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Join us online for special online Pyjamarama storytime!

Many of our libraries will be sharing a fun-filled festival of online storytelling for children and families on Friday (1 May) as part of Booktrust’s Pyjamarama event.

Pyjamarama is an annual event run by the charity Booktrust to celebrate the bedtime story. This year the event is being run online and Booktrust have kindly sent copies of the children’s book ‘My Pet Star’ by Corrinne Averiss to several Suffolk Libraries staff to read to their online audience via Facebook.

Many staff will be reading the book in their pyjamas throughout the day. The storytelling events will be shared via the libraries’ Facebook pages along with other star-themed activities. Additional copies of the book will be sent to libraries to give away to parents once they reopen.

James Powell, Marketing and Communications Manager at Suffolk Libraries, said:

“Like many events at the moment, this year’s Pyjamarama is taking place online. Many of our library staff were very quick in volunteering to get involved and read the story online. Our staff have already embraced this new way of working, sharing hundreds of online activities, including storytelling, crafts, puppet shows and many other activities which have been enjoyed many thousands of times across the county. We hope many families will join in with Friday’s Pyjamarama event and enjoy hearing the story together at home.”

Many of the My Pet Star readings will take place during the regular storytime sessions for children which are now being run online.

The full list of libraries sharing a reading of the book is as follows. These will all be shared on the library Facebook pages on Friday 1 May. Many library staff will be wearing their pyjamas when reading the book and anyone watching is encouraged to do the same!

Clare Library – Friday at 9am.

Newmarket Library will be reading the book as part of their live Tot Rock session on Friday at 10am.

Great Cornard Library will be reading the book live at 7pm.

Ipswich County Library will be sharing the story at 10.30am on Friday.

Debenham Library will be posting a reading on their page on Friday afternoon as part of their regular Bookspots sessions.

Framlingham Library will be reading the story as part of their live Wordplay sessions from 9am to 9.30 am on Friday.

A reading of the book will be posted on the Leiston, Saxmundham and Aldeburgh Library Facebook pages on Friday afternoon.

Felixstowe Library will be reading the book live on Friday morning at 9.30am. The session will also involve bedtime songs and a pyjamarama themed craft session.

Stowmarket Library will be sharing a reading of the book at 11am on Friday.

Stoke Library will be sharing a reading at 1pm with Debbie reading the book in her pyjamas.

Gainsborough Community Library will be reading the story at 10am and running a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star challenge. At 12pm you can find out how to make star-shaped cookies and at 2pm the library will share a video showing how you can make a star and moon mobile. At 4pm there will be an upcycling craft video of how you can become a star using items from around the home.

Rosehill Library will be sharing the story at 10am with a look at the special star crafts you can make. Chantry Library will also be sharing the story shortly afterwards.

Hadleigh Library will be sharing a reading of the book at 10am.

Lavenham Library will be sharing a reading at 4.30pm on Friday and sharing other Booktrust activities throughout the day.

Brandon and Lakenheath will also be sharing a reading of 'My Pet Star' at 11am.

Glemsford Library are sharing a live storytime including pyjamas at 3pm. The library is also posting other pyjamarama activities on their page all week.

Haverhill Library will be sharing their storytelling at 10am in pyjamas with a craft at 11am and a singing session at 12pm.

Long Melford Library will be sharing the story at 6.30pm.

Southwold Library the library manager will be sharing a live storytelling at 11.30am in her pyjamas as well as the usual Wordplay Baby Bounce and Tot Rock activities.

Lowestoft Library will be holding a special Pyjamarama storytime at 11.30am.

Bungay Library will also be sharing videos on their page during the day.