ALS offers library card record books, creates art kits at local libraries – Hometown Focus

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Pictured is a library card record book created by Mary Mulari. Submitted photo.

The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) provided library card record book Take & Create Art Kits to its member public libraries for distribution in March.

Designed by Minnesota artist Mary Mulari, this art experience is for beginners to explore book and paper craft making using traditional library materials.

“The question I get when someone sees the Library Passbook is, ‘How did you come up with the idea for this project?’ The simple answer is that I have finally created an easy and fun way to keep track of the books I have read!” Mulari explained.

“Using the boxes that were traditionally attached to the inside back covers of library books, together with the classic lined cards that listed the names and due dates of the books, creates a unique reading book with one card for each month.”

Each Take & Create Art Kit with Library Card Record contains project supplies including: library book pockets and cards, stickers, washi tape, artwork, glue stick, and an illustrated instruction booklet. A ruler, pencil and scissors are also needed. A video tutorial can be found on YouTube by searching “Library Record Book” or through the Hoyt Lakes Public Library account.

This program is aimed at all ages, but children may need assistance. Please note that each location has a limited number of kits.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in whole or in part with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about ALS Legacy events, visit

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