How not to… Make your own Christmas decorations

26 11 2010

Christmas decorations – Library style.

Check out these beautiful book inspired decorations being made at Christchurch Central Library. What a lot of people don’t know is that libraries are faced with having throw out books everyday. There is something about burning or otherwise disposing of books that goes against the grain for most people, especially librarians. So it’s great when you can find ways of recycling books even if it renders them unreadable.

The paperbacks and fiction were sent to the Bindery and cut into chunks on their big guillotine keeping the binding intact. These had their pages curled back to make star type arrangements. The individual pages that fell off were used to make paper chains. Old graphic novels have been cut into stars and will be laminated and arranged to create a Christmas tree for the Youth Adult area. Covers from Chinese and Japanese fiction have been cut into doves in brilliant reds and gold.

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