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).

For All Programs

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

Sale Table: We are starting a sale table available to members to sell small amounts of unwanted or used art supplies. This is not for finished art pieces, just an ongoing white elephant thing for those who may be cleaning out their studios year round. But please bring things in in small increments. We cannot accommodate a whole studio! 10% of sales shall be donated to LIBROS.

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, President. 505-281-5737

CALENDAR 2019–2020

Saturday, September 1, 2019, 9am–12noon

Dos por Dos Modified Piano Hinge Book
by Barbara Byers

This hands-on workshop is a dos por dos construction with a modified piano hinge binding.

Mita Saldana, President of Libros, will kick-off September's meeting with a Basic Book Binding Tool Demonstration (about 15 minutes). If you are new to bookbinding or just not sure what tools you should invest in... this will be a not-to-miss demonstration.

In this month’s presentation member Barbara Byers will guide us in making a Dos por Dos Modified Piano Hinge Book. Our model will be a dos-a-dos book with two single sections.

Dos-a-dos, from the French for "back-to-back", is a binding structure in which two separate books (or sections in our case) are bound together such that the fore-edge of one is adjacent to the spine of the other, with a shared board or cover between them serving as the back cover of both. (Think zig-zag!) 

This structure requires no stitching, instead, the binding is held together with a slotted technique in place of thread. Little or no adhesive is required, which will make a lot of you happy!

Supply List

  • Bone Folder
  • Cork back Ruler
  • Piercing tool (also called a needle tool)
  • Scissors
  • Blade or Xacto Cutter
  • Pencil
  • Cutting Mat
  • Double face tape or PVA glue and glue brush
  • Bring paper that you like for your folio's (inside paper) cut to 5.5" x 8.5"
  • You can also fold 8.5" x 11" pieces of paper in half and cut along the fold
  • Cover stock will be supplied and cut to size

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9am–12noon

Top Hinge Book with Calligraphy by Ginger Rice

Where bookbinding and Calligraphy collide beautifully. Ginger will demonstrate how to make a simple top stitch book, after that she will guide you through inspirational Calligraphy techniques.

Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9am–12noon

Center For The Book Tour at 10am - Must RSVP

Tour the Center For the Book at the Special Collections LIbrary at 423 Central Ave. NE, ABQ NM 87102.

plus November 9 – Santa Fe BAG

Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9am–12noon

Xmas Party and Gift Exchange! Also Star Book Ornaments by Esther Feske

Star Book Ornaments: We will make a few simple mapfold pages that make the most wonderful holiday ornaments.

plus Collaborative Presentation

Saturday, January 4, 2020, 9am–12noon

Collaborative Book Discussion and Two Sewn As One
by Terry Garrett

This nice sized book has two signatures, separated with a divider. This features a wrap-around cover that has a flap closure. This book makes for a great journal. Terry will demo how to create the book as well as have finished books for you to be inspired by.

plus Collaborative Presentation

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Paste Papers with Elizabeth McKee

Elizabeth will show you the multiple layered paste paper approach to paste papers  and then you will have the opportunity to do one of the techniques yourself.

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9am–12noon

Collaborative Assembly

We will assemble the annual collaborative book during this meeting.

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 9am–12noon

Carousel Book by Ruth Meredith

Learn how to create a modified Carousel Book. The pages are bound at the font edges of a folded two page ‘spread’ and these individual pages are assembled to create a simple form of ‘pop-up- book.

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9am–12noon

White Elephant Sale and 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 and used as a fundraiser for the Open Space Alliance.

Saturday, June 6, 2020, 9am–12noon

Drawing & Demo by Susan Clifford

Presentation: Susan Clifford will bring a variety of her artwork for show and tell.

Demo: Are you hesitant to draw in your books? Learn simple drawing techniques to incorporate into your books

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!

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

(Lists Updated 9-2018)

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.