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Craft workshop offered at Briggs

Learning another way to re-use that book you no longer want on your shelf at home is the topic of a workshop at the Briggs Lawrence Library-Ironton Branch. This time it is turning the book into a planter.

“This is one of the ways to upcycle an old book,” Lori Shafer, adult services librarian, said. “I got the idea off of Pinterest. It is a really good site to get craft ideas. I am always looking for ideas to recycle books and other library material.”

For this exercise, the pages of the book are glued together, then a hole is cut for the plant.

“It is basically for succulents that don’t need a lot of water,” Shafer said. “It looks like a book on a countertop with a plant.”

All materials will be provided for the workshop, which is free, but registration is required. The workshop will be Tuesday at 2 p.m.

“They can register up to that day,” Shafer said. “I just need to know how many.”

On July 18, Shafer will offer a lecture on cemetery symbolism.

“It is like the genealogy workshop that I do,” she said. “It is a basic history of cemeteries and how the tombstones evolved over the years. Originally they weren’t meant to mark the grave but to keep people from rising up out of it.”

Later the gravestones become more elaborate and were used, as they are today, as a way to locate the grave and memorialize the deceased.

That workshop will be at 6 p.m.