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Sustain-a-Book Contest

Breathe new life into an old book.

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 new! Your creation can be 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.)

Past 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

fabian ortiz do no harm heart

2019 1st Place Winner - Do No Harm by Fabian Ortiz

mary anna tucker fall asleep

2019 2nd Place Winner - When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Mary Anna Tucker

Living God Gabriela Morales Medina

2019 3rd Place (Tie) Winner - Living God by Gabriela Morales Medina

Christian Brothers Would Not Exist Without U by Thao Anh La

2019 3rd Place (Tie) Winner - Christian Brothers Would Not Exist Without U by Thao Anh La

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