On Friday, June 3rd, I taught a Basic Book Repair Workshop at the Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. The workshop was held at a beautiful location with a very nice facility nicely tucked away from the hectic roads in Raleigh. The park is surrounded by NC State test farms, and hosts the last working gristmill in Wake County (still in operation).
The workshop covered basic topics for those who may attempt to repair items in their circulating collections: using heat-set tissue for paper tears and repairs; tipping-in loose pages; tearing and using Japanese paper for hinge repairs; spine replacements; paperback repairs and end sheet replacement. There were participants from Duke Law Library, Elon, Wilson Public, Appalachian State, Ayr Mount Historic House in Hillsborough, a UNC SILS Grad student, and a textile conservator from New Bern. The workshop was a great experience with engaged people. It is always nice to give people the skills they need to maintain their collections and find new ways to care for them.