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EAGER young readers are looking forward to representing East Dunbartonshire at the Scottish Children’s Book awards.

People involved in East Dunbartonshire Libraries’ Chatterbooks scheme are travelling to Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre for the awards on Thursday, February 23.

Children from across East Dunbartonshire have been voting for their favourite writers and books for the past few months.

Councillor Amanda Stewart, chairperson of the leisure and culture trust, said: “It’s fantastic to see an awards ceremony that puts young readers firmly in the driving seat.

“All the nominations for the Scottish Children’s Book awards shortlist have been made by young readers from across Scotland, such as those who attend monthly Chatterbooks groups in East Dunbartonshire libraries.”

Children from the William Patrick Library troupe will be attending the awards.

Chatterbooks groups are aimed at seven-11-year-olds and meet monthly during term time in libraries throughout East Dunbartonshire.

The Chatterbooks programme includes a wide range of book-related group activities with occasional visits by authors or publishers.

Full details of East Dunbartonshire Libraries’ Chatterbooks Groups are available via www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk.

Chatterbooks meet at:

* Bishopbriggs Library; monthly on a Tuesday at 3.30pm.

* Craighead Library, Milton of Campsie; monthly on a Monday at 3.30pm.

* William Patrick Library, Kirkintilloch; monthly on a Wednesday at 3.30pm.