PARENTS and students have been taking a leaf out of a librarian’s book after helping her turn textbooks into tinsel.

Family members and carers joined Year 7 students from St John’s School and Sixth Form College, in Bishop Auckland,  for an afternoon of craft-making for the festive period.

After years of telling students not to fold over the corners of pages, learning resource centre manager Linzi Heads showed them how to bend books in order to make Christmas tree and angel table decorations.

“I can’t stand throwing anything away but can’t use the books anymore because they don’t match the syllabus,” said Linzi.

“I’ve always loved crafts – sewing, knitting and card making – so thought it would be a nice thing to do with students and families.”

Mum Melanie Anderson joined her family Hannah and Laura and Lily Atkinson at the event. “I think it’s a great way to recycle and we have really enjoyed coming into school,” she said.

Mum Leanne Harris joined her daughter Nicole. She said: “It is so nice being offered the opportunity to come in and using the old textbooks this way is a great idea for Christmas.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the crafting afternoons or the school’s Community Cafe, should contact Linzi.