IT was playtime for children in libraries across Inverclyde as a national charity came to town.

Parenting charity PlayTalkRead was out in force from Kilmacolm to Inverkip with sessions running throughout the district.

A fun time was had by all on the floor with lots of songs, story time and lots of fun games.

At South West Library in Greenock the play sessions, delivered by the SmartPlay, network proved a big hit.

Play leader Mary Ann Cunningham said: "It is great to come to Inverclyde, everyone has been so welcoming.

"We have had a fantastic time with all the families.

"We are hoping to give new ideas about play, using things that you have lying about the house."

Mum Emma Donnelly, who works in a local secondary school, was delighted to bring her three-year-old Julien along.

She said: "It is brilliant to have something like this in the library, Julien had a great time.

"I think our libraries are fantastic with lots on, we love coming here."

There were also fully booked sessions in Port Glasgow Library.

PlayTalkRead is part of a wider range of support provided for parents and families through the Scottish Government's Parent Club.

It is aimed at promoting positive parenting in order to give children the best start in life.

Smart Play Network runs drop in sessions for play, story time, singing and messy play and targeted and sensory block bookings.

All activities are fun, simple and easy to replicate at home, encouraging parents and children to enjoy spending quality time together.