Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest Library
Type: Medium-sized suburban public library
Position: Teen Department Clerk, 2017 - 2018
teen Programs (6th-12th Grade)
Blackout Poetry
The History and Art of Letterpress Bookmaking with Scott Fisk
Mason Bee Houses
Marbled Paper
Writing the Personal Essay (bimonthly college prep class)
Friendship Bracelets
Paper Airplane Engineering
Treehouse Reading Series (Adult monthly series)
As at Indian Springs School and West End Academy, I brought my knowledge of book arts, art, and humanities to programs at Vestavia Hills. Many of these programs focus on making and remaking books: old books, magazines and newspapers are recycled into blackout poetry and mason bee dwellings, and teens are taught to take ownership of  the means of production with letterpress and zine workshops.
Events are advertised through the library, on Birmingham365 and Facebook.
​​​​​​​Above: Teens recycle deaccessed books and magazines to create poetry using "blackout" or "erasure" techniques (cf. Tom Phillips, Mary Ruefle) Below: Photos and video of Samford University Art Professor Scott Fisk teaching teens about the history of the book and helping them make their own letterpress prints (sponsored by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation)
"Creativity is something that is inherent in everyone, but it gets beaten down a lot in our production-focused educational and economic systems. The library remains a democratizing and nurturing environment where creativity can thrive." Erinn Batykefer
Above: Teens use marbling inks to marble paper postcards in our outdoor classroom
Below: Teens make handmade paper and learn paper-related history and vocabulary; activity uses recycled library materials (newspapers) and handmade paper molds; photos of Writing Workshop for Personal Narrative Essays (college essay prep for local high school students); photos from after school program for 5th-12th graders on making Friendship Bracelets, with accompanying zine showing multiple techniques; photos of middle school students playing with their paper airplanes outside after our paper airplane program, with its own accompanying zine; our growing zine collection.
Other duties and activities performed while in the Teen Department include shelving, re-cataloging and re-processing part of the Teen section; becoming a certified Passport Acceptance Agent and processing passports; creating and pulling hold materials, assisting with circulation and technology, helping populate social media outlets for the library, planning and assisting with programs, initiating a zine collection, and creating Reader's Advisory materials and seasonal displays (in our very small display space) with the help of my coworker, Derek Anderson (RA brochure cover design) (Below).
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