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Teach an old book new tricks

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Books are not going away. Yes, we are reading electronically these days, however the need to feel and experience the touch of a book is stronger than ever. College art students are showing their reference and respect for old books. They understand the power it brings through the generations. Perhaps it is the look of the cover, the title, the story or the history of ownership. Old unread books from used bookstores are finding a new life. Out of the dusty shelves where they have lived after being donated from a family home, garage sale or other location. These books are often no longer read and yet have a new life. I found an old book at the Bookplace, the Friends of the Marin County Free libraries used bookstore in Novato at 1608 Grant Avenue. The store is open 7 days a week and run by over 100 volunteers with all the proceeds given back to the library for various programs. The store receives thousands of used books donated every month. Patrons love to visit the store and find new reading, research materials or as in my case old books for art projects.

 

The Repurposed Library is a new book by Lisa Occhipinti. Lisa offers a wide range of art projects lovingly using old books. I created one of her projects, the Bookmobile, which is the cover of her book. Our dear bookmobile driver, Terry Jones, was awarded the employee of the year for Marin County and we celebrated this honor with a reception. The new creation from an orphan book has found a new home with Terry

 

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