Mike Stilkey and What to Do With Discarded Books

Discarding old books, no matter how objectionable they might be (is a book ever completely objectionable?), always tears at my heart-strings. Someone worked for months, maybe even years to write it, someone poured their soul into the illustrations and others possibly thought long and hard about the typeface, the layout and all the other decisions that go into publishing a book. Granted, in the end, it came off of an automated assembly line with probably hundreds of identical copies but, how ever unlikely, what if it happens to be the very last copy in existence?

Then there’s the recycling issue of course: how many trees died to make a run of books? Isn’t there some way it could be reused?

Good news: there is something else you can do with them – many things, as I’ve discovered since I started following some library-related blogs. I’ve posted before on some fantastic book sculpture and now I’ve created a new category called ‘What to Do With Discarded Books’. I’m going to watch for all the creative options. I’m inspired and hope to inspire some student art for installation in my ‘new’ library this year.

The work on this page is from Mike Stilkey and I saw it at Libraryland. Check out Stilkey’s webpage for his book art installations & sculpture.


Filed under Art & Design, What to Do With Discarded Books

4 responses to “Mike Stilkey and What to Do With Discarded Books

  1. Hi Cindy! such lovely and interesting post! I am used to the teachers’ complaints about students ‘r refusal or”passive” acceptance of libraries. Stilkey approach and your “what to do with deiscarded books”category may be one of the solutions…hopefully! Thanks, Ornella from Padua-Italy

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  3. Thank you Ornella. I have a trolly in the hall loaded with discarded books for staff and students to take for free and many do go home this way. There are always many left over though and I think making something from them could be a really fun project as well as a great way to reuse the unwanted books.

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