Council Chair joins children and families for national celebration of reading


Children and families were joined by the Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Brian Allinson at Thornbury Library on 7 June as part of a national series of events to celebrate the magic of reading.

Children were invited to wear pyjamas and take their favourite cuddly toy for ‘Pyjamarama’; a campaign which encourages families to enjoy bedtime reading together every night.

The Bookstart Bear provided entertainment and joined children and their families for songs and rhymes.

Cllr Allinson said: “Libraries are great places for children and families and it was a pleasure to see so many here today, sharing stories and enjoying rhymes together.

“There is a welcoming and friendly environment at our libraries for children and reading can help to support a good education. I hope this event has inspired more children to read and develop a passion that they’ll take with them into adulthood.”

Pyjamarama events were hosted across a number of South Gloucestershire Libraries between 3-9 June with children being presented with a free book on behalf of BookTrust.

A parent at the Downend Library event commented: “We have been coming to Rhymetime for years and find it to be a brilliant activity. My eldest son loves books, reading and singing rhymes and I believe Rhymetime has contributed to this. Today has been extra special as we’ve really enjoyed meeting Bookstart Bear.”

BookTrust is the UK’s largest children’s reading charity and is dedicated to getting more children reading. It supports children and families to experience the joy of reading and the benefits it brings.

Throughout the year South Gloucestershire Libraries hold free weekly drop-in activities for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers – it’s free to come along and new families are always very welcome. Visit or drop in to your local library to find out more.

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