Children are being encouraged to wear their pyjamas to County Durham libraries as part of a national campaign.
Durham County Council libraries are taking part in BookTrust’s Pyjamarama which aims to get youngsters all over the UK reading bedtime stories.
From today, Monday 3, to Sunday 9 June, libraries across the county are hosting Pyjamarama activities including a book giveaway and craft sessions, as well as the opportunity for children to attend regular Toddler Times in their pyjamas.
Cllr Joy Allen, the council’s Cabinet member for transformation, culture and tourism, said: “There’s nothing like a bedtime story and the joy it can bring. We don’t want a single child to miss out on the amazing benefits of reading because we know that a child that reads more, achieves more.
“The Pyjamarama campaign aims to give every child the chance to experience that excitement and wonder and to encourage families to read with their little ones each night.
“We’re looking forward to being a part of it and we’d encourage parents to contact their local library to find out more about what it’s got going on.”
To mark the campaign, copies of Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Sharman and Nick Sharratt will be given away to children up to the age of five who visit a library between 3 and 9 June, while stocks last.
Children can also wear their pyjamas and dressing gown to their local library’s Toddler Time session, at which they will be able to share and read stories and sing rhymes. Youngsters can also make their own headbands at the sessions and colour in a pair of pyjamas and add them to a display.
To find out more about activities at county libraries, visit www.durham.gov.uk/libraries