BOOKWORMS in South Tyneside are being encourage to log on and review a crime mystery novel.
The borough’s library service is working on a new digital project to get adults to read books while using social media sites.
Called the Borough Big Read, South Tyneside Library Services has teamed up with publishers Pan Macmillan to get people to review crime writer Ann Cleeves’ latest tome – The Glass Room.
People can use Facebook or Twitter to request a copy and, unlike a normal library book, they won’t have to return it.
Pauline Martin, stock and reader development librarian, said: “The whole point of this exercise is to get the libraries to use social media like Facebook and Twitter.
“Hopefully, in turn, it will attract a new audience of users.
“Pan Macmillan has given us 140 hardback copies of the book to hand to readers and they don’t have to bring them back.
“What we do want them to do is review the book and post their thoughts online.
“If this is a success. we hope to host more events like this in future.”
Ann Cleeves is famed for her Vera Stanhope series, which will be showing for a third series on ITV1 next spring. In her latest novel, the super sleuth’s neighbour goes missing, only Vera ends up discovering a lot more than her absent friend.
Fans of Cleeves’s work can also attend a Murder Mystery Night – The Glass Room, at the Central Library in Prince Georg Square in South Shields, at 6pm on Wednesday.
The event will cost £1, and it will still be fun for those who have already read her book.
Ms Martin said: “Ann’s books are very popular with our users, and we have already had a number of people sign up to the Borough Big Read, but we do have some books left.
“For those who have read the book, they needn’t think it’s pointless for them to attend the murder mystery night. The ending isn’t the same as in the story.”
Follow @STBigRead on Twitter and use the hashtag #STTGR to find out how to obtain a free copy of the book.
To post reviews, visit the ‘South Tyneside Libraries Big Borough Read’ Facebook page.