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Got #BookFace? Let these London, Ont. librarians inspire you

It turns out you can judge a book by its cover. Defying the age-old idiom, librarians in London Ont. are exploring their collection of easy-to-match covers to perfect their #BookFace, lightening the mood among staff after a heavy year. 

How's your Book Face? Take a stab at this social media literary trend

London librarian Lana Winchester-Tucker (left) and other staff at the Cherryhill Branch have been working on their #BookFace. With a creative eye for covers and the right alignment, you, too, can pull off the trend. (London Public Library)

It turns out you can judge a book by its cover! Librarians in London, Ont. are exploring their collection of easy-to-match covers to perfect their #BookFace, in an attempt to lighten the mood after a heavy year. 

Librarian Lana Winchester-Tucker introduced the concept of bookface to her branch late last year and it's since taken off on the library's social media channels helping to boost an international mini trend. 

"With everything COVID, I just had the idea to lighten our days a little bit," said Winchester-Tucker. She also thought it would help promote the library's collection and help get people reading. 

Bookface is an activity that uses books with fun and expressive covers to create art, with a person matching up a body part or a feature with an image on a book cover.

Staff get creative using partial faces on the covers of their favourite reads. (London Public Library)

It's the literary take on Sleeve Face, which matched record albums to people's faces.The web is awash with creative bookface photos from passionate readers around the world. Even animals make the cut. 

But finding a book that matches up to a staff member's face or their personality is tougher than it looks, said Winchester-Tucker. 

At her branch, she said it took weeks to find the right books. The London Public Library has a collection of 600,000 print items so the selection is much better than a home library. 

"It's pretty popular I would say, but for us it was really just stress-relief," said Winchester-Tucker. "It's something I wanted to do for my staff." 

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