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Bookbug and baby

Bookbug is the government's book gifting programme for the under fives.Shetland Library, in partnership with NHS Shetland, provides four stages of packs to encourage a love of books and reading.

Bookbug web page

  • Packs 1 and 2 can be collected from your Health Visitor at 7 week and 18 month checks, or from the Library.
  • Pack 3 is gifted to children in their early years setting for every 3 year old.
  • Pack 4 is gifted to every primary one pupil each November.

Saturday Bookbugs - sometimes we have Saturday Bookbugs in the school holidays. If there is not a Bookbug there will be a storytime in the main Library at 11.30am.


Bookbug now has sessions for Babies (simple songs, rhymes and stories) and Toddlers (active songs and rhymes, a longer story plus lycra games).

Please choose the session which you feel would best suit you and your child.


Todder and Baby Session in Old Library Centre, Lower Hillhead, Lerwick

Toddler Sessions

Wednesday 20 November 2019 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm
Wednesday 18 December 2019 2.00 pm - 2.45 pm

Baby Sessions

Friday 22 November 2019 10.30 am - 11.15 am
Friday 20 December 2019 10.30 am - 11.15 am



Storytime for under 5s


Remember our weekly storytimes at 10.30am at Mareel every Thursday and 11.30am at the Library every Saturday.



Bookbug Session in Baltasound Junior High School

Every Tuesday during term time at 11.30 am  



Bookbug Session in Burravoe Primary School

Tuesday 29 October at 10.00 am  
Friday 13 December at 10.00 am  
Friday 31 January at 10.00 am  

Bookbug Session in Cullivoe Primary School

Tuesday 26 November at 2.20pm  
Tuesday 10 December at 2.20pm  
Tuesday 28 January at 2.20pm  


Bookbug Session with Peerie Breeks Baby and Toddler Group - Mid Yell Hall

Friday 6 December at 9.30 am  
Friday 10 January at 9.30am  

Bookbug Session in Sandwick Junior High School

Friday 6 December at 1.30 pm  
Friday 10 January at 1.30 pm  
Friday 7 February at 1.30 pm  
Friday 6 March at 1.30 pm  

Download our special Shetland 10 things to do before you're 3 placemat

Sign up to the Bookbug Email Alert system at to find out when your baby, toddler or three year old will receive their free Bookbug pack of books.


For further information on Bookbug please contact Morag Nicolson, Young People's Services Librarian on 01595 743864.



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