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The first ever Sunday Bookbug session takes place in Barrhead Foundry
Staged in the library at Barrhead Foundry, more than 20 mums, dads and children came out in torrential rain and high winds for the event on Sunday, February 7.
Bosses at East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure decided to stage the extra Bookbug events after an online survey of parents showed there was a demand on a Sunday. They already organise about 20 Bookbug sessions throughout the week, but had never held them on a Sunday - and neither had any other library in Scotland.
A Bookbug session encourages children, up to the age of three, to mix with other children, play games and have stories and nursery rhymes read to them by their parents in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Anne Cunningham, from Springhill, in Barrhead came along to the first Sunday Bookbug session with her one-year-old daughter, Jessica and said: "We've been at Bookbug sessions during the week before, but having the sessions on a Sunday is a brilliant idea because it gives parents another option.
"It's really great for me because I'm about to go back to work and I wouldn't be able to take Jessica to a Bookbug session during weekdays. So, I'll definitely be coming here on a Sunday as it suits me better."
Anne added: "Bookbug is great because it encourages children to interact with each other and it's also lots of fun."
Catriona Wallace, Head of Early Years, at the Scottish Book Trust said: "East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure is the first in Scotland to pilot Sunday Bookbug sessions and it's an excellent idea.
"It means parents or carers that work during the week will have an extra opportunity to attend a Bookbug Session over the weekend and spend valuable time with their children and with other parents in the community."
Chief Executive of East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure - the organisation that runs sports, leisure and cultural services in the area - Anthony McReavy said: "Our aim is to give the public what they want and make it as easy as possible for them to participate in sport, leisure or cultural activities. We conducted an online survey and parents told us they wanted extra Bookbug sessions on a Sunday and that's exactly what we're giving them.
"These events are great fun for both the children and their parents and I expect our new Sunday sessions will be very popular."
Created 9 February 2016