Pack a picnic and enjoy a party in the park at Bookstart Bear event, Springfield Park, Rochdale.
Hundreds of children are set to pack into Rochdale’s Springfield Park to enjoy an afternoon of stories, songs and games to celebrate National Bookstart Week.
Bookstart Bear’s picnic in the park, organised by Rochdale Borough Council, is on Thursday 14 June from noon-2pm. Families with pre-schoolers are encouraged to pack a picnic for the event, which is free to attend.
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The entertainment will be led by early years library worker Irene Peachey who will present story and rhyme sessions throughout the afternoon.
Other attractions include a miniature railway, craft activities and a special visit from the fire service.
This year’s theme will be ‘Bookstart Bird Boogie’ and every child who attends will receive a free mini copy of ‘A Busy Day for Birds’ by popular author Lucy Cousins.
The aim of National Bookstart Week is to celebrate the enjoyment and benefits of sharing books, stories and rhymes from as early an age as possible.
Councillor Janet Emsley, the cabinet member for libraries, said: “National Bookstart Week is a wonderful way of introducing children to the joys of reading and learning.
Springfield Park is a lovely venue and it’s always a well-attended and popular event.
Let’s hope the sun shines and crowds flock to the park to enjoy an afternoon of fun and learning.”
Bookstart Bear Club sessions, presented by Irene Peachey, operate in six libraries across the borough throughout the year. Membership of the library is free for all. Check out www.rochdale.gov.uk/libraries for more details.
Further information about Springfield Park can be found at www.rochdale.gov.uk/parks