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We have finally found a fun solution for discarded books. I am one of those folks 
who have never had trouble discarding books, but did hate just to put them in the 
landfill.  I also hate to pass on old books to other countries--it just bothers me 
to give someone something I don't think is worthy for my students. One of my 
English teachers started having her classes make altered books as a culminating 
activity for a class novel. She cleaned me out of all of my discarded books, and 
the altered books were impressive.  Then others in her department wanted them 
too--I even had to go to yard sales to find more old books!
I purchased these books for them to use for ideas:

702 ARE                       
           Arendt, Madeline.  Altered art for the first time.  New York :
                Sterling Pub., c2005.

702 BRA                       
           Brazelton, Bev, 1946-.  Altered books workshop : 18 creative
                techniques for self-expression.  Cincinnati, Ohio : North
                Light Books, c2004.

702 HAR                       
           Harrison, Holly.  Altered books, collaborative journals, and
                other adventures in bookmaking.  Gloucester, Mass. :
                Rockport, c2003.

702 MAT                       
           Matthiessen, Barbara.  Altered book collage.  New York :
                Sterling, c2005.

702 mic                       
           Michel, Karen.  The complete guide to altered imagery : for
                collage, altered books, artists journals, and more. 
                Gloucester, Mass. : Quarry Books, 2005.

745.593 URE                   
           Ure, Susan.  The altered book scrapbook.  Ogden, UT : Chappelle,

If you want to see some of the ideas we use in our library, go to

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has 
involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.
  - Thomas Sowell
Mary B. Simmons
Currituck County High School
4203 Caratoke Highway
Barco, NC 27917

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