LIBROS Past Programs Archive 2019–2020

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June 13, 2020

Show and Tell

Mita & Annie will share some of the Journals they worked on.
Esther Feske will show her Miniature Book Collection.

May 9, 2020

Our May program was ONLINE as a virtual class!

Details are included in your May Newletter Email Blast.

Art journal

Nicole White will show you how to make a simple book that is somewhere between a Junk Journal and an Art Journal. These techniques can also be used for Travel Journals, Memory Journals, Bullet Journals etc...

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April 4, 2020

This meeting was cancelled due to Covid-19.

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March 7, 2020

Collaborative Assembly

We will assemble the annual collaborative book during this meeting. Please check the newsletter for full details.

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.

January 4, 2020

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.

We will also discuss the Collaborative book coming up in March 2020.

Bring a basic bookbinding kit!

  • X-acto knife
    Cutting Mat
    Needle & waxed linen thread

December 7, 2019

Annual Holiday Party & Gift Exchange*
Also Star Book Ornaments by Esther Feske

gift being exchanged

NEW LOCATION: Quality Suites, 1501 Gibson Blvd, ABQ 87106 [MAP]
(on the Corner of Gibson Blvd SE & University Blvd SE)
Someone will be in the lobby to guide you to the 3rd floor via elevator.

* Bring or make a gift for the gift exchange ($10 purchase value)

Bring food and/or drinks to share for our Potluck

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

Star ornament


To be provided by LIBROS:

  • Printed instructions
  • 3” squares of holiday-colors text-weight paper (mostly red, green, blue, printed one side)
  • 1 ½” squares of holiday-colors cover paper for covers
  • Enough of both for each person to make about 4 ornaments (depending on attendance)

Please bring with you:

  • Glue Stick – good brand like Uhu or Elmers Craft Bond
  • Bone Folder
  • Scissors
  • Scrap paper to glue upon (phone book, catalog)
  • Quart Baggie to carry it all home
  • Method 1 binding:
  • Thin narrow ribbon (we will use 4 to 6 pieces about 16” long)
  • Method 2 binding:
  • Hole Punch (1/8” if you have it) and
  • 4 to 6 ordinary wire paper clips (color ones are good)

Esther Feske got an early start in being an artist, thanks to her mother and aunt, both art teachers, and her inventive father. After earning a BA in art education, she attended the University of Iowa where she received MA and MFA degrees in graphic design and photography. In the pre-computer world, she was designer, proofreader, and editor of commercially-printed books for ten years and, with a computer, continues in this field. She has explored many media -- drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, collage, assemblage, and calligraphy. A bookbinding course from Mita Saldaña in 2001 sparked her passion for making handmade books, as they can include all her artistic interests. She is a four-time winner of “Best of Show” in bookbinding at the State Fair. She says that the good company of other artists is a special benefit of the several artist groups she attends.

2nd PRESENTATION: Secret Bonus Paper Thingy

Information and supplies provided at the Meeting/Holiday Party

We will also discuss the Collaborative book coming up in March 2020


Saturday, November 2, 2019

Center For The Book Tour

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

The Center for the Book is located in the Special Collections Library, a branch of the Public Library of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. The Center teaches about the history of writing and books.

Here you can learn about the history of the written and printed word from hieroglyphics to those ancient artifacts we call typewriters. You can experience books in all their varieties, from antique editions to pop-up and miniature books.
The adjoining Press Room contains two replica and three antique presses, in addition to many examples of typeset and tools used in printing.

October 5, 2019

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.

September 7, 2019

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

August 3, 2019

38 Books – A Presentation by Pamela Armas

Pamela will bring 38 books to show to the group which includes a large range of bookmaking and design techniques to inspire and delight you! Pamela will also discuss the cloth book exchanges she has organized for over 15 years.

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





LIBROS meets on the 1st Saturday from 9am to 12 noon (unless noted).

9:00–9:30 Social Time
9:30–10:00 Show & Tell
10:00 Meeting begins.


Manzano Mesa Center
501 Elizabeth SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
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