Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Great article about yarn bombing and libraries

Yarn bombing tag: "746.43"
Yarn Bombing @ Your Library: Installation with Dewey number theme

The Spring 2012 issue of The Idaho Librarian, an online publication of the Idaho Library Association, features a great article, “Getting Bombed in Boise: Yarn Bombing and Libraries” by Ruth Patterson Funabiki.

Attention paid to yarn bombing in this article goes a long way toward promoting it as a legitimate art, particularly one that is of benefit to libraries.

I recently embarked on an advocacy project of leaving yarn bombing tags at libraries. These small-scale items take the form of crocheted banner messages that wrap around a railing or tree branch.

The tags bear messages like “Support Libraries.” “Love My Library.” One recent creation bears the Dewey classification number for books about knitting and crochet.

(I was taking a class in cataloging at the time and was simultaneously savoring Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti by Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain).

I am glad to see The Idaho Librarian and the Idaho Library Association encouraging the art of a way to enhance libraries' programming and public image.

Like the article states, “yarn bombing offers library users an opportunity for artful free expression.” As a yarn bomber, I choose to use this free expression to advocate for libraries.

In modified format, this blog entry is adapted from an assignment for Cuesta College class CIS 210, to write a letter of introduction.

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