From Stirling Council.

Families will have the opportunity to enjoy a fun and diverse programme of events and activities as a popular children’s book festival returns to Stirling next week.

Organised by Stirling Council’s Libraries Service, ‘smallprint’ is a three-day celebration of children’s literature day that gets underway on World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March.

Visits to schools from some top children’s authors, a hands-on digital event, fun-filled creative workshops, pre-recorded virtual stories and Bookbug live sessions all feature in this year’s exciting programme.

The festival was entirely online last year due to the pandemic but the easing of restrictions means a welcome return to some in-person events alongside the digital offerings.

The in-person events include a digital takeover at Bannockburn Library with fun drop-in activities including Lego animation, VR art, 3D printing and gadget making, along with a visit from children’s author Jo Hall to St Ninians Library, who will share the ‘idea sets’ she created for her character JoJo Gnome.

Among the digital activities is an online workshop with Stirling’s award-winning Makar Laura Fyfe, who will encourage children to find their poem in the same way she does: from the sparkly glimmers of inspiration we have around us all the time.

Each day will end with a bedtime story at 7pm on Facebook.

Author visits to schools are for an invited audience only. Others are bookable under the ‘What’s On’ section of www.YourStirling.com and all are free of charge.