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Here’s a novel idea: masks made of books.

Aaron Robertson

July 30, 2020, 3:04pm

Is the only thing that stands between you and wearing a mask a breezy summer read? Probably not, but one professor at Mercer University, Tennille Shuster, recently devised a creative way to emphasize the importance of diligent mask-wearing.

Shuster, the Director of Graphic Design at Mercer, created a limited series of book masks that she called “Please Wear This Book.” Each set of beautifully produced masks spelled out a simple, encouraging phrase: “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”

Altogether, Shuster sold 17 book masks to people and institutions around the country, including a few libraries and a pediatrician who wanted to use the book to encourage mask-wearing among his patients.

You may one day spot a Shuster mask in the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library. The museum acquired one of the masks as part of their rare books and manuscript collection.

If you’re interested (and low on your mask supply? Tired of the same bland cloth design?), you can find more literary-themed masks here.

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