26 February 2020
Take more than 360 competitive schoolchildren add six rounds of questions and an internationally renowned children’s author as quizmaster and what do you get? The roof-raising 2020 final of ONFife Libraries’ annual Big Book Brain Quiz!
In all, P6 teams from 121 primary schools from across Fife gathered in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, on Tuesday to test their knowledge of all things bookish – from rounds such as Page to Popcorn on books that had been made into films to the World of Walliams on the works of David Walliams.
It was a noisy, excitement-filled day but winning through to take the top spot was the three-strong team of Kit Holme, Jamie McDonald and Euan Fleming from Lawhead Primary School in St Andrews.
It was the 13th year of the popular Big Book Brain Quiz, with the final the culmination of many months of work between ONFife Libraries’ Young People Services team and the schools. The team hand-pick book selections for the P6 classes, visit to get their enthusiasm fired up for the books and then hold heats in schools to help select their teams for the final.
In turn the teams taking part were flying the flag for more than 3,500 children across Fife who read their way through more than 19,000 books, a fantastic achievement.
“It’s always a tremendous occasion and this year was no different,” said Maggie Gray, Young People Service Development team leader.
“The build-up to the final allows us to introduce great books to the classes and interact and enthuse children at an age when they can read and turn them into children who want to read.”
Once again the quiz was compered with great gusto and enthusiasm by children’s author, actor and comedian Jonathan Meres, who was delighted to be able to able to take on the annual role just a day before flying to Nigeria for a World Book Day tour.
For the first time, the quiz was livestreamed through Vscene and 30 classrooms followed the action remotely.
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