For Healthy Books
Have a book properly restored before it gets worse.
Keep books out of extreme elements (concentrated lighting, direct sunlight, high heat, smoky areas).
Store books in environmentally controlled areas.
Store tall and large books or books with flexible covers by laying them flat rather than standing.
Do not store books in plastic, brown paper, or newspaper.
Clean leather books periodically with a slightly damp, soft cloth. No other treatment is needed if book is still functional.
Wrap a book in a towel then place in plastic bag, squeezing out the air, if bugs/insects, active molds, or mildew are noticed—or if book is wet. Place in the freezer, preferably a deep freeze.
Avoid using books for storage of things like newspaper clippings, pressed flowers, keepsakes, etc.
Take a book from a shelf by pushing back the neighboring books and gripping the book at the spine. Pick up a book with both covers closed or supported. Avoid taking hold of any book at the top of the spine.
Avoid placing Bibles or study books in the side pockets of carrying cases with handles. And, don’t carry the books using the handles. Best to carry in arms providing support to book and especially the spine.
Avoid home repairs on books, such as use of cellophane, duct tape, or masking tape on tears or to repair covers; as well as glue in spine or on covers or painting soiled areas. Consult a qualified bookbinder. If unsure about a binder being qualified, ask to see samples of their work and/or obtain references.
Guild of Book Workers
The Guild of Book Workers is a national organization, with 10 regional chapters, which includes Texas (the Lone Star Chapter), representing the hand book and paper crafts. Membership is open to all interested persons. For membership information go to the website or write to the membership Chairman, Guild of Book Workers, 521 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10175.
The Guild has publications for its members, and also offers an annual seminar for members, exhibitions, a lending library, and keeps members informed as to educational opportunities available in all the 10 chapters.
The Lone Star Chapter
This is Texas’ regional Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. It generally encompasses the state of Texas, but invites all Guild members near and far from Texas to be a part of it. The Chapter offers workshops and other educational events to further members’ education.
The Miniature Book Society (MBS)
This Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 in the United States which now enjoys worldwide membership. It sustains an interest in all phases of miniature books and is a clearing house for information through its journal, the “MBS Newsletter”, and an annual Conclave. The MBS is interested in promoting all aspects of the book arts with special affection for the small format.
The Society of Bookbinders, United Kingdom
The Society of Bookbinders is an educational charity dedicated to traditional and contemporary bookbinding and to the preservation and conservations of the printed and written word. The Society is organized into 8 regions in the UK plus an overseas group which includes the U.S.
This calligraphy organization, based in Dallas, TX, was organized in February of 1980. Meetings are held on the 2nd Saturdays of 9 months of the year and includes educational programs. Workshops and special seminars are offered frequently. Kaligrafos also joins with other Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana groups in offering workshops and various educational opportunities.
Books ‘n Letters Studio recommends the following suppliers for bookbinding or calligraphy supplies:
- Harmatan & Oakridge Leathers 2008 Ltd., Higham Ferrers, Northamptonshire, UK http://www.harmatan.co.uk
- The Japanese Paper Place, Toronto, Canada, http://www.japanesepaperplace.com
- Washi Arts, the U.S. supplier for The Japanese Paper Place, http://www.washiarts.com
- Talas, Brooklyn, NY http://www.talasonline.com
- J. Hewit & Sons Ltd., Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland http://www.hewit.com
- P&S Engraving, Portslade, East Sussex, UK http://www.pandsengraving.co.uk
- BookMakers, College Park, MD http://www.bookmakerscatalog.com
- Paper and Ink Arts, Nashville, TN http://www.paperinkarts.com
- John Neal, Bookseller, Greensboro, NC http://www.johnnealbooks.com