LIBROS Calendar

Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming programs.

* Archive of Past Programs 2017-2018

* Archive of Past Programs 2016-2017

* Archive of Past Programs 2015-2016

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.

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018 (9am–noon)

Our May meeting is a two-parter: A White Elephant Sale and the production work on a Poetry Chapbook which is a fundraiser for Open Space Alliance:

White Elephant Sale

First part of May meeting is our white elephant sale of your unwanted / excess book arts supplies, art supplies, art books, tools or related items. We suggest you donate 10% of your sales to Libros, more if you wish. Having items already priced will save time. You may bring things to give away if you wish. And bring lots of cash to take advantage of other peoples' white elephants!

Poetry Chapbook Production – with Dale Harris

Event: Saturday, May 26, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm

Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120 
(505) 897-8831,

LIBROS book arts group is a community sponsor of the annual Poets’ Picnic at the Open Space Visitor Center, along with Escribiente calligraphy society and the New Mexico State Poetry Society. Calligraphers will write haiku chosen from submissions by New Mexico poets on brown paper bag tags called Weathergrams for display on trees and bushes at the Open Space grounds. 

Escribiente and LIBROS will make chapbooks of these Weathergram poems for sale, to benefit the Open Space Alliance, a volunteer organization which supports and promotes open space activities. The day includes calligraphy demonstrations, a haiku workshop and nature walk in the morning and an afternoon of music and poetry. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnic lunch while enjoying music and poetry outdoors. Free admission, open to all.

Saturday, June 2, 2018 (9am–noon)

Long Stitch Book

with Mita Saldana

Learn to make a non-adhesive book that has multiple signatures sewn directly through the cover, creating a pattern of colored thread across the outside of the spine. This book would make a great travel journal as it is soft bound and therefore very light. It also has the ability to lay flat when opened, which makes it easy to write in. For a lovely finishing touch the back cover wraps around and up over the front cover with a bead and thread closure.

Bring your basic tool kit. Anything else will be notified closer to the class.

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)

(List Updated October 2015)

We have 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. I will have a few varied titles at each meeting for you to peruse and/or borrow. I will need your name and phone number on the card that is in the item you wish to use. 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! If you have books about which you are passionate, let me know the titles so we might be able to add them to our library. Your rental fees go toward acquisition. If you have suggestions or questions about the Library, please contact me at – Glo Cantwell