As the much-anticipated World Book Day 2024 approaches on Thursday 7 March, Bradford Libraries are gearing up for an extraordinary celebration, complete with special story times and engaging craft activities.

Aligning with the charity’s noble mission to foster a love for reading among children and provide access to books for all, Bradford Libraries are set to offer an array of activities. Special story times, craft sessions, class visits, and the distribution of free World Book Day books and £1 book tokens will be highlights across all library branches.

Commencing the festivities, Manningham Library is set to kick off celebrations with a story time and a craft session to design your own book cover on Monday 4 March at 4 pm. Subsequently, Shipley will host an under 5s story time on Tuesday 5 March at 2 pm, while Silsden promises a story time inspired by the late Benjamin Zephaniah’s story poem, followed by springtime crafts on Wednesday 6 March (booking recommended).

On the main event day, Thursday 7 March, various libraries have planned exciting activities:

  • City Library will welcome a class visit from Crossley Hall Primary.
  • Manningham Library will be decorating bookmarks throughout the day (10 am-5 pm).
  • Heaton Hub presents a special puppet show story time based on “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” at 11:30 am and will also launch the Rhyme Challenge.
  • Ilkley Library will feature a World Book Day Special Storytime at 10 am, along with ongoing activities such as a quiz, coloring, and a treasure hunt.
  • Menston Library will host an “Elmer the Elephant” rhyme time at 10:30 am, continuing with a dinosaur story time at 3:30 pm where participants can create their own origami dinosaur.
  • Clayton Library will read “Elmer Again” during their story time, accompanied by an elephant-themed craft.
  • Keighley invites visitors to draw or write about their favorite books or characters from 3 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • Bingley will organize a World Book Day Rhyme Time and Craft for under 5s at 2:45-3:15 pm, followed by a World Book Day After School Club (5-11 years) at 3:30-5:00 pm, featuring themed crafts and board games.
  • Wibsey will design bookmarks and book jackets from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm (5-9 years).
  • Burley Library will host activities celebrating World Book Day at 2 pm for under 5s and at 3:30 pm for 5-11s.

On Friday 8 March at 10:30 am, Wyke Library will host a story time with a World Book Day theme, accompanied by seven class visits throughout the week.

Allerton Library at Café West has a bustling week planned with activities and events centered around “Where’s Wally?,” “The Gruffalo’s 25th Birthday,” and “Elmer and the Magic Biscuit.” The library is also set to welcome seven class visits.

Manningham will conclude the celebrations with World Book Day-themed coloring on Saturday 9 March from 10 am to 12 pm.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “World Book Day is a great opportunity to encourage children to read more be it at school or at home and a day where children can celebrate and take part by dressing up as their favourite character. All of our libraries will have stocks of free World Book Day books to give away and £1 book tokens too.”