FAMILIES across central Scotland will have the chance to enjoy a series of activities at a Tillicoultry store.

Sterling Home has partnered up with the Scottish Book Trust to host a series of story, rhyme and song sessions in a bid to instil a passion for reading.

The Bookbug sessions, each lasting 30 minutes, will start on Tuesday, July 4, from 10.30am at the store's Mill Café.

In addition, the store will also host activities in July and August including mobile petting zoos, creative workshops and face painting.

At the same time, the café will run a “kids eat free” promotion on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays where children aged 12 and under can enjoy a hot meal for free.

Lee Johnstone, store manager, said: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Scottish Book Trust and their much-loved Bookbug programme.

“It’s such a special way for parents and carers to bring the magic of storytelling and joy of reading to their children."

“We understand the challenges parents face during the summer holidays and we are dedicated to supporting them by providing meaningful activities for their children.

“Through our partnership with Scottish Book Trust, we are proud to offer the Bookbug sessions as a solution to entertain and educate children, while fostering family togetherness.”

Spaces are limited and families are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment, however, there will be a few spaces for walk-ins on the day of each session.

Marc Lambert, CEO of the Scottish Book Trust, said: “Bookbug sessions are a fun way for families to bond, sing and play together, as well as meet other families in their area.

“Sharing songs and rhymes helps to develop children’s language and social skills, and you can always expect a warm welcome, and lots of fun, at your local Bookbug session.”

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