Art from books …

Donna Capellen, head librarian of the Lovell Library, has come up with an exciting idea. It was inspired by the number of old books that are dropped off at the library to be either sold again or discarded. Rather than allow that, she reasoned, why not “transform” them into something else?

Sample book art

Sample book art

This project is intended for all area youth from kindergarten through 12th Grade who attend home schools, Lovell schools or Rocky Mountain schools.

Ms. Capellen found a book with instructions for making a lamp out of old books. She took a number of old Reader’s Digest condensed books and turned them into lamps, which are currently being used on the reading tables in the library. Next, a local girl from a home school turned an old book into a mobile, which is also on display at the library. Thus the idea was born to invite all area youth to turn other old books into works of art.

The idea is not new. There are web sites and books already written on the topic. A person can simply go to Google and type in “book art” and be amazed at what some people have already created.

The contest will begin on April 1 and completed entries should be turned in to the library by April 27. Prizes sponsored by the local library board will be awarded in the following age categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. A first prize of $75, second prize of $50 and third prize of $25 will be given in each of the four categories.

The contest rules require that each project must be completed out of books, book covers, book pages or any part of a book. The size of the project must not be larger than the library can display. Up to three or fewer books may be used. The cost is up to the individual contestant. Everyday tools and supplies are permitted for decorating, carving, shaping and support of the books. The project must be crafted by the contestant only.

Contestants can pick up books to use for their projects at the Lovell Library. Some may also be delivered to schools. A resource book of ideas will be delivered to each school, or participants are invited to come to the library to look at a couple more.

All entries must be delivered to the Lovell Branch Library no later than April 27. Judging will take place on April 30. Entries will be on display at the library through May 11.

By Phyllis Bronkema

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