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MORLEY - One of Janessa A. Scott’s most inspirational quotes comes from noted scholar and writer Frank Barron - “The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, then the average person.”

The self-proclaimed Mad Recycler, Ms. Scott, Madrid, will bring her creativity and love for making something new out of something old to the Morley Library, 7230 Route 27, today at 2 p.m.

“What better guest to have on Earth Day?” said Patricia T. “Pat” Dominie, a member of the Morley Library Association. “I’ve seen her a couple of times at different functions around the county. It’s interesting stuff that she does.”

Using items like bedsprings, soup and soda cans, old keys, coffee filters, and buttons, Ms. Scott produces homemade wreaths, flowers, and other keepsakes. She says her craft is half about the art and half about being responsible towards the environment.

“I really like to see what I can do with something someone else would throw away,” she said. “I consider myself to be still finding myself in the world of crafting and am finding I do not like to create things out of normal products.”

Her true passion is bedsprings, from which she can create wreaths, butterflies, pumpkins and a number of other items.

“I look for them everywhere because they can be found in just about everything mechanical. Many times I will just sit on the floor with a pile of them around me and start bending and manipulating until I see something,” Ms. Scott said.

She said she finds materials in junk drawers, garages, old barns, and flea markets, but that her favorite place to shop for art supplies is the thrift store.

“I was recently overjoyed to find a roll of zipper. You find all sorts of random things at a thrift store,” she said. “The hardest thing about living in the north country is finding supplies.”

Participants at the library Sunday will get a look at what Ms. Scott can do with old books. She plans to demonstrate how to make wreaths, flowers, and banners out of the pages.

Free and open to the public, according to Mrs. Dominie, the program is another in a series being offered at the library.

“We’re trying to offer a couple of programs a month. We’ve had a historical presentation from Bryan Thompson, a couponing program, and several children’s crafts and projects. I think people are pleasantly surprised at what this little library has to offer,” she said. “We’re trying to build circulation and attract new and different crowds.”

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