How-To-Tuesday: Paper Towns Pocket Paper Library

Posted by Jamie Canaves


Unless you’ve been living under a paper rock (sorry, not sorry) we’re sure you’ve heard that John Green’s Paper Towns has been adapted into a film. 

And every Paper Town need a Paper Library of course! Now before you go Googling where to purchase a paper library we’ve got you taken care of. Here’s a printable, DIY, paper library that you can carry around with you in your pocket or purse or backpack!

What you’ll need:

  1. Print your Pocket Paper Library, printable version here. (Works best with thin cardstock but plain paper is fine.)
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue (toothpick, Q-tip, or disposable paintbrush great for spreading glue if you don’t like gluey fingers)
  4. Matchbox (a 2×1.5x.5” matchbox was used as a template)











  1. Print Paper Library


  2. Cut out the matchbox wrap as one rectangle.


  3. Cut out the inside panel.


  4. Cut out each book and if you wish write your favorite titles on the front and book quotes on the back. (This is especially a great idea if you’re gifting Pocket Paper Libraries because who wouldn’t love this as a gift.)


  5. Glue the inside panel inside the matchbox. 


  6. Fold the matchbox wrap on the black lines.


  7. Starting with the “In case of book withdrawal” Yellow Dot side glue the wrap around the matchbox. Cut any overhang.


  8. Once dry add your books inside and take your Pocket Paper Library with you everywhere you go!




Which of your favorite titles are you going to add to your paper books? I started with books on my TBR list because I’m excited to read them: The Bees by Laline Paull; The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs; and Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor.