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Hive Puts On Extra Activities for Bookstart Week

The Hive will be celebrating National Bookstart Week 2017 with a week-long programme of activities, to encourage families to have fun reading together, anywhere and anytime.

Children under 5 years and their parents and carers can take part in lots of fun activity taster sessions, storytimes and outdoor themed activities at The Hive every day of Bookstart Week which runs from Monday 5 June to Sunday 11 June.

On Monday through to Friday taster sessions including baby massage, baby yoga, baby talk, story play and music are being provided by local businesses for under 5s to try.  Each session is a £1 per child to attend and accompanying adults go free. Places can be booked via The Hive's website –  

On Thursday 8 June at 11am Open Sky Theatre Company are performing their new show Hairy Fairy Tails, classic fairy stories retold through rhyme, song, music, puppetry, mime and magical transformations.  Places can be booked via The Hive's website.

And every day of the week, Monday through to Sunday at 11am and 2.45pm children can join in the free Rat-a-tat Tales sessions run by the library team in The Hive's story pit.

The Hive's regular free activities for under 5s are also part of the week's programme with Bounce and Rhyme on Tuesdays – 10  - 10.30am: Wacky Wednesdays on Wednesdays – 1.30 – 3pm; and Baby Bounce and Rhyme on Fridays – 11 – 11.30am.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of the BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Bookstart gives every child in England and Wales a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are 3-4 years old. BookTrust works to remind families of the importance of reading for pleasure – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

The theme of this year’s National Bookstart Week is ‘Let’s Explore Outdoors’. Children who attend events will receive a free copy of the picture book Everybunny Dance!  by Ellie Sandall. Children’s reading charity BookTrust, supported by Hodder Children’s Books, has more than 450,000 copies to give away.

Janine Downes, The Hive Library Manager said: "Our activities for children under 5 are always really popular so it's great to have such a full week of activities from local providers to choose from.

"Our Bookstart Week activities all aim to encourage parents and carers to play, sing and share books with their babies. The benefits to the development of language skills are well proven, as are the effects on early learning. We will also be encouraging parents and carers to join the library themselves and have library membership for their babies so that they can  borrow books over and over again and join in all the free library activities.   It's never too young to join and library membership is free!"