by Maddie, Main Branch
Sometimes books get damaged and we can't loan them out at the library anymore. In the spirit of recycling, we've found some fun uses for damaged books over the years, including Blackout Poetry - a fun and easy way to try your hand at creating poems.
You will need a permanent marker and pages from an old book, magazine, or newspaper.
Scan the page, choosing words you want to include in your poem.
Blackout all the other words with your permanent marker.
Once your poem is finished, you can frame it, send it to a friend, cut it up for a collage, or recycle the paper and start another one.
If you like drawing you can also add images to your page as another way of blacking out unwanted words. You can find lots of examples of this online.
Have fun making poems and, if you feel like sharing, consider submitting your creations to our
Local Teen Art Collection.
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