Hyslop Welcomes West Lothian Bookbug Programme

Tuesday, 06 July 2010

On Wednesday last week, Fiona Hyslop MSP for Lothians attended an event at the Scottish Parliament which launched the Scottish Books Trust’s New Early Years “Bookbug” Programme. Fiona, who spoke at the event at Holyrood, also met with the Programme’s brand new mascot. (See photos)

The core format of the programme which includes free packs of books for babies, toddlers, three year olds and Primary ones across West Lothian and free Bookbug sessions in your area, will stay the same.

Some new benefits have also been introduced including bespoke packs, improved parental guidance and an overall greener programme under a brand new Scottish identity.

Commenting after the event, Fiona said:

“I believe that it is important for babies and toddlers to be exposed to books and reading from a very early age as it has been proven to enhance their reading and listening skills as they approach their school years.

“Here in West Lothian there approximately 2,300 babies born each year that can benefit from this programme and I am delighted that the Scottish Book Trust is able to deliver such a scheme to the young children of West Lothian”

Local Contact

Ann McEwan – Early Years Local Area Co-ordinator

Telephone: 01506 77501 or 01506 776336

E-mail: ann.mcewan@westlothian.gov.uk

For more information about Bookbug in West Lothian visit www.westlothian.gov.uk/tourism/libservices/

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