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Eyes down as call goes out for book bingo

22 March 2019

Councillor Janet Emsley with library staff. Libraries across the borough are expecting a full house as literature lovers branch out to enjoy a new take on one of the nation’s favourite pastimes.

Book bingo will challenge library users to dip into popular titles and mark their special bingo cards, with the chance of scooping cash prizes.

Timeless calls like ‘garden gate’, key of the door’ and ‘clickety click’ will be temporarily shelved and replaced with varieties like ‘re-read a book you love’, ‘made into a film’ and ‘includes magic’.

Staff at the borough’s 17 libraries are hoping they will be getting plenty of knocks at the door from readers eager to be top of the shop. Players can pick and mix any book from 5 of 25 categories and, after completing a line, can shout ‘house!’ and enter a free regional prize draw with a £200 first prize.

The project is part of the work of Time To Read, a unique partnership of 22 library authorities across the region, working together to promote a love of reading.

"It’s a bit of fun but also gets people of all ages sharing a love of reading and talking about books"

Top of the shop libraries councillor Janet Emsley said: “This is a great call and I will be bookmarking time in my diary to take part. It’s a bit of fun but also gets people of all ages sharing a love of reading and talking about books. It is just the ticket and marks an exciting new chapter for our library services.”

Ian Anstice, strategic lead at Time To Read, said “Although there have been Book Bingos before, they’re really unusual in the UK but are such fun that we want to change all that. This covers such a wide area and it’s hoped that it will get people talking about the books they’ve read as part of it and share their discoveries with others.”

Copies of the bingo sheet and information forms are available in library branches across the borough. More about Book Bingo and all the terms and conditions

The closing date is Monday, 1 July 2019.