Photo & Film student Mark Strandquist developed the idea for The People’s Library through his work with the Art Museum of the Americas in DC. His project, which directly involves the Richmond community, receives discarded books from The Richmond Public Library. Strandquist and his collaborators, recipients of an Undergraduate Research Grant, recycle the books into new paper.
The old books from the library have their pages stripped, re-pulped, made into new paper, and then bound into those books again as blank pages. Once these blank books are made, members of the community may check out the books, write/mark in them as they choose, and return them. The books will be a permanent part of the library collection.
This collection will be presented at the Open Engagement Conference in Portland, OR and also at April’s Feast RVA.
The project was recently covered on CBS6.