Bookstart, established by Booktrust in 1992



Scottish Book Trust's Early Years programme


Bookbug Sessions are fully inclusive and open to all families, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. A warm welcome awaits you!

The Aims of Bookbug are:

  • to provide free resources to help parents to share books with babies
  • to ensure that all children have free and regular access to a wide range of books which are suitable for their age
  • to promote a love of books and reading from an early age which will last throughout life


How it works locally:

Orkney Library & Archive supplies local Health Visitors with Bookbug bags which are given out to babies and children at different stages.


The Bookbug Baby Bag is gifted by your health visitor in your baby's first year.


The Bookbug Toddler Bag is gifted by your health visitor when your toddler is aged 1 to 2 years.


The Bookbug Explorer Bag is given out at nursery when your child is aged 3.


All P1 children will receive the P1 Family Bag during Book Week Scotland in November each year.


The Bookbug Library Challenge is a free programme that encourages children aged birth to four to discover and enjoy the library.


If you have any queries relating to the Bookbug programme please contact Lesley Spence


Bookbug sessions


Regular Bookbug Sessions are held during term-time in Deerness, Harray, Kirkwall & Stromness.


Harray Hall with Tracy Mondays at 10:30am

Deerness Community Hall with Anne-Marie Tuesdays at 10:30am

Kirkwall Library, MacGillivray Room, with Tracy Wednesdays at 10:30am

Stromness Library with Sally Fridays at 10:30am
Kirkwall Library, MacGillivray Room, with Lesley Fridays at 10:30am




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