Turning old books from trash to timeless treasures in Aztec

Posted at: 01/30/2013 9:24 AM
By: Ashley McElroy, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Aztec Public Library worker Karen Lozier got an idea from Pinterest that has become the library’s newest hobby - turning books into creative crafts.

The Altered Books Program started in December, and immediately gained popularity.

Through it, the library's old, un-repairable books are turned into things like lamps, clocks, and holiday decorations.

"To take a book that really doesn't have a lot of worth anymore and make something useful out of it, it’s a good feeling," said Lozier.

The books are stored in a backroom closet, where they take up a lot of space. All of these books there are eligible for the program - and anyone who's interested can come in and turn a timeless piece of literature into a piece of art.

Program Coordinator Angela Watkins said she was wary of cutting up the books, but came to terms with it and sees it now as revitalization for them.

"For a librarian to dog-ear a paper is extremely hard, and here we are turning it into art which now makes it more acceptable," said Watkins.

The altered books program holds its meetings every first and third Thursday evening of every month.

The next meeting is scheduled at the Aztec Public Library on February 7 at 6 p.m.