HEREFORDSHIRE will be marking World Book Day with a variety of celebrations next week.

The annual event takes place on Thursday March 6 and is aimed at helping children to explore the pleasure of books and reading.

All school children are entitled to a £1 World Book Day token to spend on the special World Book Day £1 books.

The tokens can also be spent on other books of their own choice at participating bookshops and Herefordshire libraries will also be giving out book tokens.

A celebration of books and stories will be taking place at Hereford library on Saturday March 8, with Bookstart Bear to make a guest appearance at 11am and at 2pm.

Stories will be read throughout the day by library staff.

Julie Goodwin, early years officer for Herefordshire libraries, said: “We can’t wait to get budding readers buzzing about World Book Day. Children who use libraries are twice as likely to be above average readers.

"Our event is a fun way to get local children’s imaginations fired up and encourage them to become avid readers.”

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