Give Old Literature New Life with Gwinnett County Public Library”s Altered Book Contest

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Altered BookGwinnett County Public Library invites area artists to turn their old books into a work of art.# Participants may submit an Altered Book entry to any of the county”s fifteen branches throughout the month of April.

An altered book is any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into artwork. They can be rebound, painted, cut, burned, folded, added to, collaged in, gold-leafed, rubber stamped, drilled or otherwise adorned.

Free workshops to introduce altered book art techniques will be jointly sponsored by Gwinnett Public Library and the Hudgens Center for the Arts, to be held at the Center on Saturday, March 9. Two sessions will be offered, one for youth, (grades 6 through 12), from 10 a.m. to noon and one for adults, (ages 18 and up), from 1 to 3 p.m.# To reserve a seat in the workshop, please email to RSVP by March 6.

Judging for the contest will take place in May, and select entries will be exhibited at the Hudgens Center for the Arts from June 8 through September 7. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Friday, June 14 at 4 p.m.

Last year the Altered Books Contest received over 40 entries, and the Gwinnett County Public Library”s partnership with the Hudgens Center for the Arts was awarded an Honorable Mention for Arts Partnership by Artworks! Gwinnett for their collaboration on the 2011 Altered Books contest and Pulp Fashion exhibit.

For more information about Altered Books, or other library programs, visit, find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest, or call (770)-978-5154.