Taking Bookbug outside for summer

When school breaks for the summer, so do many other things in our small town. The local parent and toddler group ends and, with families having so much time together, I thought it would be shame for them to miss their Tuesday Bookbug sessions as well.

With permission from the Board, we moved to the Girvan Community Garden where we had seven special themed sessions which allowed the children to grow and sample things, take part in mini sports events and indulge in craft activities. I’ve been asked to repeat a similar format this year - with even more gardening activities!

Despite a very rainy summer last year, we always struck it lucky on our Tuesdays and enjoyed dry afternoons outdoors. Because it was too bright in the afternoon to carry out my very special, planned final session, I asked the garden to keep Bookbug in mind for the late Autumn. And, eventually, Book Week Scotland provided the perfect opportunity to host our pyjama party in the garden cabin!

In the end we had a small turn out but those who came really entered into the spirit of the afternoon. Because it was dark so early (and the tots so young) we could say it was bedtime in the garden at 4.30pm! Everyone joined in with some gentle songs and rhymes, we read Peace At Last by Jill Murphy and had a look in the community garden for some of the animals that keep Mr. Bear awake, using torches and the bright full moon. We finished the session by singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and using telescopes from the storysack to stargaze. The cabin was lovely and cozy with a (safeguarded) wood burning stove and fairly lights draped on the walls.

The loyal regulars from our Bookbug sessions went home sleepy and happy. I am excited to see what the families will think about my summer sessions this year, but I’m looking forward to when the dark starts early; it will mean it's Book Week Scotland and the time to celebrate reading can’t be far away!

Dawn Baird

Dawn regularly runs Bookbug Sessions in Girvan. Dawn was also a member of The League of Extraordinary Booklovers during Book Week Scotland 2012. You can email Dawn to find out more about the special Bookbug sessions in Girvan this summer here