Young library users were treated to a host of special visits from worldwide favourite children’s book character Miffy the rabbit.
The visits were secured after Kathryn Boothroyd, St Helens Council’s library community development manager, won a UK-wide competition.
Miffy has been a huge favourite in libraries and with children since she was first created by Dick Bruna in 1955.
To celebrate her enduring appeal, new editions of several of Dick Bruna’s stories have been released, with text refreshed by poet Tony Mitton.
Coun Richard McCauley says: “We were so excited to have won the competition arranged by The Reading Agency. Miffy did six Read and Rhyme Time sessions in our libraries for local children.”
Young library users were thrilled by Miffy’s visits. At Rainhill Library Catherine, aged three, said she liked to read Miffy books and at Central Library, four-year-old Jack couldn’t wait to give Miffy a cuddle!
“We had lots of entries to our competition - librarians do love Miffy!” said Andrea Reece of The Reading Agency.
“But we felt that Kathryn’s entry summed up perfectly the fun that that goes on in libraries, and the warm welcome that librarians give to the youngest readers and their parents.”