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Coventry libraries celebrating World Book Day with a week of activities

Published Wednesday, 28 February 2018

World Book Day takes place every year and is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books, and of course, reading! It is marked by over 100 countries all over the world.

2018 marks the 21st year of World Book Day celebrations and on 1 March, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading.

Coventry’s Libraries will be celebrating the day with various activities, including Rhymetime and Story sessions, craft sessions, bedtime stories and Stay and Play sessions. Libraries will also be selling World Book Day tokens for under 5s for £1 each, which can be used at local booksellers for free or discounted books.

The following sessions will take place at these libraries on 1 March: 

  • Coundon Community Library: Rhymetime and Story session, 10.30-11am Bedtime Story session (bring a teddy!) at 6-6.30pm
  • Hillfields Community Library: Rhymetime and Story session and a Stay and Play session, 2 -2.30pm
  • Jubilee Crescent Community Library: Rhymetime and Story session, 2-2.30pm Bedtime Story session (bring a teddy!) at 5.45-6.15pm
  • Tile Hill Community Library: Rhymetime and Story session, 11-11.30am
  • Caludon Community Library: World Book Day craft session, 4.30-5.30p,
  • Central Library: Rhymetime and Story session, 11-11.30am
  • Foleshill Community Library: Stay and Play session, 9.30-10.45am Rhymetime and Story session, 1.30-2pm Youth Session (age 8-12), 4-6pm
  • Holbrooks Community Library: Rhymetime and Story session, 10-11am
  • Stoke Community Library Rhymetime and Story session, 2-2.30pm Stay and Play, 2.30-3pm
  • Willenhall Community Library Rhymetime and Story, 10.30-11.15am Bedtime Story session (bring a teddy!), 5.30-6pm

There are also additional sessions at Aldermoor Community Library who are hosting a Rhymetime and Story session, 10.30-11am (Tuesday 27 February only) and Canley Community Library will host a World Book Day story and crafts session at 2-3pm (Saturday 3 March only).

All libraries will be offering activity sheets to children on the day for free.

Libraries will also be hosting classes from Coventry schools throughout the day as part of the celebrations, with library staff also visiting classes at school to encourage children to read and to remind them that joining and borrowing from any library is free, with hundreds of books available.

Councillor Kevin Maton, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “There’s plenty going on in Coventry libraries this World Book Day and I think it’s wonderful that whole families can get  involved in celebrating and encouraging younger children to read. “

“Studies show that children who read for pleasure develop a broader vocabulary and an increase in their general knowledge, not to mention the fact that reading is an incredibly important life skill, so we’re hoping that lots of school children will get involved in the events, join their local library or borrow books more often and hopefully develop a love of reading.”

More information about each library, including its contact details, can be found on the Council’s website at

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