Dip in to the world of reading

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Put on your swimming gear and grab your snorkels and flippers as St Helens Libraries takes you Under the Sea.

The theme of this year’s National Bookstart Week (6-12 June) is Under the Sea.

Children who attend any of the events will receive a free copy of the picture book A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea by Jessica Law and illustrated by Jill McDonald.

The reading charity BookTrust, supported by Barefoot Books, has more than 450,000 copies to give away.

National Bookstart Week is an annual celebration of BookTrust’s flagship reading programme, Bookstart, which gives every child in England and Wales a free reading pack in the first year of their life and again when they are three to four-years-old.

The ethos of the charity is to remind families of the importance of reading for fun – even if it’s just for ten minutes a day.

There will also be lots of songs, rhymes and under the sea crafts for you to enjoy – while everyone’s favourite big blue Bookstart Bear will be visiting most libraries.

Monday 13 June 2016: Newton-le-Willows Library, 10:30am

Tuesday 14 June 2016: Peter Street Library, 2:30pm

Friday 17 June 2016: Billinge Library, 10:30am

Monday 20 June 2016: Haydock Library, 2:00pm

Tuesday 21 June 2016: Central Library, 10:30am

Thursday 23 June 2016: Rainford Library, 10:30am

Thursday 23 June 2016: Garswood Library, 2:00pm (Bookstart Bear will not be

at this event)

Friday 24 & Monday 27 June 2016: Eccleston Library, 10:30am