Libraries, bookstores, and book lovers all over the world create and share bookfaces—photographs where the photographer manually lines up a model’s face or other body part with a book cover so that the two seem to blend into one. You can find them on social media any day of the week, but especially on Fridays under the hashtag #bookfacefriday. From now until July 31st, you can view a selection of JCPL’s bookfaces in the library gallery.
The Jessamine County Public Library began taking and sharing bookfaces on Instagram back in 2015 as a fun way to highlight different books in our collection. We were thrilled when the New York Public Library reposted our tenth bookface to their Instagram feed. Since then, the NYPL has reposted a total of five of our bookfaces. A Dutch magazine called Flow even published one of our bookfaces in an article about the trend.
Sometimes we get lucky with our bookfaces and only have to take a few shots to get the image we want. Often, however, it takes hundreds of shots to get everything lined up, especially when there are multiple areas of a book to line up with the model. To get an idea of just how tricky they can be, look for our behind-the-scenes images on our Instagram account @jesspublib.
Or, you can try it yourself! This summer, JCPL is sponsoring a bookface contest for patrons. From June 4th through July 22nd, the patron who creates the best bookface on Instagram will win an Instax Mini camera.
To enter, tag your photo #jcplbookfacecontest. If your account is set to private, you may direct message us the photo; however, the library reserves the right to repost your photo (with attribution) to our social media accounts. You must be able to pick up your prize at JCPL. As always, JCPL employees and their families are ineligible to win prizes.
Meet JCPL’s bookface team and get tips for creating your own bookfaces at the following events:
Summer Teen Program: Bookface Photo Contest
Thursday, June 28, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meet the Artists: Team Bookface
Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.