LIBROS Calendar

Guests are welcome to our meetings, but please note that for project-based programs, members will receive supplied program materials first. Guests are welcome to participate if there are extra materials.

Programs run from August – June. There is no scheduled meeting in July.

We meet at Manzano Mesa Multi-Generational Center (see Meeting Location to the right for details).

2018–2019 Programs

Free Table: Anything art related that you would like to clean out and share with the club is always welcome.  

Show and Tell Table: We love to encourage sharing our current works. We have a talented group of people who work in all sorts of mediums that are pulled together in book or box form. Pieces don’t have to be finished. You can also bring things in to discuss for help or inspiration. We will start this portion of the meeting at 9:15 am sharp so make sure to show up on time!

Please feel free to email or call Mita with any questions,
Mita Saldana, VP in charge of Programs. 505-281-5737


Saturday, January 5, 2019 (9am–noon)


with Esther Feske

Download PDF flyer that describes the 2019 Collaborative Book.

Our next meeting in January will be a presentation on the history and types of zines, which will be the basis for the 2019 Collaborative Book. We introduced the project at December’s meeting and received a great response with over 20 people signing up for it so far.

We are making zines! A ’zine (from “magazine”) is a small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images, reproduced via photocopier. Zines are made by a single person or a very small group, and are photocopied into physical prints for circulation. Some are serialized and have subscribers! Look up Zines on the internet for ideas.

Saturday, February 2, 2019 (time TBD)

Tour Jim and Alison Abraham’s Press

Tour of a working letterpress studio. (Time to be determined)

plus Collaborative Book – Turn in your pages

Saturday, March 2, 2019 (9am–noon)

Collaborative Book Assembly

We will assemble the annual collaborative book during this meeting.

Saturday, April 6, 2019 (9am–noon)

Making Paper Bag Journals

with Annie Hooten

Learn this fun and easy technique for assembling paper bags to make a handy journal that can then be filled with paint, collage, stenciling, writing, etc. Annie will have a completed sample to display but the project will mainly deal with assembling the journal. You may have time after assembling the journal to start on the decorative aspect of it. Small paper bags will be furnished and after the meeting you can then go on to use many different sized bags and let your imagination run wild.

May 4, 2019 (9am–noon)

White Elephant Sale
Poetry Chapbook Production

Sell your unwanted/excess book arts supplies, art supplies, art books, tools or related items.

We will be helping to sew the poetry chapbooks produced by Escribiente Caligraphy Group and used as a fundraiser for the Open Space Alliance at their annual Poets' Picnic event (May 25, 2018).

June 1, 2019 (9am–noon)



Please feel free to email or call Mita with any questions,
Mita Saldana, VP in charge of Programs. 505-281-5737

LIBROS Book Lending Library

Remember that we have books and DVDs to borrow at each meeting! If there is a particular book you'd like to borrow, please contact Glo Cantwell before the meeting (see sidebar to the right for details and a downloadable list by title and author).


Meeting Location

LIBROS meets at the Manzano Mesa Center on the 1st Saturday from 9am to 12 noon (unless noted). Note that we are now meeting at the West Social Hall until further notice.

The Center is located at:
501 Elizabeth SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
[Google maps]

Bookbinding Kit (PDF)

Updated December 2015

Don’t leave home without your bookbinding kit! Remember that many of our meetings are “hands-on” and the best way to learn new techniques is to try them yourself!

Just Do It and Exchanges

This year, LIBROS is offering a number of "Just Do It" special interest groups for members only. Groups will meet outside of the regular monthly LIBROS meetings to give members an opportunity to explore book structures, content, box making, and more. Each group will decide how often and where to meet.

In the past, LIBROS has held monthly exchanges of Matchbox books and ATC card exchanges. In addition, we will add a Mail Art exchange. Members can participate as often as they choose.

Book Lending Library
Library List by Title (PDF)
Library List by Author (PDF)

(Lists Updated September 2018)

Debbie Finfrock is the current Librarian.

LIBROS has a collection of over 100 books, magazines, collaborative books, CDs, and DVDs for loan! There’s a wealth of information just waiting for you to use. We will have a few varied titles at each meeting for you to peruse and/or borrow. The charge will be $1.00 a month (payable upon check out) for ONE month. If you wish to keep your book another month, there will be an additional charge of $1.00, but you must return it by the time that month is over, or 2 months maximum in your hands. This is in consideration of your fellow LIBROS members.

When you peruse the list, you’ll be amazed at the breadth of the Bookbinding/Book Arts information available to you! Your rental fees go toward acquisition.