Have your ever wondered what happens to a book after it falls out of routine circulation? In some cases it might find its tattered old cover and yellowing pages listed for a buck outside of some nostalgic old second-hand bookstore. Then again it could find itself in a Farenheit 451 bungle and disappear entirely. But if it’s lucky, it may find a prosperous second life at the Reanimation Library, a small, independent library based out of (where else?) Brooklyn. At the Reanimation Library, books are transformed into valuable visual resources for any and all sort of anthropological or artistic pursuit, from gathering research for that long-ignored historical novel, to finding inspiration for the final strokes of brilliance over that incomplete canvas.
Lucky for you, during the months of March and April, 186 Carpenter (located at, you guessed it, 186 Carpenter Street on Providence’s West Side) will be hosting a branch of the Library in Residence, where you can sign up for classes offering guidance on using the collection to create personal encyclopedias, reclaim and reinvent discarded images as captivating new fictions, create bound journals and more. Check it out for a completely fresh take on the library.