Congratulations Camas!

by Ann Miller

Camas Public Library's Book to Art Club was recently featured in a local publication, The Columbian. Features Reporter Scott Hewitt wrote a wonderful article highlighting Camas's discussion of "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer.

Hewitt's honest perception of the inner workings of a book club were spot-on in that each member will have different feelings about a story and its characters. This only enhances a discussion, so do not fret over choosing a title that everyone will adore.  Focus on a story that will be interesting to discuss and inspiring to create from.

Based on the article's quotes, there were strong opinions of the story and characters, both positive and negative, but all were equally rewarded with s'mores and grown-up merit badges. The projects also varied, ranging from diorama to watercolor painting to summer camp inspired "God's Eye" weaving.

"...Wile not only provided s’mores for the group, but also displayed her own artistic take on the book in homemade merit badges for activities that are never, ever allowed at summer camp: Creative Curse Word Usage, “Up S#@!t’s Creek” Canoe Building, and, of course, Conspicuous Beer Consumption..."

Way to go, Judy Wile and Camas Public Library Book to Art Club!

Read The Columbian article here!

More Making at Mead

by Ann Miller

Last Fall Mead Public Library's Book to Art Club moved from our Loft meeting room to the truly inspiring ARTery, John Michael Kohler Arts Center's makerspace.  Below are the projects from our first four discussions.  Being around the everchanging ARTery has brought out more artistry in all of us.  It has also brought in new members.  

Our "True Grit" discussion, part of the NEA Big Read, had an outstanding attendance of 22 people!  It didn't hurt that Craig Grabhorn, Alison Loewen, and Fred Miller from JMKAC coordinated a wonderful tour of the Holy Jewel Home exhibit, home of The Original Rhinestone Cowboy, Roy Bowlin.  Craig and Alison also provided us with everything needed to create our own dazzling cowboy projects.  As you can see, we had a blast!

"The Patron Saint of Ugly" projects were collages influenced by the main character's unique birthmarks.  "The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend" projects focused on lighter, whimsical versions of arrows and dreamcatchers to contrast with the dark and violent story.  We ended 2016 with "Challenger Deep" and created scribble art with wire, embroidery floss, and watercolor paint that was inspired by the artwork in the book.

The Patron Saint of Ugly by Marie Manilla

The Patron Saint of Ugly by Marie Manilla

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

True Grit by Charles Portis

The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

The Influence of Brand

by Ann Miller

Caley Cannon, Art Librarian at Brand Library and Art Center, recently promoted The Book to Art Club through a presentation she gave at the California Library Association Conference.  These are images from her PowerPoint presentation.  As you can see, Brand made some wonderful projects during their discussions, and it looks like they had a great time doing it!  (I love the paper houses and clay portraits!  Your projects are truly inspiring.)  Thank you, Caley, for sharing these with us and for promoting the Book to Art Club! 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Austenland by Shannon Hale

Austenland by Shannon Hale

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Making at Mead

by Ann Miller

Mead Public Library in Sheboygan had a productive season of reading and making last year.  We read a variety of books geared toward both adults and teens.  Below are selections from projects we made in Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016.

"Hogfather" by Terry Pratchett

"Hogfather" by Terry Pratchett

"Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas" by Rebecca Snedeker and Rebecca Solnit

"Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas" by Rebecca Snedeker and Rebecca Solnit

"Bellweather Rhapsody" by Kate Racculia

"Bellweather Rhapsody" by Kate Racculia

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"Swamplandia" by Karen Russell

"The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Carey

"The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Carey

"The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Carey

"The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Carey

"The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Carey

"The Girl with All the Gifts" by M. R. Carey

"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern

"The Furies" by Natalie Haynes

"The Furies" by Natalie Haynes

"The Furies" by Natalie Haynes

"The Furies" by Natalie Haynes

"The Furies" by Natalie Haynes

"The Furies" by Natalie Haynes

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

"I'll Give You the Sun" by Jandy Nelson

Success at Scituate

by Ann Miller

Scituate Library found success with discussions of "Where'd you go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple, "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer, "Chasing Vermeer" by Blue Balliet, and "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.  Attendees created small crafts or studied different aspects of artists or art that each book talked about, according to Rachael Juskuv.

Inspired by Camas

by Ann Miller

Judy Wile of Camas Public Library sent these images of her club's projects.  Wow, wow, wow!  These projects are so beautiful and inspiring!  Thank you so much for sharing these.  We can't wait to see what you do next!  (I know I am feeling even more excited about reading "The Brides of Rollrock Island" in March with Mead's club!  Oh, the possibilities...)

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Brides of Rollrock Island" by Margo Lanagan

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer

"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

"Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple

"Where'd You Go, Bernadette" by Maria Semple

An Outstanding Year for Milwaukee Public Library's East Branch

by Ann Miller

Milwauakee Public Library East's Book to Art Club was busy, busy, busy in 2016!  Check out their wonderful projects and reads!  (Their sculptures look particularly fun!)  We can't wait to see what they have in store for 2017!  Thank you Beth Gabriel for submitting this!

2016 Book Discussions

  • January:  “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion
  • February:  “Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll
  • March:  “Room” by Emma Donoghue
  • April:  “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick
  • May:  “Euphoria” by Lily King
  • June:  “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin
  • July:  “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
  • August:  Best of summer reading!  Attendees brought their favorite summer read to share while having an open hour of crafting and coloring.
  • September:  “The Ghost Bride” by Yangsze Choo
  • October:  “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson
  • November:  “Redefining Realness” by Janet Mock
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Creativity Reigns at Davis Academy

by Ann Miller

Davis Academy was bustling with creativity this past year!  Check out these amazing projects that tie in with their readings.  Thank you Stacy Brown for submitting these wonderful pictures.  We can't wait to see what you'll do in 2017!  (As a fellow Book to Art Club member who enjoys creating culinary art projects, I'm now wondering if I can pair these mud cupcakes with butter beer!)

We read "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by J.K. Rowling to kick off the year.

We read "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" by J.K. Rowling to kick off the year.

We made time turner necklaces...

We made time turner necklaces...

...and marauder's maps.  And, of course, we had butter beer!

...and marauder's maps.  And, of course, we had butter beer!

We read "The War That Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and did finger knitting, since knitting is a way that they give to one another in the novel.

We read "The War That Saved My Life" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and did finger knitting, since knitting is a way that they give to one another in the novel.

We also read "The Book of Scavengers" by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and made secret messages out of code.

We also read "The Book of Scavengers" by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman and made secret messages out of code.

Today we are discussing "Fuzzy Mud" by Louis Sachar and are making fuzzy mud out of slime.  We don't have pictures of that just yet, but we do have pictures of our mud cupcakes that we will be enjoying.                                                                                                       --Stacy Brown

Today we are discussing "Fuzzy Mud" by Louis Sachar and are making fuzzy mud out of slime.  We don't have pictures of that just yet, but we do have pictures of our mud cupcakes that we will be enjoying.

                                                                                                      --Stacy Brown

Call for Fall Submissions

by Ann Miller

Autumn has arrived and fall programming has begun including the Book to Art Club.  Like the rest of you, Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, WI has been busy, busy, busy!  We've been collaborating with our neighboring art museum, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and participating in the NEA Big Read.  We chose "True Grit" by Charles Portis, and we were lucky enough to have a local exhibit at JMKAC that tied in with our chosen book--"Rhinestone Cowboy" Loy Bowlin's Holy Jewel Home.  As you can imagine, our "True Grit--Rhinestone Cowboy" art is spectacularly sparkly!  I will have project photos to share in the near future.  

As much I love to share what's happening at my home library, I would also love to hear what my sister Book to Art Clubs are doing and report it right here, so send me a few lines and a few pictures and help me create an inclusive Book to Art Club blog!

All the best,

Ann

"Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron" at Mead Public Library

Today's post comes to us from Ann Miller and other staff at Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, Wisconsin! Check out their chapter page for more details.

by Ann Miller

Our very first "The Book to Art Club" discussion at Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, WI was a success.  We had 8 people, only half of which were staff.  Our four non-staff attendees seemed excited to attend our next discussion, "The Family Fang", and one even took fliers for friends.  

I was thrilled to lead our inaugural discussion with Jasper Fforde's "Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron".  In addition to basic art supplies, we had a stereoscope as a leapback item, laptop and book form Ishihara tests, a laptop showing videos from Jasper Fforde's website, and Ishihara spoon cupcakes. 

Book to Art Club attendees at work on their art projects inspired by Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron.

Book to Art Club attendees at work on their art projects inspired by Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey: The Road to High Saffron.

Art projects inspired by Shades of Grey.

Art projects inspired by Shades of Grey.

Ishihara spoon cupcake top.

Ishihara spoon cupcake top.


You can download the discussion questions that Mead PL used in their first Book to Art Club meeting (Question 3 was based on a Goodreads member's post).