Everyone loves a mystery at Christmas time. But would you choose a book without being able to see the cover? That is the fun of our "mystery books" promotion.
Senior pupil Talia chose books from the library shelves, read and reviewed them and then wrapped them up in plain paper. She supplied a "clue", written on the outside of each book.
On the strength of this, students borrow a book "blind" and unwrap with friends. We encourage them to give their mystery book a go, even if it is different to what they usually read.
They read and rate the book, returning the customised bookmark to be entered in a prize draw for a £10 book token, and other small literary prizes.
The rating scale is "0 – 5 gold rings". We find most people are pleasantly surprised by their mystery choice. It helps us to keep an open mind about what books we might enjoy.
We had fun today – a great way to celebrate the 89th birthday of the Ashworth Library, which was opened on 13 December 1930!
Happy holiday reading!