On Monday night, a group of craft enthusiasts participated in a project offered as a free program from the Perry Public Library: book folding. The evening event is part of the adult portion of the summer reading program, “Build a Better World,” with an initiative to create continual education throughout the summer.


Those who participated were given a set of instructions, provided materials, and books to choose from. Media Librarian, Jill Cook led the program.


Cook learned how to do the craft after being inspired to make a wedding gift.


“My daughter Liz got married two years ago and I made book sculptures,” Cook said. “I ran across a workshop last September and we did both the both sculptures and book folding.”


In order to begin book folding, patterns can be made using Photoshop or found on YouTube.


“The easy ones are better,” Cook said.


Book folding requires patience and sometimes reading glasses, Cook reassured the class.


“Content matters; lets say you’re cleaning out your bookshelf, open it [the book] up and read some of your content because you might get to a certain point where you might not want your great grandmother or mother-in-law to see,” Cook said.


Guests were provided with instructions including the following tips: selecting a book for a project with the appropriate theme for a gift, choose a book fold template compatible with the size of your book or book size of template, draw a 1” pencil line across the top and bottom edge of the book, position your book fold template behind the page you intend to fold, begin folding the top corner of the page down to the template, followed by folding the bottom half of the page.


The class worked on each book project for an hour and half before leaving with their semi-completed project that evening.


All materials were provided by the Perry Public Library and the class was offered free to the public. The book fold works as a section for the adult portion of the “Build a Better World” summer program.