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A collection of ready-to-use Kawaii craft projects

CHICAGO — Tiny, adorable, even cuddly: Kawaii, born in Japan, is the culture of cuteness, and its influence is seen worldwide in clothing, accessories, games, and food. In “53 Ready-to-Use Kawaii Craft Projects,” published by ALA Editions, bestselling makerspace, cosplay, and geek culture enthusiast Elyssa Kroski gathers dozens of popular Kawaii programs from creative and crafty librarians across the country. From monster emoji bookmarks and anime buttons to 3D printed animal earrings and origami fortune cookies, this book’s programs are sure to include many that will fit your budget, space, and skills. Among the other projects are:

  • keychains with felt or 3D printing;
  • slime squishies;
  • hosting a stuffed animal fashion show;
  • crocheted coffee cozy or puppy nose warmer;
  • tiny top hats with laser-cut felt cameos; and
  • how to Kawaii-ify a planner.

Kroski is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of numerous books, including “Law Librarianship in the Digital Age,” for which she won the AALL’s 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series “The Tech Set “ won the ALA’s Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State University, and an international conference speaker. She was honored with the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application.

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