If you have a stack of old books that are falling apart and you don’t know what to do with them, are good with arts and crafts, and have some time on your hands, consider participating in the Recycled Book Contest during National Library Week at the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15 (5:30pm-8pm). Everyone gets a prize, just for participating.
Here are some ideas to inspire you:
And here’s a link where you can get instructions on how to make one yourself.
Here are instructions on how to make book beads.
Here are instructions on how to make your own popup book.
Recycled Book Lamp
Instructions on how to make one yourself.
There are all kinds of wreaths you can make with old books. Here’s one set of instructions, and here’s another.
There are many more ideas to explore…so happy crafting!
For more information about the National Library Week festivities that will take place at Harper College Library, and to learn more about the Recycled Book Contest (and to download an entry form), check out our National Library Week guide.
National Library Week, which takes place from April 11-17, is a weeklong celebration that recognizes contributions that libraries and librarians make to society and raises awareness of libraries within their communities. Harper College Library will be taking part in the festivities in several ways:
Harper College Library Book Sale
Come browse through the thousands of books that will be on sale during the Harper College Library Book Sale. Books will be $1 each or $5 for 6. There will be a special sale during Library After Dark (Thursday, April 15 from 5:30-8pm) when books will be sold by the pound for very, very cheap. (Did I mention that they’ll be cheap?).
Dates and Times:
Tuesday, April 13th from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday, April 14th from 10:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday, April 15th from 10:00am to 8:00pm
Photo credit: Mike Baehr
Recycled, Re-imagined, Reused Book Contest
Create something new and fun out of something old. Turn your old books into a unique handcrafted item. And get prizes while you’re at it!
Harper College students, employees, and community members are invited to submit entries for the Recycled Book Contest, which will take place during the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15 (entries are due in the library between 5pm to 6pm that day).
1. Use an old book that is ready for recycling (circulating library books are not to be used or harmed for this contest).
2. Use any creative technique to create your work of art.
3. Deliver and set up your entry on Thursday, April 15 between 5 and 6 pm.
4. Open voting will take place between 6pm and 7:30pm on April 15.
5. Winners will be announced between 7:30pm and 8pm.
6. Award winners receive the following:
- First place: Library gift bag filled with goodies: 4 movie tickets, library tee-shirt, 2G flash drive, book light
- Second place: Library tee-shirt, book light, and 2G flash drive
- All entrants will receive a participation prize.
Go to the National Library Week research guide to download an entry form, which is due no later than 10pm on April 13. Entries will be judged by popular vote during the Library After Dark Open House.
Photo credit: Günther
Photo credit: Rebecca Nichols
Photo credit: Becky Striepe
Art Mural Contest
We are now accepting entries for our blank wall down at the Checkout Desk. The mural panels are 20″ X 24.” The theme is Your Favorite Reading Material. All entries will be voted on during the Library After Dark Open House (Thursday, April 15th, from 5:30pm-8pm). Winners will be notified within a week of judging and all mural panels are to be completed by the end of the Spring Semester. Ask a library staff member for an entry form or download it from the National Library Week research guide.
Library After Dark Open House
APRIL 15, 2010 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Harper College Library
Library After Dark will be a great chance to get to learn more about your library and your library staff. Here are all of the activities that are scheduled:
- Create your own READ poster
- Share a favorite memory about libraries/books in the video booth that we’ll set up
- Vote for your favorite Recycled Book Contest entry
- Vote for your pick for the Library’s Art Mural Contest
- Leave your mark in the library with a book review that we’ll hang on the Tree of Knowledge
- Enter the READ poster scavenger hunt contest
- Participate in the hidden recycled origami crane contest
- Enjoy refreshments
FUN! FOOD! PRIZES!!!
Come join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (1809-1865) at the William Rainey Harper College Library (second floor) on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at noon. There will be a Readers’ Theater evoking the spirit and legacy of the sixteenth President of the United States, presented by the Harper College Library and the Harper College Speech Team.
Refreshments will be served (including Lincoln cookies!). Also, test your knowledge of Lincoln by competing in the trivia contest (and the chance to win some amazing prizes). To help you prepare for the contest, check out our Research Guide on Lincoln.
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Edible Book Contest! Fifteen creative, innovative, and imaginative entries!
Congrats to each participant:
- The Little Engine that Could–submitted by Marie Eibl
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest–submitted by Carole Gallo
- The Tell-Tale Heart–submitted by Melissa Tiltges and Phil Kane
- Tao Te Ching–submitted by Jeffrey James
- The Monster Book of Monsters–submitted by Jeff McDonald
- Atlas Shrugged–submitted by Alyssa Coonen
- The Ballad of the Sad Cafe–submitted by Sonya Arko
- Cliffor the Big Red Dog–submitted byWade Adams and Jeff Cesar
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom–submitted by Kendra Kelley
- Best Friends Wear Pink Tutus / All Tutus Should Be Pink– submitted by Rachel Weide
- Breaking Dawn–submitted by Caroline Brennan
- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown–submitted by Britt Wanek and Genic Lazzar
- Cat in the Hat– submitted by Cheyne Hanoski
- Treasure Island– submitted by Sarah Engebergh
- The book from the restricted section in the 1st Harry Potter book– Kaitlin Todd
Grand prize winner
The Monster Book of Monster’s
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Book from the restricted section in the 1st Harry Potter book
Most Edible (tie)
Melissa Tiltges and Phil Kane
Most Edible (tie)
Britt Wanek and Genic Lazaar
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
Harper College Library
Create a piece of edible art that has something to do with books
Friday, November 20, 2009
Entries are due in the library from 10:30 to 11:30 AM
Judging begins at Noon
Entries will be eaten after the winners are announced
All participants and their entries will be photographed
Please include a sign denoting the title of the book your entry represents.
Everyone is invited to participate!
Awards will be given in the following categories:
- Grand Prize
- Most Literary
- Most Creative
- Most Edible
A completed entry form must be received at the Harper College Library no later than Monday, November 16, 2009.
Give a child the gift of reading!
16th Annual Children’s Book Drive
For the month of October, Harper College Library is collecting new and gently used children’s books that will be donated to the District 214 Community Education Program and the Elk Grove Village Township. You can help give a child the gift of reading by bringing donations into the Harper College Library, or by putting them in donation boxes we have in L building – Liberal Arts Division Office, X building – Health Careers Division Office, F building – Academic Enrichment and Language Studies Division Office, M building – Wellness and Human Performance Division Office, and W building in the employee lunchroom.
Help us reach our goal of donating 1,600 books for the 16th anniversary of the Children’s Book Drive.