Sustain-a-Book Contest

Breathe new life into an old book.

2017 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Sustain-a-Book contest!

"Singing in the Rain" by Paula Zeballos (Theme of Sustainability and People's Choice)

“Words That Soar” by Betty Armstrong (Literary Theme)

"Ode to the Caged Bird" by Reneshia Pye (Technical Skill and winner of bicycle drawing)

Bicycle Drawing

Each person who entered this year's Sustain-a-Book contest was entered into a drawing for a bicycle! The winner, Reneshia Pye, will receive an overhauled bicycle of her choice from Revolutions Bicycle Co-Op.

This prize is sponsored by the CBU Sustainability Committee.

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Get Inspired!

See our Pinterest page for project ideas and inspiration.

View past entries in our Sustain-a-Book Facebook album.

Sustain a Book Contest

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What is Sustain-a-Book?

Sustain-a-Book is Plough Library's repurposed book art contest open to all CBU students, faculty, and staff. Take an old, worn-out book and make something decorative, functional, or both.


  • Use an old book of your own, or take one from our Free Books shelves in the library. Please only use books in poor condition.
  • You may use more than one book, along with other discarded paper material (newspaper, magazines).
  • You may use other materials, as long as a book is part of the finished piece.
  • Make something of any size, preferably under three feet square in dimension. (NOTE: Larger items will not be disqualified but may be more difficult to accommodate in a library display of contest entries.)

Sustain a Book Winners

Singing in the Rain - Paula Zeballos

2017 Theme of Sustainability and People's Choice Winner - Singing in the Rain by Paula Zeballos

Words That Soar - Betty Armstrong

2017 Literary Theme Winner - Words That Soar by Betty Armstrong

Ode to a Caged Bird - Reneshia Pye

2017 Technical Skill Winner - Ode to a Caged Bird by Reneshia Pye

2016 Winner - Theme of Sustainability

2016 Winner - Technical Skill

2016 Winner - Literary Theme

2016 Winner - Aesthetic Appeal

2015 1st Place Winner - Journey Into a Book by Fouad Moursi

2015 2nd Place Winner - Nature of Knowledge by Anqi Zheng

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