Book Art Contest

Unbound Book Art and Craft Contest

The Unbound Book Art & Craft Contest returns for a sixth year in 2018, challenging you to create something new and interesting from an old book in honor of National Craft Month.

Sometimes we receive donated books which are too old or damaged to re-sell. Now we’d like to see what you can do with them. Give them new life by turning them into art, a craft or something in between. We put together this Pinterest board to show you some of the things people have made from books – let it inspire you, but not limit you!

Pick up one of our free books at the library (or use your own), and make an art or craft project with it. Your finished work must feature a book or parts of a book.

Entries can be turned in starting April 14, 2018, and are due at the library by 5:30pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Click here for complete rules and more information »
Click here to download an entry form »
Click here to download a flyer promoting the event »

The contest is open to residents of Oakland and Piedmont ages 5 through adult, as well as K-12 students who attend school in those cities. Prizes are awarded in three categories: Kids (ages 5-12), Young Adult (13-20) and Adults (21+).

Thanks to our generous 2018 sponsors:
Novel Brewing Company

This year’s prizes:
Adults (age 21 and up)

  • 1st place: A private brewery tour for 2 (including complimentary tasting) at Novel Brewing Company and a Novel tee shirt (Depending on the artist’s body of work, and at Novel Brewing’s discretion, there’s potential for the adult first place winner to have an art show at the brewery as well!)
  • 2nd place: Sweet Paper Crafts book by Mollie Greene
  • Third place: $10 credit good at FOML Spring Book Sale May 5th or at daily book sales carts

Young Adults (age 13-20)

  • 1st place: Kelly Barker Acorn Graphite Drawing Tool and a $15 gift certificate to local art supply store
  • 2nd place: Library Card Pouch from Out of Print (great for corralling art tools!) and a $10 gift certificate to A Great Good Place for Books
  • Third place: $10 credit good at FOML Spring Book Sale May 5th or at daily book sales carts

Kids (age 5-12)

  • 1st place: Admission for up to 2 adults and 2 kids to the Oakland Zoo, plus parking for 1 vehicle
  • 2nd place: Pete the Cat tote bag and 14.5″ Pete the Cat doll from MerryMakers
  • Third place: $10 credit good at FOML Spring Book Sale May 5th or at daily book sales carts

Past winners:
2013 winners »
2014 winners »
2015 winners »
2016 winners »
2017 winners »

You can find additional photos of all our winners on the UNBOUND Pinterest board, and even more book craft ideas on this Pinterest board.

If your company is interested in donating a prize and being named as a sponsor in our marketing materials, please let us know (here’s our donation form)!