Gearing up!

Spine repair

Well, things are underway at the library. We’re getting all the journals ready for digitization and getting all our systems in place for cleaning and repairing the books. We’ll be replacing spines and hinges, repairing corners and whole covers, tipping in individual pages, binding pamphlets, perhaps even de-acidifying some of the most brittle, but important books. How does one do all these things?

Last weekend was our first training in the repair work and it was a real joy. Maurice, who had a book-repair business locally for a couple years, gave Judith and me a basic tutorial. Now it’s time to practice on the very worst books (the give-aways, of which we have quite a few… we’ve been weeding our collection) and also get some additional training at the Camphill Copake bookbindery. By the time we open our doors for work parties later this month, and then for work weeks this summer, we should be all ready. Hope you can join us!

– Seth

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