Bookstart scheme offers youngsters rewards for using library

Young library visitors will get a helping paw towards getting rewards for borrowing books over the next four weeks.

To celebrate National Bookstart Week, the national charity supported by Bradford Council’s Libraries Service, children in the Bookstart Bear Club will receive double paw print stamps.

When a child up to five-years-old joins one of Bradford Council’s libraries, they receive a Bookstart Bear Club passport. Each time they borrow a book or attend a rhyme time or story time, they receive a paw print stamp in their passport. Children can then earn rewards, such as books, bags, DVD loans, swim vouchers and even a teddy bear if they get a certain number of stamps.

Until July 24 there will be double stamp points on offer giving youngsters a faster route to rewards and an incentive to get into books.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, executive member for Employment, Skills and Culture, said: “Bookstart is a great scheme to encourage young children’s interest in books through their local libraries. Double stamps will give them an extra incentive to join in.”

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