries and Galloway are encouraging local people to join in the celebrations on Thursday, March 1.

Local libraries are holding a week of book-related events, including rhymetimes, storytimes and displays to celebrate World Book Day and this year they have given it a very foody theme.

Ivor Hyslop, council leader, said: “Many libraries across Dumfries and Galloway will be holding their free regular storytimes and rhymetimes for children. We can’t wait to get budding readers buzzing about World Book Day.”

Michael Russell, principal officer for libraries, said: “Children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers. Our storytimes and rhymetimes are a fun way to get local children’s imaginations fired up and encourage them to become avid readers.”

Events include:

Lockerbie Library will have lots going on. From 1-4pm on World Book Day there will be fun quizzes, kids crafts and giveaways. Share your favourite recipe or cookbook, have a chat, a drink and cake with library staff and Sue Sharp (community learning assistant).

Lochthorn Library in Dumfries will be having a food themed Bookbug Rhymetime on Tuesday, February 28, from 1.30-2.30pm and Storytimes on Wednesday, February 29, from 1.30-2pm and on Friday, March 2, from 10.30-11am.

The Ewart Library in Dumfries will be having a food themed Bookbug Rhymetime on Wednesday, February 29, at 10-11am.

Georgetown Library is having 120 school children over the week for stories and biscuit decorating. Everyone is welcome at their Storytimes on Wednesday, February 29 from 2-2.30pm and Thursday, March 1, from 10.30-11am.

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