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Granite City library staff create art from books

Rhonda LeMaster created this Christmas wreath from pages of a book no longer on the shelves of the downtown library in Granite City . “It's an addicting thing,” said Rhonda, youth services assistant.
Rhonda LeMaster created this Christmas wreath from pages of a book no longer on the shelves of the downtown library in Granite City . “It's an addicting thing,” said Rhonda, youth services assistant. mhouston@bnd.com

When is a book not a book? When it becomes a wreath, ornament, hedgehog or reindeer.

Clever staffers at Granite City’s main library (2001 Delmar Ave.) turn pages of books that are no longer usable into decorations.

“Rebecca (Bolling) started it because we do crafts with the kids,” said youth services assistant Rhonda LeMaster. “She searched on the Internet and found the porcupine or hedgehog that holds business cards. The kids enjoyed making them and they weren’t too hard.”

Reindeer involve folded pages, a red pompom nose, pipe cleaner antlers, googly eyes and a yarn mouth.

For the holidays, Rhonda creates wreaths by rolling book pages into cones and attaching them to a circular base. A hot glue gun and stapler are also involved in the process. On a recent afternoon, she attached red poinsettia to the center.

“You could glue small ornaments or a picture frame,” she said. “I use whatever I find at Dollar Tree.”

A Christmas tree about 4 feet tall added holiday charm to the library’s main floor. It is made of stacked books and strung with lights.

“Kari Fischer had seen it done at another library,” said Rhonda. “When we moved and renovated, we kept these old books to make the book tree.”

The fun creations often get comments and questions.

“They catch people’s interest,” said Rhonda. “A lady who does church youth groups was interested in the wreaths. I told her how to find instructions on the Internet. We get a lot of comments on the hedgehogs. It gives visitors ideas for their programs.

“Kids and adults say, ‘I wonder if I could do that.’ Sure, you can.”

Interested in creating your own book art? Check out Internet websites such as www.vintagepaintandmore.com/2013/11/book-page-wreath-tutorial.html for a wreath. YouTube videos and Pinterest sites also show how it is done.

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