Program Pairings: Upcycling Project with Sew4Service

Below you will find an upcoming program paired with related movies, documentaries, books, music, and more to help you gain a wider understanding of the topic before or after the program. 

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Program: Upcycling Project with Sew4Service: Making Bliss Banners, Tues., June 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Willoughby Library

Description:  In this class you will learn how to create a flag or banner using your own items giving your creation a very personal connection. Banners will be approximately 4 in x 6 in or larger depending on personal choice, fabrics and time. For full info, including materials and to register, please go here:

The Upcycled Self: A Memoir on the Art of Becoming Who We Are by Tariq Trotter 

Tariq Trotter—better known as Black Thought—is the platinum-selling, Grammy-winning co-founder of The Roots and one of the most exhilaratingly skillful and profound rappers our culture has ever produced. But his story begins with a tragedy: as a child, Trotter burned down his family’s home. The years that follow are the story of a life snatched from the flames, forged in fire. 

In The Upcycled Self, Trotter doesn’t only narrate a riveting and moving portrait of the artist as a young man, he gives readers a courageous model of what it means to live an examined life. In vivid vignettes, he tells the dramatic stories of the four powerful relationships that shaped him—with community, friends, art, and family—each a complex weave of love, discovery, trauma, and loss. 

Physical Book eBook Audiobook

Bonus: Stream The Roots on Hoopla!

Hobbies & Crafts Source has a number of cool project ideas for upcycling old books. Unlock your creativity here (just enter library card upon the prompt)!

There are plenty of books about upcycling projects of all varieties, even some on how to turn these projects into money!

How to Make Money from Upcycling by Rita Storey

20 Creative Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials by Max McMurdo

Wear, Repair, Repurpose: A Maker’s Guide to Mending and Upcycling Clothes by Lily Fulop

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While it’s not upcycling, per se, did you know all Willoughby-Eastlake Library locations are currently accepting printer cartridge donations for recycling (no laser toner cartridges please).

This initiative is spearheaded by the W-E Library Boosters, in partnership with Planet Green Recycle. Funds collected will benefit the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library.

Here’s to giving new purpose to “old” things!

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