Oldham library is inviting families and youngsters to its free bedtime stories event in June in a bid to spark an interest in reading.

The early evening event, scheduled from 5.30 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, is encouraging families and children under five to come along to Oldham library for a cosy bedtime story.

The library will offer toast and milk while a storyteller works to bring stories and soothing songs to life.

Organisers are encouraging Oldham families to attend in their pyjamas and hope that the night will spark an early interest in books for the children.

The Oldham Times: The event at Oldham library is one of 80 across Greater Manchester to celebrate literatureThe event at Oldham library is one of 80 across Greater Manchester to celebrate literature

The event is just one initiative of 80 belonging to Manchester's 'Festival of Libraries' which is taking place throughout June.

The festival boasts a jam-packed schedule of entertainment and workshops across Greater Manchester to celebrate literature.

Ivan Wadeson, a spokesperson for the Festival of Libraries said: "Libraries are wonderful spaces to spark the imagination and to help children get the best start in life.

“And libraries are places to feel safe and comfortable, so what better way to bring this all together than storytime in your pyjamas?

“This is just one of over 80 events across Oldham and the other nine boroughs of Greater Manchester this June."

Oldham Council’s deputy chief executive, Sayyed Osman, said: “We want all our children to be able to read from an early age and activities like this are a great way to help as it’s done in a fun and enjoyable way.

“These events are also a great way of getting into a calming bedtime routine.

“Our library staff are brilliant with young people, so why not sign up and attend?”

Oldham library is situated on Greaves Street and places can be booked for free from the Manchester City of Literature Festival of Libraries event.