Recycled Book Art

A distance learning librarian friend of mine  has been doing some creative and beautiful book art or altered books and she is allowing me to share some photos of her work!  (check out my recent post about Re:book for more ideas) She started using old book covers as the basic substrate and created these mixed media collages:


Includes background pages from a math book, a library card pocket w the tag with the little girl with a thesaurus background


another with a math page background and library card pocket to place the tag with the drawing of the Japanese woman


a pop up style with a window opening and book pages and micro

Special thanks to Tina Sibley for allowing me to share her photos and her amazing recycled book art! 

another bike library!

You can tell I like bikes –  and get excited hearing about another bike library that launched this summer in Denver, CO.  Their  bike library called DPL Connect has WiFI and books.  The biking librarian can help users with research, digital downloads, reading suggestions, or sign them up for a library card.  For now they are giving away books but hope to be a full lending bike library soon.  Check out the schedule  – and if you are viewing this today September 20,  the DPL Connect bike will be  at  Bike-in Movie series at Civic Center Park from 6:30 – 8:30 pm today!  This project stemmed from the Library’s out-of-the box idea contest  –   winners were staff members Zac Laugheed and Jen Morris.  The bike was designed in partnership with a local custom bike builder Joe Crennen of   Pedal Positive

AASHE Conference & Awards Finalists


The AASHE Conference & Expo is coming up in October 6-9, in Nashville, TN. There are a couple librarians presenting at the conference: (9/20/13 update) Bonnie Smith will be presenting instead for this session  Dr Maria Jankowska on Librarians as Partners and  Madeleine Charney on The Library and You: sharing our vision,

Check out some of the AASHE 2013 Finalist for the Campus Sustainability Case Study Award, Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and Student Research on Campus , which will be awarded at the conference.

Can’t attend? Follow the conference on twitter or  facebook !



Check out the current issue of C & RL News for a fabulous feature article “Constructive destruction: Examining the life cycle of texts through RE:BOOK” by Tagge and Booth. I saw a peek of this cool recycle and create project during a session at ACRL last spring but I was thrilled to hear more in this article.  I am all about recycling books into art and offering creative opportunities for students.  Through this project also surfaced the question of “when does a book outlive its intended use and what legitimately happens next?”  it is an opportunity to educate users as well as do something creative, model sustainable/reuse behaviors. I have discussed altered book & creative upcycling  before (here and here and here) if you are looking for other examples too. (also really like this idea of book jackets into gift bags!)