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, February 2, 2019 (time TBD)

Tour Jim and Alison Abraham’s Press

On February 2nd Jimmy and Allison Abraham will be welcoming us for a tour and demonstration of Sawmill Press, located near the Harwood Art Center. (Directions will be posted on our Yahoo list.) In the first portion of the tour we will learn about the history of the press and about their favorite resources including books, printing websites and suppliers. We will get to see examples of Jimmy’s work, Allison’s work, projects from previous printing workshops, guest printers, and work from other presses. The second portion will be a tour of the studio. There will be an explanation of presses and equipment and a review of type and ornaments. Then the Abraham’s will do a printing demonstration on the Vandercook. Also three of Jimmy’s books/pamphlets of poetry will be for sale. This promises to be an intimate and in depth tour of a local private press.

Sawmill Press Bio

Sawmill Press (est. 2000) is the letterpress workshop of Allison and Jimmy Abraham in Albuquerque’s Sawmill/Wells Park neighborhood.  Jimmy is a musician, song-writer and retired Spanish teacher.  Allison is a gardener, ensemble singer, tinsmith and retired architect.  They were born in other cities but were raised mostly in Albuquerque.  Both graduated from UNM and the Peace Corps.

Allison began learning the art of letterpress in 1997 with Kathy Kuehn at Salient Seedlings Press and they both later studied with Gordon Fluke at Santa Fe Community College.  Jimmy located presses, type and treasures when Kathy moved away and they wanted to keep printing.  Their 1890’s Chandler and Price Gordon press and two cabinets of type (originally from the Roy Daily Record in northeastern New Mexico) were purchased from Jason Kilihan’s Thistle Press in Santa Fe.  Pam Smith at the Palace of the Governors Press lined them up with their “Cadillac” press – a 1960’s  Vandercook Universal I proofing press with a moveable bed.  All in all they have four presses, 15 cabinets of type and seemingly tons of paper and books on books in a purpose-built studio.

There is limited space to move around so we need a fairly accurate count of attendees. If we have a lot of people joining then we may do two separate times for the tours. So can you please RSVP to Mita Saldana by January 21st  so we have time to get organized.

plus the Collaborative Book is underway – Contact Esther Feske for details.

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.