The art of book re-cycling!

book sculptures
An example of previous efforts!

Library members of all ages are being encouraged by Bath & North East Somerset Council to get creative and turn old books into works of art.

Every year, the Council’s library service has books that have reached the end of their life, either through usage or because an updated version has become available. Most find new homes via book sales with the proceeds invested back into the service, but a small number of these withdrawn books are being used as part of a competition designed to bring out people’s creative ideas.

book sculptures
Another book sculpture idea!

The competition will launch on Tuesday May 27, with a Recycled Book Clinic at Bath Central Library. People are invited to drop in between 10.30am and 1pm to get some hints and tips on the art of book recycling and paper crafts from Bath craft emporium The Makery.

book sculptures
It’s amazing what you can do!

You can take part in this competition by visiting any of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s libraries from May 27, choosing an ex-library book and picking up an entry form. You have until August 30 to remake the book into anything you like. Winners’ prizes are being supplied by The Makery.

Julia Burton, Library Service Development Manager: “This is a great opportunity for everyone, young or old, to get creative. Last year we received over 100 entries for the competition including a great selection from local community groups. This year we would like to receive even more from groups, families and individuals of any age.

“We also hope it will encourage more people to visit Bath & North East Somerset Council’s libraries and discover the great range of resources available to borrow including books for all ages, Music CDs, Spoken Word Books, DVDs and an increasingly broad choice of eBooks and other e-resources now downloadable free via the libraries website http://www.librarieswest.org.uk.”

To take part you must be a member of Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Libraries and you have to use ex-library books supplied by the Council’s Library Service. Apart from that you are free to remake your book in any way.

More information and full terms and conditions are available at: http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/libraries.

MEANWHILE….Paper craft artist Jessica Palmer is running a family workshop at the American Museum on 27 May where participants will transform old books into secret treasure boxes!”