Midwest Annual Meeting corrections and additional information

More Book Stores for the Sunday lingerers:

  • Myopic Books on Milwaukee avenue, for those who love a well-appointed used-books store
  • Quimby’s on North Avenue, for comics and zines fans

Both are accessible on the blue line, from the Damen stop.

One Change:
Taxim is not a hotel, it is a restaurant!

Parking tip:
The Newberry will validate parking tickets for the garage at 100 W. Chestnut (entrance on Clark St.). With validation, parking would be $8 for 0-6 hours, $9 for 6-8 hours. That’s probably the least expensive parking nearby.

2014 Midwest Annual Meeting

April 25-26, 2014 (Friday and Saturday)

The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Google Map of Events

Please join us for our Spring meeting in Chicago! An exciting program is lined up for Friday afternoon and Saturday at the Newberry Library. On Friday we will be treated to tours of the Newberry building tour and also the conservation lab. After Friday afternoon’s tours, we will reconvene at the Newberry for an evening reception to celebrate the Midwest Guild of Book Workers exhibition, Plainly Spoken. Special guest, MW Member and Exhibit Juror Richard Baker will lead a tour of the exhibition and talk about the judging process. We will return to the Library Saturday morning for our Midwest Annual Meeting while enjoying coffee and pastries. After the meeting, class participants will adjourn to the Conservation Lab where the two workshops will take place. Scott Kellar will lead the class, Limp Leather Yapp Edge Binding, while Lesa Dowd and Barbara Korbel will lead the class, Exploring Tackets. During lunch we will have a show-and-tell for members to share some of their most recent work. Following the classes we will walk to Connie’s Pizza to enjoy a relaxing dinner and drinks with fellow members. You won’t want to miss this meeting! Additional details, including the schedule of events, follow.

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2014 Midwest Annual Meeting Workshops

Midwest GBW Annual Meeting April 25-26, 2014
Workshop Information Chicago, Illinois

Saturday April 26, 2013
Participants have the option to choose one of two really great workshops again this year! To register, please send an email to Mary Uthuppuru, Programs Chair at mary@springleafpress.com.

Time: 9:00-4:30
Location: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street
Lunch: We will order lunch from a nearby restaurant in order to save time. Feel free to bring your own lunch along!
Workshop Fee: $65
Materials Fee: $25 *Payable to the instructors.

Newberry Tacket Example

Newberry Tacket Example

Workshop 1:
Lesa Dowd and Barbara Korbel: Exploring Tackets

Description: Tackets have been used as functional and structural elements in bookbinding since early times. In this workshop participants will explore structural tacketing through demonstration and practice, having the unique opportunity to examine historical examples of tacketing in early Newberry bindings. Various types of tackets will be explored including primary, secondary, endband, corner, and quire tacketing. Participants will take away a set of examples that they may use for consultation in future book art or conservation projects.

Tools and Supplies to Bring:
Ruler or straight edge, Scissors, Bone Folder, Awl, Japanese Hole Punch, Scalpel or X-acto knife, and Bookbinding needles.

Limp leather example

Limp leather yapp edge binding example

Workshop 2:
Scott Kellar: Limp Leather Yapp Edge Binding

Description: This style, though commonly used for religious books, is also perfect for smaller novels and books of poetry. Compact and sleek, it slips into the pocket or bag more sweetly than an iPhone! Using French split goatskin, this class will take you step-by-step through the process of creating this cover.

Students will need to bring teflon folders, a straightedge, dividers, paring knives and spokeshaves (with clamp device for leather) to complete this binding style. Also, students must bring a shoulder-less printed or blank textblock that is no larger than 7 x 5 inches for height and width by ½ to 1 ½ inches thick. Textblock should have a cleaned spine with a tissue/paste lining.


Annual Meeting 2014 – April 25-27

Midwest Chapter Annual Meeting

This year, we will bring our Midwest members together in the Windy City! Save the weekend of April 25-27, 2014 for a trip to Chicago to catch up with fellow Midwest members, take a workshop and so much more! Activities will be centered around the Newberry Library, where our very own traveling exhibit Plainly Spoken will be on display! I am working with our Chicago hosts on the rest of the weekend’s events, so there will be more information distributed once it becomes available. This is going to be a wonderful weekend so please join us!

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Mary Uthuppuru
Vice Chair/Programs Chair

Plainly Spoken exhibit opens at University of Kansas

The Midwest Guild of Book Workers traveling exhibit Plainly Spoken opened in Lawrence, Kansas at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas on November 11, 2013. There have been great positive responses to the wonderful selection of books gathered there. If you are in the area, stop in to see some of the great work produced by our chapter members! The exhibit will travel to four more Midwest venues after Kansas, so please check the schedule below to see when it will be in your area.

In the meantime, please enjoy the wonderful online catalog put together by our webmaster Eric Alstrom.  There you will find beautiful photographs and descriptions of each binding. The catalog will soon be made available for free download and will be available on the exhibit webpage,

For future exhibit venues and dates, see the schedule in the online catalog.

Please contact our Programs Chair, Mary Uthuppuru <mary(at)springleafpress(dot)com> with any questions.