Count down to Christmas with St Helens Libraries’ literary advent calendar

With Christmas just a few weeks away and families ready to begin the countdown St Helens Libraries are offering residents an advent calendar with a difference on social media.

There are no chocolates here – let’s face it, there’s already enough chocolate to go round at Christmas. Instead, there are 24 days of fantastic book recommendations behind each door in the run up to Christmas, all available to borrow through local libraries and their digital eBook, eAudioBook and BorrowBox services.

Beginning on Sunday 1 December on St Helens Council’s Facebook page and the Library Service’s Twitter channel and Instagram page, residents will find a series of good read suggestions, from fiction to autobiographies and books for children.

Follow the advent calendar on Facebook at, on Twitter at, or on the Library Service’s Instagram page Look out for the hashtag #STHLibsAdvent.

You can reserve your copy of the book recommendations online by visiting and collect from your nearest library or download the BorrowBox app to get books direct to your mobile device.

And one lucky person will win a bumper bundle of books to kick-start 2020.

With each book reveal on the advent calendar, an alphabet letter will be revealed. Collect all 24 letters and unscramble them to find a well-known Christmas song.

Email your answer along with your name, address and library card number to by midnight on Sunday 12 January 2020 to be entered into the book bundle prize draw.

Don’t worry if you’re not a member of St Helens Library Service, just call in to your nearest library with a piece of ID showing your name and address to join for free.


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