Midwest Annual Meeting 2017

This year, we will be gathering in Bloomington, Indiana, April 7-8, 2017. Home to Indiana University and Breaking Away, there is a lot to do and much to see! Continue to check in with the website as event details are updated.

Registration is now open. To register, email: kharding(at)charlestonlibrarysociety(dot)org

We hope you join us! Lodging information is at the end of this post.

F R I D A Y,  A P R I L  7 th

1:00-2:00pm. E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab Tour
Auxiliary Library Facility
851 North Range Rd, 47408

Tour the building for a behind the scenes look at the preservation lab that treats book and paper materials from the Indiana University collections. The lab is home to general collections conservation, paper conservation, automated box-making, and special collections conservation and exhibit prep.

FOR PARKING: Please park in the ST labeled parking spaces (directly east of the ALF facility). Do not park in the EM-S spaces.     To find the lab: Enter the front doors into the vestibule. On the east wall, the left side as you face into the lab, there is a phone to ring into the work areas. Select the button marked “Preservation” then press the “Call” button to ring the Preservation Lab. A staff member will meet you at the door.

3:00-4:00pm. Lilly Library Collection Highlights
Lilly Library, Slocum Room
1200 E. 7th St, 47405

We have curated a selection of materials from the vast holdings of the Lilly Library. This is a unique opportunity to see some amazing items including: fine bindings, artists’ books, and historic materials selected especially for our group.

FOR PARKING: Parking is strictly enforced on campus, however, there are two paid lots near the library. The Lilly Library will validate your parking ticket for a reduced rate. The Indiana Memorial Union lot. Visit this page for more info.

4:00-4:30pm. Registration
Lilly Library, Slocum Room
1200 E. 7th St, 47405

We will have a table set up 30 minutes before the lecture. The rest will be handed out at the annual meeting on Saturday morning.

4:30-6:00pm. Lecture with Jim Canary
Lilly Library, Slocum Room
1200 E. 7th St, 47405

Dinner on your own


S A T U R D A Y,  A P R I L  8 th

All events on Saturday will take place at the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab Tour & Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF). 851 North Range Rd, 47408.

8:30-9:00am Breakfast

Come enjoy a light breakfast of bagels, coffee, and juice before we start our busy day together.

9:00-10:00am. ANNUAL MEETING

Join us for the reason we all come together this weekend! Give your input on the Chapter’s activities and learn the plans for the coming year.

10:00am-4:00pm. Workshops

Pick from one of two workshop options. Both workshops cost $70.00 plus individual supply fees, listed below. A few audit spots are available for $30.00 once workshops fill.

Awl Shapes and Sizes with Brien Beidler.(left image) Supply fee $15.
The Conductive Book with Mary Uthuppuru. (right image) Supply fee $20.
Full descriptions here.

12:30-1:15pm. Lunch

Lunch is on us! The chapter will cater lunch this year. Menus will be sent with registration confirmation.

6:30pm. Dinner

Location: TBA


S U N D A Y,  A P R I L  9 th

No activities are planned. However, there are several fantastic breakfast and brunch options in town! See below for a few…

Runcible Spoon Cafe & Restaurant. 412 E 6th St.
Uptown Cafe. 102 E. Kirkwood Ave.
The Village Deli. 409 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Scholars Inn Bakehouse. On College Ave. on the square and by Target on E. 3rd st.
Scenic View. 4600 S. State Rd. 446
Feast Bakery Cafe. 581 E. Hillside
Btown Diner. 211 N. Walnut St
Bloomington Bagel Company (BBC).
425 E. Kirkwood; 238 N. Morton St.; 913 S. College Mall Rd; 1318 E. 3rd St.
Farm Restaurant. 108 E. Kirkwood Ave.
The Owlery Restaurant (Vegan and Vegetarian). 118 W. 6th St.

Coffee and baked goods
Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar. 322 E. Kirkwood; 1400 E. 3rd St.; 1815 E 10th St.
Rainbow Bakery (vegan). 201 S. Rogers St.
Hopscotch Coffee. 235 W Dodds St. Stw 102.



The weekend’s events will take place at the Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF) and on campus at the Lilly Library on Friday, and at the ALF and Downtown Bloomington on Saturday.

Bloomington is a small town so anywhere you stay will be convenient! Visit the Visitors Bureau website for a list of hotels and B&Bs!

Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF)
851 North Range Road, Bloomington, IN 47408

Lilly Library
1200 E Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405

“Downtown” Bloomington


2016 Midwest Annual Meeting in East Lansing, MI

The next Annual Meeting will be April 22 – 24 at Michigan State University with local hosts Bexx Caswell, Patrick Olson and Eric Alstrom.  We are in the early stages of planning, but there will be workshops, exhibits, tours, social events and of course our annual meeting!

Mark the date on your calendars and we hope to see you there!

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

Annual Meeting 2013

April 12-13
Iowa City, Iowa

Bexx Caswell - spines of Miniature Monster Books

Bexx Caswell – spines of Miniature Monster Books

We are really excited to have this year’s annual meeting in Iowa City! This will be a wonderful opportunity to see all the book arts activities Iowa City has to offer and a chance to meet even more Midwest members doing interesting things.

Registration is now open for the workshop portion of the weekend! (see below) Some events on this schedule are yet to be announced due to a few details that are still being worked out. An updated version of the schedule will be posted here and sent through email. Thank you for your patience!

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