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.


Important Notes
Schedule of Events
In your free time…

Important Notes:

  • Both workshops filled at a record speed this year which hasn’t happened during my time as Programs Chair. I know that the workshops really make it worth the travel, but I encourage you all to come for the rest of the events planned this weekend. It will be a great chance to see one another, a great city, and to show off what you have been up to.
  • Do you have any book related items sitting around your studios and binderies that you always thought you would use, but now you want to get rid of (text blocks in sheets, catalogs, etc)? Bring it with you! The weekend is a perfect time to swap the things that you are tired of with people who would love them.
  • Consider carpooling! If you have extra room in your car, or don’t have a way to get to the meeting, reach out to fellow Midwest members! Many of us are spread out, but lots of us drive to the Annual Meeting. Let’s pool resources and get as many of us to the meeting as possible!
  • Parking near The Newberry: Attendants will have to find public parking to attend all events in the city. You can use the google map included at the top. Click on the place you are visiting. Then click the “Search Nearby” link and type in “Parking.” I have done the search myself and there are several garages within a block or two.
  • Parking Validation: 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.
  • Please notify the programs chair (mary@springleafpress.com) if you will need a computer/projector for slides during the lunch show-and-tell
  • For Workshop Attendants:
    • Please bring cash or check for materials payable directly to instructor at class ($25)
    • Please bring cash for lunch ($8) or bring your own lunch.
  • Those attending the Saturday dinner:
    • Please bring cash for Dinner ($27)
    • Dinner includes soft drinks, coffee and tea. Cash Bar will be available for those interested.
  • All checks payable to GUILD OF BOOK WORKERS.
  • Lunch and Dinner monies will be collected at the Saturday morning meeting.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, April 25, 2014
(All events on Friday take place at the Newberry)

1:30- 2:15 p.m.
Newberry Library Building Tour
Location: Meet in 1st Floor Lobby
John Brady, Director of Reader Services and Curator of Americana
Please put coats and bags in 1st floor lockers. Cameras are okay.

2:30-3:15 p.m.
Newberry Library Conservation Lab Tour

3:30-6:00 p.m. Members may use this time to:

  • Research in the Newberry Reading Room (Reading Rooms close at 4 P.M.)
  • Explore the Newberry Bookstore
  • Check into Lodging

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Evening Reception
to celebrate the Midwest Guild of Book Workers Plainly Spoken Exhibition

6:30 p.m.
Discussion and Guided tour
by Richard Baker, Exhibition Juror

Saturday, April 26, 2014
8:15-8:30 a.m.
Meet in Newberry Lobby
Coats and Large bags must be put in lockers. Bring money for materials, lunch and dinner to meeting, also tools for class and notebooks. Food and drink is not permitted beyond the security gate.

8:30-9:30 a.m.
Midwest GBW Annual Meeting
Location: Towner Fellows’ Lounge Coffee and Pastries

9:30 A.M.-4:30 p.m.
Exploring Tackets Workshop & Limp Leather Binding Workshop
Location: Conservation Lab

12:30-1:15 p.m.
Lunch for Class Participants
Show-and-Tell of recent work by Midwest members

4:30-4:45 p.m.
Depart from the Library

5:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner at Connie’s Pizza
Cash Bar begins at 5 p.m.
Dinner served 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 27, 2014
No formal Sunday activities are planned. Most museums, book stores and art stores have Sunday hours. Other city activities this weekend include and International Antiques Fair and BaconFest (Yes, really!).
Check out updates for other Chicago happenings at http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca.html and
Most of these hotels will offer a special Newberry rate. Please ask about this rate when making your reservation.

Hotel Indigo
1244 North Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 787-4980

The Talbott Hotel
20 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (800) 621-8506

The Tremont Hotel
100 East Chestnut Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 751-1900 or (800) 621-8133

The Whitehall Hotel
105 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 944-6300

Fairfield Inn and Suites
216 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Newberry reservations contact: (312) 596-9057
Phone: (312) 787-3777

Best Western River North
125 West Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (800) 727-0800

Hostelling International – Chicago (Family Hostel)
24 East Congress Parkway
1-312-360-0300 or 1-800-909-4776 code 244

Taxim – this is a restaurant, not a hotel!
1558 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 252-1558
just a few steps from the Damen stop on the Blue line


In your free time…

Art Supply Stores
Paper and Art Supplies
Dick Blick
36 S. State Street (Corner of State & Monroe)
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 920-0300

Paper Source
232 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-0798

Paper Source
919 W. Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 525-7300

Some Chicago Bookstores
Barbara’s Bookstore (Macy’s)
111 N. State Street
(312) 781-3033

Barnes and Noble DePaul Center
1 E Jackson Boulevard
(312) 362-8795

The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 293-2665

Newberry Bookstore, Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

Poetry Center of Chicago
37 S. Wabash Avenue
(312) 899-1229

Powell’s Bookstore
2850 N Lincoln Ave
(773) 248-1444
(great “books on books” and rare books!)

Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in Printer’s Row
714 S. Dearborn Street
(312) 922-2104

Savvy Traveler
310 S. Michigan Avenue
(312) 525-9300

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

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Home of the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers, the national organization for all the book arts. The Midwest Chapter serves members in the greater Midwest region, sponsoring workshops, exhibits and other events in the areas of bookbinding, artists books, printing, papermaking, and all the book arts.

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