Celebrating Book Week in Angus


ANGUSalive is delighted to be part of the ninth Bookweek Scotland event – an annual celebration of books and reading that will take place across Scotland between 16 and 22 November 2020.

Bookweek Scotland’s theme for this year is ‘Future’ and ANGUSalive libraries have been working hard to ensure that this year’s festival can go ahead, albeit in a more digital format than in the past.

The week-long campaign will give Angus library members the opportunity to collect the book ‘Future’ written by residents of Scotland, free of charge from any Angus library. Future is a collection of true personal stories by various authors.

Moving with the times, our digital offering to celebrate the week includes featuring three local authors who will be presenting engaging Facebook sessions at 12 noon Tuesday to Friday next week.

Dundee Author, Wendy Jones will share what she is reading in lockdown and will also narrate her popular rhyming book ‘Bertie the Buffalo’ for younger listeners.

Crime writer, Jackie McLean, will give a fascinating insight into how being brought up in Arbroath influenced her into becoming the author of three popular Scottish crime novels ‘Toxic’, ‘Shadows’ and ‘Run’.

Plus, Chris Longmuir will talk about her book ‘Devils Porridge’, a police procedural that was recently featured on the Susan Calman TV series Scotland’s Hidden Places.

Angus schools will also be able to benefit from Bookweek Scotland activities. ANGUSalive will be distributing the Bookbug bags which contains three shortlisted books in the Bookbug P1 Family Bag, and children can vote for their favourite. In addition, the Read, Write and Count pack which includes two picture books, educational toys and a notebook, will be distributed to all pupils in primary 2 and 3 in Angus Schools.

Sylvia Main, Children and Families Libraries Lead at ANGUSalive libraries told us: “Book Week Scotland is our country’s biggest celebration of reading and writing and it returns for its ninth year from Monday 16 November to Sunday 22 November. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Book Week Scotland will look different this year as we can’t hold author events in our libraries as usual. However, the ANGUSalive team have organised free online author events for the public to enjoy, as well as competitions to take part in to win prizes – so we can all still enjoy Bookweek Scotland. By gifting the bags of books to pupils, we hope it will help them to develop a love of reading, a good knowledge of a range of authors, and be able to understand more about the world in which they live.”

Competitions and puzzles will also be available on Facebook every day throughout the week, with a book token to be won for both adults and children. Library members who visit ANGUSalive libraries will also be entered into a draw to win a book token.

To find out more about ANGUSalive activities during Bookweek Scotland and dates of the author presentations visit the Libraries facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ANGUSaliveLibraries

To find out ANGUSalive Libraries opening hours visit https://www.angusalive.scot/coronavirus-covid-19




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