Library looking for "altered books'

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Public Library is encouraging residents to cut, fold, paint and glue books.

Not the books that belong to the various Gwinnett library branches, but old books that can be recycled as "altered books."

The library system is holding a class Saturday to teach residents how to create altered books, any old book that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art.

The class will be led by Dacula resident and self-taught mixed media artist Lauren Ferguson, who got her start in scrapbooking and then moved on to altered and collage art before finding her niche in bookmaking. She has been teaching mixed media art since 2005 and will explain what altered books are and why anyone would want to alter one to begin with.

Books created during Saturday's workshop can be submitted for judging in the altered book contest, which is open to all county residents. Entries, which can include books created outside the workshop, should be submitted at a Gwinnett library branch by April 10 and will be judges later this spring by staff at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth. Select artwork will be displayed there for public viewing.

Contest winners will receive a $200 gift card for first place, a $100 gift card for second and a restaurant gift certificate for third.

The altered book contest is being held to recognize Love Your Library Week, a celebration of Gwinnett County's libraries, librarians and community supporters, which runs April 12 through 18 along with National Library Week.

For more information on Saturday's workshop and the altered book contest, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Altered book workshop

· When: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Gwinnett County Public Library Suwanee branch, 361 Main St.

· Cost: Free

· For more information: Visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154