You say potatoe, I say potato.
Library book sales (and their descendants, such as Better World Books) are a great institution, but they’re not the only thing libraries can do—or help their patrons do—with obsolete titles besides the dumpster. Here are five creative reuses from real libraries.
- Turning them into New Books
- Turning them into Art
In Bath, England, the library found a new use for weeded books that don’t sell. Patrons collect a book and turn it into an art contest entrywith the help, if they like, of a series of library workshops. The resulting art projects are exhibited at the central library and online and the public votes for their favorites; the winner in each category receives a free ereader.
- Fixing Them
For 40 years, Georgia’s Hall County Library System has partnered with the National Library Bindery to restore old books and Biblesbelonging to library patrons. Repairs take about two months, and patrons are charged for the service.
- Turning Them Into Furniture
An oldie but a goodie: a reference desk made of books in a Dutch library.
- Turning Them into Fundraisers
Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s used bookstore, upcycles old books and media into crafts and sells the results.
I can usually tell which books need weeding by their gorgeous 1960s covers.
Love these beautiful lungs.
Highlights from our “Love in the Stacks” open house yesterday. Dance cards from the University Archives, valentines from the Iowa Women’s Archives, Chansons cordiforme from the Rita Benson Music Library, and comics from the Jen Wolfe Collection in Special Collections.
Belated but still so lovely, Valentines from the University of Iowa special collections.
Hey Crafty Cupids!!!
Don’t forget — you can make your very own vintage Valentine this afternoon at the library! We have oodles of materials and candy and it’s all free! How can you resist?
We can’t wait to see you this afternoon from 2-4 on Q-Level of the Eisenhower Library!