Transform an old book into keepsake box

November 04, 2013 09:40 am

Welcome to Cook Memorial Library’s new monthly column, “Off the Shelf.” Here you’ll find details about upcoming events, newly added items, and information on programs and services.

November activities include a Book Art Workshop and teen iCraft. The Book Art Workshop is at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Participants will alter an old hardcover book into a keepsake box. The class is part of a series repurposing books and other everyday items. Past projects include jewelry, ornaments and wreaths. All supplies are provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own hardback book to transform. Registration is required; sign up at the main desk or over the phone at 


The teen iCraft program is held on the third Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. On Nov. 16, the craft is duct tape accessories. Duct tape comes in a wide array of colors and patterns, perfect for earrings, bracelets and bowties. Teens will be given instructions for several projects and encouraged to make their own unique creations. Supplies are provided, and no registration is required. 

Our programs for adults include a monthly Book Club. Book Club is held the second Tuesday of the month in the Archives room. The next meeting is at 1 p.m. Nov. 12. Attendees will discuss the novel “Fever” by Mary Beth Keane. Set in early 20th century New York, “Fever” follows the life of Typhoid Mary, the first known healthy carrier of typhoid. Library Director Terri Washburn said, “The book is very engaging and hard to put down.” New members are always welcome to join, and the novel of the month is available at the library or through the Sage catalog. 

For children, we have two storytimes and Lego play day. The littlest ones are welcome on 11:15 a.m. Tuesdays for Baby Tot Bop, geared for age 3 and younger. Songs, toys and games educate and entertain participants. For the older children, Thursday Storytime at 11:15 a.m. includes songs, stories and a craft related to the theme of the day. Children are welcome from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays to play with the library’s Lego collection in the story circle. Just remember, children younger than 10 must be supervised by an adult. 

Come check out our New Books shelf to discover nonfiction like Style Me Vintage, with instructions for vintage hair and make-up styles; comedian Jen Lancaster’s latest book, “The Tao of Martha,” documenting her year of living by Martha Stewart’s advice; prepare for winter with “Mastering Snowboarding” by Hannah Teter. New fiction includes “The Girl You Left Behind,” by Jojo Moyes, a story of a painting that connects two women across a century; “The Shining Girls,” by Lauren Beukes, an urban fantasy of a time-traveling serial killer; and “A White Wind Blew,” by James Markert, a tale of a doctor in a 1920s Louisville tuberculosis sanatorium, whose love of music inspires hope in himself and his patients. 

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Rose Peacock is a library technician at Cook Memorial Library.