The Woods Hole Public Library invites artists, would-be artists and other creative types to participate in a community art project using old library catalog cards.

During past summers, the Woods Hole Library has sponsored a community art project. Patrons of all ages have been invited to create a work of art, working separately and using a common medium. Last year horseshoe crab shells were featured. In previous years discarded books, retired chairs from the Fishmonger Restaurant and outdated nautical charts have stimulated participants’ imagination and creativity, with amazing and amusing end results.

Sticking close to home, this summer the library is offering cards from its late, lamented card catalog. For those too young to remember, in pre-computer days all library holdings were listed on small cards kept in long drawers in a wooden cabinet. When computer archiving replaced the card catalog, sentimental librarians at the Woods Hole Library could not bring themselves to dispose of the cards. In fact, they have been taking up space in the basement. Until now.

Patrons can pick up as many card bundles as they like and then let their imagination run free. The library asks patrons to return their finished creations by Friday, July 24, for an exhibition and silent auction to benefit the library. Cards are available for pickup at the library’s lower door, near the book return. There is a blue bin with cards, a signup sheet and the guidelines for participating.

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