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10,000 pupils book in for Wee Write! story-time sessions

27/02/2016
Thousands of pupils from across Glasgow will descend on The Mitchell Library this week to watch in awe as acclaimed children’s authors bring much-loved stories to life, as part of the city’s Wee Write book festival for children. 

This year, however, the magic of story-telling isn’t just confined to the city’s most iconic public library.

Across town, Parkhead Library will open its doors to more than 500 of the youngest Glaswegians, offering a very special series of Wee Write! educational sessions, as part of the Every Child a Library Member scheme.

The army of under-fives from some of the most disadvantaged areas of the city - all part of Glasgow’s Every Child a Library member pilot project, which aims to give all children a library card – will be getting their reading up to speed thanks to interactive animation and story-time sessions, with well-known faces from the world of children’s fiction.

Councillor Archie Graham OBE, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Glasgow’s libraries offer a fantastic, innovative and imaginative space for children to read, play and learn together.

“I’m delighted that more than 10,000 young Glaswegians will have the opportunity to visit our libraries this week to meet inspirational authors who will no doubt bring books to life before their very eyes.

“Our city’s libraries offer fantastic opportunities for young people to explore the wonder of books. I would urge all families to come along to the Wee Write Families Day at The Mitchell Library next Saturday and take part in a whole array of magical sessions in what promises to be our best ever celebration of storytelling.”

This week’s schools sessions will offer early years, primary, secondary and ASL audiences the opportunity to explore the benefits of reading for pleasure. 

The youngest Glaswegians will get the chance to brush up on their counting skills using some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, from subway trains to the pigeons of George square, in the innovative Glasgow 1,2,3 sessions whilst over at the Mitchell award-winning author Simon Puttock, fresh from his Book Week Scotland appearance drops in to talk madcap ideas, imagination and crazy illustrations with P3 and P4 pupils. 

And with more than 80 sessions on offer throughout the week, the programme of schools activities promises to ignite the imaginations of Glasgow’s next generation of bookworms.

Don’t worry if your school has missed out on this week’s educational programmes as Wee Write! Families Day returns to The Mitchell Library next Saturday (5th March). The action-packed day of story-telling, word-play, and audience participation offers an array of mayhem and mischief for the whole family to enjoy. To book tickets, or to find out more, please visit www.weewrite.com 

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