By Josh Beckelhimer, student assistant worker in Langsam Library
Booksellers began using book jackets, or “Dust Jackets,” during the 19th century to protect books, often made with expensive materials like silk. Initially, they were thrown away after their new owner brought them home. They gradually became decorative, and with the addition of the author picture and biography, eventually became integral to the advertising of books. After World War I it was common practice for top artists to design book jackets. Book jackets provide their own flair and personality to a book apart from what’s inside. They give the reader an idea of the book’s essence.
Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00pm, join us by the Triceracopter on the 4th floor of Langsam Library to design a book jacket of your own and enjoy autumnal snacks!
Choose a book that made a personal impact on you, design the jacket and put your personality into it. Bring your creativity to capture the essence of the book and the essence of its effect on your life.
You don’t have to be a top artist to make it personal to you! We will also be hearing the story behind the title selection for The Other Wes Moore.