Cornwall libraries promote bedtime reading in Pyjamarama week

Libraries in Cornwall are celebrating the wonder of bedtime reading this week as part of BookTrust’s Pyjamarama campaign. 

From today until 9 June families with children aged under five can pick up a free copy of the popular children’s book ‘Car, Car, Truck, Jeep’ and other goodies from their local branch. 

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Many libraries are also holding special pyjama parties and themed Bookstart Rhymetimes this week.

Pyjamarama promotes the benefits of regularly sharing books and rhymes with children from the earliest age. 

Kicking off the week this morning staff at Truro Community Library donned their pyjamas and joined Bookstart Bear to hand out free books to families in Union Place.

Elsewhere St Austell Library held a special Sing and Shake session for toddlers and babies and Camelford Library encouraged parents and children to come to Rhymetime in their pyjamas.

Other events coming up this week include:

Tuesday, 4 June

  • Bookstart Bear will make a star appearance at Launceston Library for a 10.30am Rhymetime.
  • Falmouth Library is hosting a special Rhymetime at 11am and 2pm
  • Camelford Library will be holding a bedtimes stories reading session at 2pm

Wednesday, 5 June

  • St Austell Library is holding a Pyjamarama Rhymetime at 9.30am
  • Bodmin Library has a Pyjamarama Rhymetime at 10.30am
  • Young visitors at St Agnes Library will be in their pyjamas as they join a transport-themed Rhymetime at 2.30pm

Nationally the week will culminate with pyjama parties being held in offices, schools and nurseries, all raising money in support of BookTrust, helping them to make sure no child misses out on a bedtime story.       

Deborah Averill, Bookstart Coordinator and Early Years Facilitator for Cornwall Council’s Library and Information Service said: “Just reading for ten minutes a day with babies and young children can have an incredible effect on how ready they will be for school.  Bedtime is the ideal chance to cuddle up with a book and escape together into the magical world of stories.”

Edwina Hannaford, Cornwall’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Pyjamarama is a great campaign to promote the simple bedtime story.

“Reading with babies and young children not only introduces them to the joy of reading, it gives them a head-start in their language and literacy development and boosts their social and emotional wellbeing. It also gives parents an opportunity to connect and engage with their children at the end of the day.”

There will be Bookstart Rhymetimes taking place in other branches this week so check with your local library to see how they are celebrating Pyjamarama.