Altered Book Art Exhibition

Tenley-Friendship Library

Altered Book Art Exhibition

Show us your creative side in our first ever altered book exhibition!

Show us your creative side at Tenley-Friendship!

What is an Altered Book?

An “altered book” is a book that has been transformed by creative means into a work of art. Creating altered books may be as simple as adding a drawing or text to a page or as complex as creating an intricate book sculpture.

Entry Specifications:

  • The exhibition is open to anyone. Youth (under 18) may be assisted by adults. One entry per person. Must be a member of DC Public Library to enter.
  • Each participant will be given ONE unsellable book that has been donated to the library. It can be picked up at the Adult Reference Desk. Do not use a library book!
  • There are NO RULES about how to alter your book – you can add to, delete from, cut up, collage or reconfigure the book – in short, whatever comes to mind.  
  • All entries must be submitted no later than April 3, 2015.
  • Employees of DC Public Library are encouraged to submit entries.
  • Click for the Altered Book Exhibition Rules.


There will be an opening reception in the Large Conference Room 6:30-8:30 p.m. on April 7. Invite friends and family!

The altered books will then be on display from April 8 to May 1 in the windows as you enter the library. The Library has the right to display all entries in any manner we see fit.


  • Brandon Digwood,, 202-727-1225
  • Bobbie Weaver,, 202-727-1449
Need some inspiration?

Check out the links below for more information on and examples of altered books.