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  • Danielle Pacin, reference and teen librarian at the Dundee Library, used various supplies Monday during the Book Art program where kids transformed pages from old books and magazines into art.

       Danielle Pacin, reference and teen librarian at the Dundee Library, used various supplies Monday during the Book Art program where kids transformed pages from old books and magazines into art.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Danielle Pacin, reference and teen librarian at the Dundee Library, converted old book pages to artwork Monday as part of the Book Art program where kids transformed pages from old books and magazines into art.

       Danielle Pacin, reference and teen librarian at the Dundee Library, converted old book pages to artwork Monday as part of the Book Art program where kids transformed pages from old books and magazines into art.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 
 

There might not be much use for a 1994 Great Britain Time Table -- a thick, 1,600-page book listing all train schedules in England for the year. But for Danielle Pacin, reference and teen librarian at the Dundee Library, it's just what she needs for a constructive afternoon.

She used the book, and others like it, as potential wall art in a Book Art program for teens Monday. She demonstrated how to stencil a squirrel, heart and flower on to a chosen page and cut out the design, glue it to colorful card stock paper, and frame it for an artful wall hanging.

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"I like doing recycled crafts because most of the materials I already have," she said. "I don't have to go out and buy a bunch of things."

A few old maps and pamphlets, and dozens of colored pencils were available for those in attendance.

"Some kids aren't very sports-minded," said West Dundee resident Pat Crowe, who brought her granddaughter to the program. "So this kind of thing is nice for them."

Pacin will teach the craft class again at 3 p.m. July 8. She will host a "Design Your Own Book Bag" class at 2 p.m. July 14 at the library, 555 Barrington Ave., East Dundee. Call (847) 428-3661 to register.

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