Amazing Book Art

Posted: 12/09/2011 by judgeduke1912 in Books, Events, Thoughts

We’re always looking at three things here in the library : (1) new events to bring teens together to do fun things, (2) new ways to look at our book collection, and (3) new “Hey Girl” photos of Ryan Gosling loving the library.

And guess what? We just found something that actually combines 2 out of 3 of these magical ideas. No, it’s not Ryan Gosling roaming the stacks telling us what books to order, silly. Stop judging my dreams.

So what is it? It’s book “upcycling”! Like it or not, the library runs out of space and needs to either sell ($2 for hardbacks) or straight up recycle (nicer than saying “throw away”) quite a few books throughout the year. Perhaps we can have a night where everyone would grab one our our books fated for book heaven and transform it into something amazing.

Do you think the public would be receptive to this idea, or would there be outrage that the library would allow this to happen to its own books? What do you think?

In case you’re interested, here are some books we could use as inspiration (to read, not to turn into a fancy mobile). I wonder why our library doesn’t carry these books. Hmmm…

The Repurposed Library
by Lisa Occhipinti

Playing with Books
by Jason Thompson

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Comments
  1. I think this is a great idea. Another good example is here: http://thisiscentralstation.com/featured/mysterious-paper-sculptures/ although this is a bit ambitious! If this comes to happen, please consider doing it at multiple sites. I’m in Lusby and sometimes it’s just too far to go all the way to the northern branches for activities. Thanks!

  2. Oh yeah, I remember reading about that guy. He was probably doing those projects as a set of “thank you” gifts for his own library, but he gave something special to all libraries across the world, too – the reminder to everyone that libraries can be pretty awesome. 🙂

    And yeah, we’ll definitely have some great upcoming activities for the Southern Branch. Once we move into the old Woodburns building in 2012, we’ll have the space for so much cool stuff!

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