World Book Day celebrates its 25th year on 3rd March this year with the theme – ‘you are a reader’. Libraries across Edinburgh and our school libraries are putting together a range of events. Don’t forget to check out your local library Facebook page for further details.
Some of our highlights are listed below:
Blackhall have 10 class visits slots planned and a host of fun activities for the children to enjoy. At the end of their visit, the children will receive a note from the ‘Bank of Blackhall’ and will take home a book.
Central Library and Central Children’s will both have special World Book Day displays.
Currie Library – will be running a Bookbug as usual in the morning, followed by two storytimes (one for 3-6’s and one for 7-10’s) and two drop-in crafts. They will also be asking children to find ‘Wally’ to win stickers.
Fountainbridge and Balgreen Libraries
Fountainbridge and Balgreen Libraries are working together with classes and local community groups to create a very special video which will be revealed on World Book Day on their social media pages.
Fountainbridge also has a storytelling session on World Book Day for 7 to 11 years old, from 3.45 to 4.15pm.
Moredun Library are having a World Book Day party on Thursday 3 March from 3.30 to 4.30pm. There will be a book treasure hunt, quizzes, a book cover competition, word games and activities. (Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.)
Morningside will have an adult’s staff favourites, an adult’s book quiz and three books read in a foreign language, French, Greek and Africaans. Follow the fun on their Facebook page.
They’ll also be running a picture book cover quiz for children on Facebook.
Muirhouse Library are pairing up with their local nursery for a range of stories and crafts.
Oxgangs – will be hosting library sessions in the local primary school.
Portobello Library will be having a World Book Day books treasure hunt, a picture book quiz for toddlers and their parents/carers, a colour in competition for 3-5 years and another for 6+ years.
Ratho – will be hosting library sessions in the local primary school.
Sighthill – will be hosting library sessions in the local primary school.
Wester Hailes Library
Wester Hailes are reaching out to local primary schools for class visits to the library around World Book Day.
They’ll have some children’s resources (quiz & craft packs) available to pick up from the library too.
School Library Activities
Forrester’s High School
Forrester’s High School have Blackwell’s Bookshop supplying the £1 books and will have various activities (bookmark making / word searches / origami) going on over the whole week. All S1-3 classes can take part and their feature competition this year is a staff masked reader.
Wester Hailes High School
For World Book Day, Ms Prince is doing a presentation for S1 – 3 classes during their reading periods to highlight the fantastic ebook and audiobook resources available via Libby. She has vouchers and a handful of the WBD £1 books to give out as well.
James Gillespie’s High School
James Gillespie’s High School will celebrate with book themed competitions and a display of reader recommendations.
Holy Rood High School
Holy Rood High School will be running competitions across the school during the whole week, and we have a Book Sale courtesy of Blackwell’s Book Shop plus 300 of the £1 books to hand out to S1 and S2 pupils and enough £1 vouchers for everyone else!
Boroughmuir High School
S1 will be celebrating their reading journey and joining in with a book themed bingo.
Gracemount High School
Over the course of the day, Mrs Babbs will be hosting Book Pictionary – to highlight new stock, book tasting – S1 & P7’s, book displays – launch of displays by Nat 5 retail pupils and the £1 World Book Day Book Giveaway.
Liberton High School
Mrs Browne has lots of events planned including Masked Reader, staff dress up – fiction character, Read Or Be Read To, along with the launch of a football themed reading challenge.
Liberton and Gracemount will also both be running a silver themed book hunt to celebrate 25 years of World Book Day.