Book Spine Poetry has been around since 1993 when Nina Katchadourian, American artist, developed the “Sorted Books Project.” A way to display books, Katchadourian sorted books into groups with titles that would create a whole sentence. Maria Popova of “Brain Pickings” adapted the idea into spine label poetry and thus the tradition began!
Always looking for creative ways to display books in the library, we often will use spine label poems to decorate the tops of the shelves and get out some of our books in an interesting and creative manner. We have challenged students and staff to visit the library and create their own spine label poems! Because it is poetry, there is a lot of room for creativity. The following are a few of the current spine label poems. Enjoy!