On Friday, December 12th, I traveled to Charlotte – Mecklenburg Public Library to teach a book repair workshop sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium. They came from Fayetteville, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Raleigh. The twelve attendees represented public, community college, university and school libraries. We also had library school students from UNC-G and UNC SILS.
This was a basic book repair workshop and so we covered the basics. The workshop was almost totally a hands-on workshop where I demonstrated a technique and each person had the chance to practice. Together, we all did tipping-in loose pages, repairing paper tears with heat-set tissue, spine replacement, paperback repair, Japanese tissue hinge repairs and replacing end sheets. One individual brought some of their own books to work on, so we also repaired those items together. I enjoyed meeting and working with this group and appreciated the hospitality of Jane Johnson and Robert Stocker at CMPL. I hope to continue these workshops into the future.