Monday, March 4, 2024

Libraries celebrate book week.

LIBRARIES in Thurrock celebrated national bookstart week (24-30 June) with themed fairytale rhyme-times for the under-fives.

Forty children enjoyed fun reading sessions at the South Ockendon Centre as part of the scheme. The youngsters from the local Surestart nursery came along for fairytale fun in the library and picked up their free bookstart treasure bag – full of books and other fun items. These are available free to all three year olds, encouraging the enjoyment of reading.

Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for education Cllr John Kent, said: “It was good to join the youngsters and staff at what was a great session. Early years education has the potential to help build strong foundations before children start school, and national bookstart week is an important part of this process. It is fantastic to see children really starting to enjoy reading and learning.”

Every child also received a free Ugly Duckling picture book produced by Bookstart. Further information can be found at


  1. How marvellous Cllr John Kent, children encouraged into a world of quiet study of books and learning, next to someone complaining about the inadequacies of Thurrock Housing and the Yummy Mummy Community Mums and Dads – Breast Feeding Support group. The former Ockendon Library has been subsumed, this building is soulless compared to what it replaced. Early evening opening has also disappeared without trace, and there are endless people streaming in and out of some mysterious back office.


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