As I continue to be part of a campaign to save our local public library from closure, I’ve been thinking a lot about what my dream library might look like.
I definitely want trained librarians, a varied programme of events for all ages, a welcoming space to spend time in and fantastic, up-to-date stock, but I wouldn’t say no to a library which was full of chocolate, or had the odd kitten or two to play with…
Yes, I decided to make my very own dream library, and yes each book is made of chocolate!
And yes, there are kittens running amok over the shelves!
There’s a mixture of favourite classics and beautiful vintage books, along with whole bays dedicated to books shortlisted for prizes this year.
Here are the books shortlisted for this year’s YA Book Prize:
They may have chocolate inside, but on the outside they have blurbs and barcodes, just like real books.
I’ve also got a bay in my library dedicated to the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist:
Whilst, with all that chocolate calling to me, I strongly suspect this is one library it will be impossible to save, I’m not despondent because ANYONE can recreate this library. All you’ll need is a box or two of these:
…and then download and print out the pdf files I created of all the book covers:
A few books in my library come from the archives, created (mostly) from images available (and free to use) in the British Library Flickr stream:
If you’re having a Carnegie or YA Book Prize party why not make up some of these as favours. I used a solvent free glue stick to attach the covers to the wrapped chocolate. The chocolates I used are 38 x 28mm but if you want to make a chocolate library using a different brand/size of chocolate, I have the files as .svg files (if that means anything to you) which you can scale to any size – leave a comment if you’d like me to email them to you.
Whilst the images I’ve taken from the BL Flickr stream are released under a Creative Commons license, don’t forget the covers of all the other books were made by artists, many of whom are still working today. Please don’t use my files to make money as the art in the covers isn’t ours to financially profit from. Have fun, do! But please don’t exploit the work of the great illustrators who have made book covers so beautiful I wanted to celebrate them in my library.
UPDATE: The book wrappers also fit ALDI Assorted Neapolitan Chocolates (a bit cheaper than M&S), though the ALDI chocolates have writing around the edges which is visible. This could be a good thing – it is clear what sort of chocolate is inside the wrapper, but I quite like the plain edges of the M&S chocs from a design point of view.