Community Book Art

Stonecrest Book & Toy in Osage Beach, Missouri, has an interesting front window display. And they got a little help from the local community… a high school art class.

“We have used books, so we could find plenty of hardbacks that needed to be recycled,” says store manager Carmen Perry. “We donated the books to the local high school art teacher, and after the students did book art–on various themes–then offered to display them.”

From start to finish, the project took almost a year, after the teacher moved from teaching K-3 art to the high school level. Many of the pieces were created by students in an advanced class.

“It definitely took some planning ahead,” Perry says. “I didn’t mind waiting for the art to show up, because I thought it would be great PR. Kids who got their art in the window would send people to see it, etc. It certainly got a lot of “shares” on Facebook–and some good will.”

Perry says that she finds it difficult to find time to get out into the community, but this partnership has allowed the community to have a presence in the store.


Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay