This site uses cookies to enhance your experience. Please change browser settings to disable cookies if you do not wish to receive them. Privacy Statement on Analytic Cookies.

Bookbug Extra

Bookbug and baby

Bookbug really does help give bairns the very best start in life. In March 2017 we took part in and promoted the Shetland Community Choices 'participatory budgeting' scheme and sought funding for 'Bookbug Extra'. We wanted to establish sessions in Whalsay and Scalloway and increase access elsewhere. Unfortunately despite great support we were not one of the projects to win. However, it was a great chance to promote Bookbug and we thank everyone who voted for us.


We are leaving this web page and our project info up for a few months in case people are still browsing information about the Community Choices projects. This is not the end - we are always developing services and will do all we can to make sure Bookbug reaches more people.


We want more families to enjoy Bookbug. We are applying for £11,806 from Shetland Community Choices to help us reach more of the folk who need it.

Shetland Community Choices is 'Participatory Budgeting'. All Shetland reisidents over 12 years old can vote on which Council projects they want to fund in 2017. Voting is from 13 - 25 March 2017. You can vote online or you can come to a special event at the Museum on 25 March and cast your vote in person.

Find out more about Bookbug and our project below - and please consider giving us your vote. How to vote


Bookbug develops literacy through books, rhyme and song from the earliest age. The Library and our partners arrange gifting of Bookbug book bags to every child in Shetland at four stages from birth to Primary 1. We run free song and rhyme sessions and train and support other Bookbug leaders to run sessions too.

Sharing stories, songs and rhymes with your child has many wonderful benefits. Its lots of fun and just a few minutes a day will:

  • Develop your child’s language skills
  • Give you time to cuddle and help you bond with your child
  • Help you and your child feel more relaxed
  • Boost your child’s confidence
  • Encourage your child to draw and write
  • Give your child a head start in life

Read lots more on the Bookbug website

Find out about some of the Bookbug sessions we currently run


Why Bookbug Extra?

We have great coverage of Bookbug in Shetland but as more and more parents see the benefits we need help to keep up with demand for family sessions. Library staff can't do it all and we depend very much on people who work in early years and community settings to deliver Bookbug too.


This project will let us put on sessions in two areas where nobody is currently delivering them - Scalloway and Whalsay. If the sessions are popular we hope we an train and support more local leaders so they can become established.


We also have huge demand for sessions in Lerwick. Much of it is from parents who are using public transport or trying to juggle the demands of work, childcare and shopping!

Currently we only have monthly Bookbugs in Lerwick. This project will let us trial weekly sessions and also have 'quieter' groups to encouage new parents who might feel nervous about coming along.


Bookbug is not only good for babies, it can really help parents who feel isolated or underconfident about sharing stories and rhyme with children.


The £11,800 we are seeking to run the project will pay for a temporary part time post to plan and deliver all the extra sessions as well as mileage and ferry fares.

Back to Top