Wrightwood Support Effort The Wrightwood Property Owners Association (WPOA) is establishing a call center wherein residents can call and leave a message that they are in need of physical or emotional help or they are feeling isolated. This dedicated landline, for residents or businesses, can be used to request assistance (non-911 emergencies), to pick up medication, groceries, etc. They will also establish a phone chain to contact social-service organizations in the community. WPOA will also post this notice on Facebook. The landline is (760) 249-8038. A list of volunteers is being collected on how they can help. Please call the number above.
Friends give books a second life
Anna Cook and Sandi Hanlon, members of WFOL show off the beautiful book art. Photo by Terri McCawley Hill
By Terri McCawley Hill
Wrightwood Friends of the Library (WFOL) have added a new and original item to their bookstore. Old and damaged books get new lives, as beautiful works of art. Sandi Hanlon taught members of WFOL to fold pages of the books, following a pattern, and form a butterfly, angel, witch, and even the word ‘love.’ The art works are then adorned with lace, flowers, or other decorations, to finish the piece. Sandi explained that when books are donated to the library, they generally end up in the bookstore run by WFOL. It is a major fundraiser for the group that provides reading and entertainment programs at the library, throughout the year. Sometimes, the books that come in have water damage, torn pages, or have been written on. Other books have a damaged cover and the pages are fine, or vice versa. These books are usually sent to the County Library and destroyed. Through the book art, these books get a second chance delight and intrigue enthusiasts of all ages. “Sometimes,” Sandi said, “I use as many as three books to create one piece of art.” She made a Christmas tree from a book on every page was scribbled. The used book couldn’t be sold in the WFOL Bookstore, but now the artwork created can be sold, and the money donated to the library. “Extra pages that don’t get folded are used to make flowers, which are added for decoration. Three groups of women were taught to make the book art. Rather than charge for the class, Sandi asked each participant to make two books for the library. They started with a Christmas tree pattern, which they can make into witches for Halloween and angels for all occasions. “It’s very time-consuming,” Sandi added, “it takes 30 to 40 hours to make one book. It must be marked, folded (generally, each page has two folds), then decorated. Prices are based on the amount of time spent, and the amount of decoration on the book. A more elaborately decorated book will cost $25, a simpler one, $20. WFOL also sells books in their bookstore, fruitcakes, and book spines for their wall of supporters. Sandi started folding books years ago; she started with words, love, read. Etc. She does many different crafts, “Just for fun,” and enjoys teaching others.
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