* Our mobile library service is back on the road. Timetables can be found here. There will be no mobile service w/b 15th Aug due to staff shortages* 
**Galston Library is currently experiencing network connection issues. While this is addressed the Digital Bus will visit the library from 2.45-4.15pm on Wednesdays throughout August. (Unfortunately there is no printer on the bus).

 

Bookbug

Bookbug is back in East Ayrshire Libraries in June 2022.  We’re looking forward to welcoming all of our Bookbug families back for our pilot Sessions before the summer holidays.  We plan to increase the number of libraries hosting sessions in our new programme in August 2022, but Bookbug has been keen to get back before summer to trial out Sessions again.

Sharing stories, songs and rhymes with babies and young children has many benefits including supporting children’s language, learning and social skills. It’s fun, free and simple, and the benefits will last their lifetime.

Booking in advance is essential, there are no drop-in Sessions.  Places are booked per adult for our capacities – we ask that no more than one adult attends per child; an adult can bring up to 3 children.  If you cannot manage along to the Session you have booked, please let us know in advance so that we can offer your place to another customer. 

Bookbug Sessions

What is Bookbug?

Free, friendly, fun sessions of songs, rhymes and stories for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families and carers to enjoy together. Each session lasts around 30 minutes and has been designed to support children’s development while having fun. They take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one.

 

Why?

Rhymes and songs help your baby’s language skills and are great building blocks for your baby’s future learning. Sharing time singing with your babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers is a fantastic way to have fun together. And it’s a great place to meet other families. Come along and join in the fun.

There are four fantastic free bags of books for young children in East Ayrshire:
· Baby Bag: from the registrar when you register your baby’s birth
· Toddler Bag: from your health visitor when your child is 13-15 months
· Explorer Bag: from nursery when your child is 3
· Primary 1 Family Bag: from school when your child is in P1
Gaelic Bookbug Bags are also available for families interested in Gaelic.
Tactile books are available for children with additional support needs alongside their Bookbug Bags.

Bookbug's Songs and Rhymes app.  

Bookbug's Songs and Rhymes app is one more way to fit songs and rhymes into your day and it’s here to support you as you play and sing with your wee one.

For more information visit https://www.scottishbooktrust.com/reading-and-stories/bookbug/bookbug-app.

What parents enjoy about Bookbug:

“He loves borrowing his books and loves to talk about coming to Bookbug.”

“Great to socialise whilst developing skills and abilities.”

“My 15-month-old daughters’ vocabulary has developed rapidly as a result of Bookbug.”