St James P1 Renfrew class 1

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a busy week of exciting events, it’s clear that Book Week Scotland was a big success in Renfrewshire.

A visit from Alex McCall at Johnstone Library prompted a big turn out and lucky members of the Johnstone Library Book Group got signed copies of Alex’s hit book ‘Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens’.

St James P1 Renfrew class 1

Primary 1 pupils were delighted with their new Bookbug family pack, supplied by their local library and Scottish Book Trust. The special three book package was given out to youngsters to encourage them to keep up the habit of reading, and went down well as kids discovered books, activity packs and colouring pencils in their pack.

And the lucky people who had a ticket to Doug Allan’s sold out event were treated to an inspiring presentation of his stunning wildlife photography as well as the chance to discuss his new book.

Kirklandneuk P1 at Renfrew Library

Councillor Stuart Clark, Depute Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board, said: “It was great to see so many different events taking place in Renfrewshire for Book Week Scotland.

“Libraries are a valuable community resource for learning and development so it’s important to encourage people to visit them regularly.

“We hope that Book Week Scotland has shown that libraries have lots to offer- whether it’s borrowing a book, going along to a reading group or even getting help to find a job.

“It’s also been great to see so many young people enjoying the events too, getting to meet their favourite author or enjoying their new Bookbug pack. We hope the events have helped to encourage people to pick up a book and get reading.”

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Shari Low

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Glasgow author Shari Low has written a love letter to the library of her childhood, Renfrew Library, as part of Book Week Scotland.

In her heartwarming and funny ode to the library, Shari praises the peace and quiet the library offered as well as the vast range of books she could borrow, describing how “At five years old, I was in awe of the surroundings. The quiet. The calm. The rows and rows of books filled with wonderful pictures and words I couldn’t yet read.”

Shari Low

The letter follows her changing tastes in books as she grows up. Shari says that as a child “Entire summers were spent drinking lashings of lemonade with the Famous Five and the Secret Seven, kids who today might spend their time sitting inside playing an Xbox rather than searching for a kidnappers, thieves and smugglers.”

As well as crediting the library for inspiring her to become a writer, Shari also emphasises the many other benefits a library can provide, saying “Libraries are no longer just temples to the written word. Now, they have IT facilities, mother’s groups, children’s reading sessions and author events.

“They are the hub of the community. Their importance cannot be underestimated – because even in a society where everything is available at the click of a mouse, a library is more than just a building – it’s the entry point to tens of thousands of other worlds just waiting to be explored.”

Shari’s letter is a great example of the ways libraries can influence people throughout their lives. Residents who feel inspired by Shari’s letter and want to thank their local library for providing inspiration or a quiet place to escape can write their own love letter.

Book Week Scotland’s letter template can be downloaded from Residents can also pen their letter and send it straight to their local library.

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