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The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Lisa Occhipinti

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Title:The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life
Authors:Lisa Occhipinti
Info:STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (2011), Hardcover, 144 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life by Lisa Occhipinti (2011)



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Good ideas in this book.I think it could have used more tho. The author suggests using old unwanted books,or buying used books for her crafts. I agree,but would still have a difficult time destroying a book. The ideas a good and some quite original. ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
Of the 33 crafts I only liked 2 of them. I might be picky but I have found better crafts online. If you're going to buy the book, don't. If you're going to borrow it from your library like I did, go right ahead. Hopefully you'll find it more useful than I did. ( )
  Half-elf28 | Jun 1, 2016 |
We're hosting a community day event in a few months so I turned to The Repurposed Library for inspiration. We have TONS of deselected books and knew we wanted to reuse them. Our theme is sustainability, so this seemed like a great way to approach the topic with our students. I know tearing books apart seems counter intuitive to a librarian's nature, but they're mostly outdated textbooks, some with highly questionable content. They aren't antiques, rare editions, valuable, or anywhere near as pretty as some of the books Occhipinti works with. So I don't feel bad about it. This way they'll actually get some use.

The Repurposed Library contains a collection of crafts for recycling, upcycling, and repurposing old books. Each project is nicely photographed and illustrated alongside detailed instructions. Occhipinti also provides tips and tricks for some basic procedures - mending broken spines, removing hardcovers, etc. The crafts range in terms of skill level and equipment needed, but everything is made accessible to the reader.

I only gave it 3 stars because it wasn't as extensive as I was hoping. Some of the crafts seemed like way more trouble than they were worth. I was looking for more ideas that didn't require other materials and/or tools - we need crafts that groups of people can realistically do in about an hour and don't have to resources to provide everyone with their own drill. Even more basic folding crafts would have been appreciated. I also couldn't picture a practical use for some of them. They were cool in theory, but ultimately would I want them around my house? Idk...but that's all a matter of taste. If you're determined and have the necessary tools handy, you might get more out of it than I did. It's definitely worth a look for some inspiration.
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  cattylj | Feb 28, 2015 |
Much as I love books for their natural purpose (reading), the projects in this book are rather ingenious. The only problem is that the main text of the book is very light and it strains my eyes to read the instructions. Since I rarely have this problem, I thought it was worth mentioning. Maybe they could reprint it and use the lighter copies for more craft projects.
  PensiveCat | Jul 3, 2012 |
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For these projects, Lisa Occhipinti rescues and repurposes orphaned and outdated books from flea markets and library sales and turns them into new art objects and practical items for the home. Her creations range from artfully constructed mobiles to a Kindle "keeper" for those who want to replicate the sensation of holding a "real" book while reading from an e-reader.… (more)

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