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Altered Books- RESCHEDULED

When Mar 17, 2012
from 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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What? Write and paint in a book?  Cut and tear out pages and whole sections even?

Normally such actions would be considered defacing valuable property at the very least, and to some, even a sacrilege, but on Saturday, March 17, such judgments will be waived in favor of expressing creativity at Decorah Public Library.

“Exploring Altered Books” a program scheduled for 2-3:30 pm in the library’s public meeting room is designed to provide anyone with a love of books and creative expression an overview of the range of approaches and techniques for altering books.  Painting, collage, use of multimedia and found objects, calligraphy, photo transfers, sculptural and 3-dimensional additions are some of the ways that adventurous souls have embellished cast off books or given them entirely new identities.  A slideshow tour of finished pieces and some works in progress from local artists, as well brief opportunities for some hands on experimenting will be featured.

“Our purpose in offering this,” says Heidi Swets, coordinator of the event, “is to inspire people to begin to play with a book altering project at home so that eventually we can have a display of this very fun form of expression here.  The Marshalltown library had a similar event and exhibit and their success really motivated us to do this.  We are hoping individuals and even families might consider working on a book.  We will also be adding a few ‘round robin’ altered books in our collection so that they can be checked out, altered (either anonymously or not) and returned so that others can continue the process.  The work of each person, over time then, becomes a kind of conversation about the book.” 

A supply of discarded books headed for recycling will be available for people to choose from and take home for an altering project.  The program is free of charge and requires no preregistration. For more information, contact Heidi Swets at Decorah Public Library, 382-3717 or


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