Podcast: What’s Up Bainbridge:
“Yarn Bomb” art event at the Library on Aug 1st

<i>Podcast: What’s Up Bainbridge:</i> <br>“Yarn Bomb” art event at the Library on Aug 1st


WhatsUpPodcast_150x150 at 72dpi“Yarn bombing” has its origins in street art, where fiber is used to adorn public objects in unexpected places, such as posts, street lights and statues.

Now, picture this — “yarn bombing” happening inside of Bainbridge Public Library!

Carmine Rau, Youth Services Librarian at Bainbridge Public Library, holds up two books that prove that she did not make up the idea of "yarn bombing"
Carmine Rau, Youth Services Librarian at Bainbridge Public Library, holds up two books that prove that she did not make up the idea of “yarn bombing”

In this episode, BCB host Annie Osburn interviews Carmine Rau, youth services librarian, about the “Yarn Bomb the Library” event and art opening, coming up on August 1st.

The August 1st art opening at the Library, which will coincide with the Bainbridge “First Friday Artwalk” from 5pm to 7pm, will showcase the colorful and creative results from the week-long yarn art event.

Meanwhile, from July 28th to August 1st, patrons of all ages are welcome to “yarn bomb” Bainbridge Public Library’s youth services department, each day from 1pm to 3pm.

An early example of "yarn bombing" on display at the Library -- a yarn-wrapped and pom-pom adorned bookend.
An early example of “yarn bombing” on display at the Library — a yarn-wrapped and pom-pom adorned bookend.

“Some people see yarn bombing as graffiti done with fiber instead of paint,” notes Carmine. “For our purposes, yarn bombing is any sort of yarn art—knitting, crocheting, wrapping, macramé or pom-poms—that adorns the library in unexpected places for the amusement of others. Imagine knit-covered book carts or yarn-embellished library furniture and fixtures.”

The “Yarn Bomb the Library” event is designed to surprise and delight people, create a space for multigenerational mixing and socializing and to encourage creativity and craft.

A sketch of the Bainbridge Island Public Library by life-long island resident Kristin Tollefson.
A sketch of the Bainbridge Island Public Library by life-long island resident Kristin Tollefson.

Learn more about the “Yarn Bomb the Library” event at the Library website.

Credits: BCB host Annie Osburn; BCB audio editor and composer of “What’s Up” music splash: Tim Bird; BCB ferry music: Dogfish Bay Studios; podcast art: artopia creative. Bainbridge Public Library sketch by Kristin Tollefson.