The Bookbug Programme forms part of the integral support for Highland children and their families that is provided by Highland Libraries and partner agencies.

Approximately 2600 babies are born in Highlands each year and the Bookbug message is successfully delivered to all of their families. Committed library staff and a strong partnership with NHS Highland Health Visitors, ensures that all families regardless of geographic location or personal circumstances receive a Bookbug Baby pack and are informed about the positive benefits of books sharing.

Highland Libraries are firm advocates of the Bookbug Programme and have been involved in the gifting free books to babies since 1999.  The Bookbug programme is delivered in all of our public libraries (40 static and 9 mobile).


Bookbug Pack Gifting

Bookbug baby packs are delivered in partnership with NHS Highland Health Visitors and gifted to babies at around 16 weeks.

Bookbug Toddler packs are delivered primarily through the public library service. Parents and Carers of all toddlers aged 18 months are sent a reminder postcard to highlight the availability of their packs. They are invited to collect packs from their local library but partnership work enables packs to be gifted in other settings too.

Bookbug Explorer packs are distributed by libraries via Early Years settings such as nurseries and playgroups. Gifting often takes the format of a pirate party. 


Bookbug’s Library Challenge

Highland Libraries relish offering the exciting new Bookbug Library Challenge to 0-4 year olds.  Children receive a collector’s card which is stamped each time they visit the library.  Children then swap four stamps for a limited edition certificate, completing the challenge when they receive certificate number five.


Bookbug Sessions

Highland Libraries is committed to offering Bookbug Sessions across the library network.

Bookbug sessions are free, fun sessions where parents and carers along with their children are encouraged to sing, share traditional and new rhymes, enjoy active rhymes and share books together.  All of this helps to develop babies’ language and listening skills giving then a head start for pre-school.   Sessions are a great social opportunity for children and families to get together and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere.

To find a session near you, check with your local library.


Gaelic Bookbug Sessions

Gaelic Bookbug Sessions are held each month at the following libraries. In addition, Bonar Bridge Library makes monthly Bookbug visits to local nursery classes. Telephone 01863 760083 for more information.

Please contact the library for the date of the next Gaelic session.

Library Bookbug Session Days/Times Contact Info
Dingwall Library Thursday 11-11:30 am 01349 869869
Invergordon Library Thursday 10:30-11 am 01349 852698
Tain Library Wednesday 11-11:30 am 01862 892391
Portree Library* Tuesday 10-10:30 am 01478 614823



For accessibility information, please contact your local Bookbug Coordinator or see your local authority website.


Bookbug Co-ordinators

Elizabeth Parker

Senior Network Librarian

Email: Elizabeth.Parker@highlifehighland.com

Telephone: 01463 235713


Malina Liddle (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)

Email: Malina.Liddle@highlifehighland.com

Telephone: 01463 251 280


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