Got donated old encyclopedias? Make a table!

Weeding reference? Make great teen area furniture! This picture shows 25-year-old donated encyclopedias turned into tables for my library’s comfy chair corner. Check out husband Steve’s handiwork – he made me three of these by drilling holes in books, threading on a 5/16th steel all-thread rod screwed into a T-nut on the bottom of a table top from Home Depot. I think he should start his own Etsy business. Oh and just to add an audiobook connection, don’t forget about the cassette-tape-as-art craft I posted about awhile back…

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

2 Comments on "Got donated old encyclopedias? Make a table!"

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  1. mm_miller1@yahoo.com' Melanie says:

    That is awesome!

  2. jean.benjamin@comcast.net' Jean Benjamin says:

    Great idea! I’m on a search to find out what to do with our set of World Book encyclopedias. The results are so sad. No one wants them. In a magazine, I saw a coffee table made out of encyclopedias – two stacks – with a glass table top. It was very attractive.

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