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Attention, crafty readers! It may be hot-hot-hot in many parts of the U.S. this week, but we are spreading the word about a very cool-cool-cool announcement!

You may already “know” the splendid Jessica Pigza, rare books librarian and crafting enthusiast at the New York Public Library. Jessica also helped out the Library as Incubator Project in a big way by contributing two terrific pieces about the Handmade Crafternoon programs she facilitates at the library, and the Design by the Book collaboration with the Design*Sponge blog. Jessica writes about knitting, crafting, reading, and cool library “stuff” at her Handmade Librarian blog.

This week I was thrilled to see that Jessica is at work on a book in conjunction with STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books. Writes Jessica,

It is a crafter’s library companion, and in it I will share tips on how you can make the most of libraries’ unique and historic collections–both in person and online–in your search for information and inspiration in your own handmade creations. In addition, crafters and designers will provide original ideas and instructions for making beautiful, modern projects based on inspiring, vintage library collections.

Sounds fantastic, right? In order to make it happen, Jessica has put out a call for project tutorial submissions from crafters, designers, and makers. The projects should be influenced or inspired by some type of library material – from old textbooks to vintage magazines.

For more information and to find out more about the submission process, please hop on over to the Handmade Librarian. And a major congratulations to Jessica and all of the crafters involved on this new project!

SPEAKING of submissions…are you an artist of any kind (writer, illustrator, painter, performer, musician…) who has used the library as part of your creative work? Maybe you find inspiration for your visual artwork in image databases, or in the covers of books on the shelves. Perhaps the library offers you a quiet place to sketch out ideas for a new script, poem, or short story. Maybe your library makes available a piano, a studio space, or provides access to books about marketing your creative work. We want to hear your story and share it with our readers! Check out our submission page for all the details. Can’t wait to hear from you! – Laura

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