Altered books offer creative outlet

Published 9:59 am Thursday, January 15, 2009

IRONTON — Altered books, for those who have never heard the term, means taking any book old or new and transforming it into a work of art.

The Briggs Lawrence County Public Library will be having four classes on this newest scrapbooking and art inspired craft.

On every Saturday in January, a class will be held at the Ironton Branch from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Feb. 7, a class will be held at the South Point Branch from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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People around the world are using altered books to express themselves. The books can be rebound, painted, folded, added to, collaged in, cut, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, or decorated in any other way. The resulting book can be used to honor a loved one, showcase recipes, or as a remembrance of a special occasion.

“The choices are endless,” says Lori Shafer, adult services librarian. “Participants can bring their own book or the library will provide one that has been weeded from the collection or donated and is slated for sale.” Of course, Shafer states the library does not encourage damaging books.

However, the altered book is a way to repurpose a book and make it useful again rather than seeing it destroyed.

If anyone is interested in the altered book program, they are encouraged to contact the Ironton Branch at 740-532-1124 or the South Point Branch at 740-377-2288 to register.

For more information, please contact Lori Shafer at 740-532-1124 for further information.