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Making books at the library

Most of us have read lots of books, but have you ever made one? The Evanston Public Library hopes to show young people how to make a book by hand at a Handmade Book Camp this summer.

It’s all being made possible, thanks to a grant from Cognizant’s “Making the Future” education initiative,designed to inspire young people to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The grant will be used for a three-week Handmade Book Camp this summer, according to Renee Neumeier, head of Young Adult Services at the library. The date of the camp has not yet been announced.

She said "teens will be deeply immersed in learning how to make a book by hand, from papermaking to bookbinding and then developing content to add to the book. Teens will learn about the science of papermaking, the technologies new and old that go into the making of a book. The activities we do will help with critical thinking skills and problem solving."

The free camp will conclude with a community gallery showing of the works created. Evanston teens who might not have the resources to attend camp in the summer will be targeted through area schools, she added.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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