Friday, January 23, 2009

Finally, a Use For All Those Donated Dictionaries

The bane of any public library's life is those well-meaning donations. "Here, I found these encyclopedias from 1965 in the attic. Just brush off those spiderwebs before you add them to the collection!"

We smile in a pained fashion and take them. Then when the self-satisfied patron leaves, secure in his position as a Supporter of the Ahts and owner of a tax credit, we discreetly cart them to the dumpster.*

Well, no more! Fuse #8 pointed me at this freakin' cool site with various sculptures and things made out of books. Including bookshelves. My favorite is to the right.

*This is not to say we do not leap on new, shiny, barely-read books like wild dogs after a shard of meat. We just get so many more physics textbooks from 1973.

2 comments:

Lisa Chellman said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing this. I think the one you picked is my favorite, too.

Doret said...

The library near me has a bin outside the door for donations. I guess they don't want to be bothered. I don't blame them there is a lot of beat up books in that bin. Last week I donated Amazing Peace and Boycott Blues, both new picture book hardcovers. Showed them to the person at the desk. He told me to put them in the bin. I wanted to say sir "these books do not belong in that bin with all those beat down, dated books" I was so offended. Almost took them home. Next time I'll donate to another branch