Barbara Maurillo Workshop Coming Up

Two Days, Two Boxes: A Workshop with Barbara Mauriello
There are still spaces in this workshop!!!
October 20 – 21, 2012
(Saturday and Sunday)
10 am to 5 pm
$200 (members)
$250 (non-members)
$20 Materials fee
University of the Arts
333 S. Broad
2nd floor bindery
For information click HERE


The Philadelphia Center for the Book is pleased to present our Summer Book Arts Workshop Series with book artists Mary Elizabeth Nelson and Lucía Farías, July 21 & August 4, 2012.

Each workshop is $75/Members, $95/Non-Members. Material fees are paid to the Teaching Artist on the day of the workshop.

All workshops will take place at The University of the Arts, 333 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
Paste Paper, $75/Members, $95/Non-Members, $40 Materials fee

Instructor: Mary Elizabeth Nelson
Saturday, July 21, 2012
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Deadline 7/16

Secret Belgian Binding, $75/Members, $95/Non-Members, $20 Materials fee

Instructor: Lucía Farías
Saturday, August 4, 2012
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Registration Deadline 7/28

To register e-mail

We are also partnering this summer with Second State Press!

The Philadelphia Center for the Book and Second State Press are pleased to present a Summer Book Arts Workshop Series with book artists Mary Tasillo, Lauren Abshire and Amanda D’Amico, August 12 to September 9, 2012.

All PCB/SSP workshops will take place at SSP,
Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street, B103, Philadelphia, PA 19122.

To register visit
Join us for all three workshops to create a book from start to finish or join us for one to learn some skills.

Each workshop is $75/Members of the Philadelphia Center for the Book and/or Second State Press, $95/Non-Members.

Tactile Writing: Text, the Image, and Graphics, $75/Members, $95/Non-Members, $5 Materials fee

Instructor: Mary Tasillo
Sunday, August 12, 2012
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Polyester Plate Printing for Quick and Easy Editions , $75/Members, $95/Non-Members, $40 Materials fee

Instructor: Lauren Abshire
Sunday, August 26, 2012
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Simple Sewn Book Structures, $75/Members, $95/Non-Members, $15 Materials fee

Instructor: Amanda D’Amico
Sunday, September 9, 2012
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Practical Origami Workshop with Bill Hanscom

June 10, 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Held at:  The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, 19107

Participants will learn to transform simple sheets of paper into a variety of books, envelopes, folders, boxes and other useful objects through the art of paper folding. Using a simple set of tools, we will manipulate paper (with the occasional cut & and rarely adhesive) into elegantly simple and dynamically functional objects. Participants will have the opportunity to work with many different papers as well as less conventional materials such as Tyvek®.
$10 materials fee paid to instructor
A check holds your spot.
Please make the check out to: The Guild of Book Workers
Mail it to:
Alice Austin
The Library Company
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107

Required tools: bone folder, utility knife, 12″ steel ruler, 12 x 18″ self-healing cutting mat, & pencil.

Bill Hanscom is a project conservation technician at the Weissman Preservation Center for Harvard University libraries, where he treats a broad range of special collections materials. He is also an adjunct instructor in Bookbinding at Montserrat College of Art.

Fast, Friendly, Free Workshop

Making a website using internet based editing platforms
Taught by Christopher Thompson

Saturday, May 12, 2012

10 am – 12pm

Members Free, all others $5 at the door.

The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street

We will explore various solutions for artists to easily create their own portfolio website. We will discuss using free and paid online software such as WordPress, Apostrophe, or Indexhibit that can be used to create and edit your website from anywhere. We will discuss choosing a platform, finding a host, and using the software.
To RSVP click

Second Annual Edible Book Festival

Philadelphia Center for the Book and the Queen Village Art Center are happy to announce 

the Second Annual Edible Book Festival!


Sunday, April 1, 2012 
4:00pm until 6:00pm
Queen Village Art Center
514 Bainbridge Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The International Edible Book Festival is held annually world-wide on April 1st, partially to celebrate the birthday of French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 – 1826), and partially to celebrate the fun of eating your own words.

An edible book can be simply defined as an edible object that somehow relates to books. It may integrate text, illustrate literary titles or content, or represent book form. You can read more about edible books at the official website,

Join us for refreshments, crafts, and, of course, edible books. Vote for your favorite and then eat it! Artists’ talks will take place at 4:30 and, while the votes are being tallied, the eating of the books will begin.

Want to enter your edible tome into the contest? 
Visit the PCB site to download an entry form.

For more information, please contact Valeria Kremser at

Collaborative Book Project: Secondary Colors

Boutet’s 7-color and 12-color color circles from 1708
  • Any DVC member in good standing may participate.  You must remain a member through 2013, when we plan to exhibit the books twice.
  • The theme is secondary colors and you may interpret that any way you like. 
  • We would like to make a book that contains alternatives to the standard signatures such as: accordions, pop-ups, map folds, fold-outs, pockets, etc. 
  • Your edition final size must be 4”W x 7”H (after folding) and ready to sew into a book structure.  
  • The edition number will be the number of participants plus 3.  Two extra for books that will be bound and donated to book arts collections and the third will be exhibited with your book. 
  • You will bind your own book in any way you want.  We will offer some suggestions to those who would like guidance. You will provide the binding materials. 
  •  If you are an out-of-town member, see the timeline below. 
  •  You may collaborate with another member. 
  • The exhibit will consist of each person’s bound book plus their piece, unbound.  (Both will be returned after the exhibit)
  • Commitment to participate is due April 12. The date is firm. Entry fee due: $25, payable to the Guild of Book Workers.  The check will cover exhibition and mailing expenses.  
  • Notification to participants of edition number:  April 13 
  • Meeting for participants to see folding ideas:  April 28. This meeting is not required. 
  • Long-distance member editions due: October 26.  The date is firm. 
  • Local editions due Saturday, November 3, 2012. The date is firm.  To be delivered in person, if possible, to the Library Company.  That day we will collate the book and discuss binding ideas.  This is when you will get the contents of your book, so you should really try to come to this event. (If your edition is not ready by November 3, 2012 (or October 26 in the case of long-distance member) it will not be included in the collaborative book. No exceptions, no refunds!) 
  • Compiled editions sent to long-distance members:  week of November 5 
  • Finished book due:  Saturday, January 12, 2013.  The date is firm. We will have a little party to celebrate and see each other’s finished books.  
  • Exhibition at the Cabot Science Library at Harvard University:  January 24 to May 19, 2013.  We will pack the books and ship them to Harvard where DVC member Todd Pattison will install the exhibit.  The books will return to Philadelphia and be exhibited at a venue yet to be determined.  (If you do not get your book to us by January 12, it will not be in the exhibit.  No exceptions, no refunds!)
Questions?  Email me:
 Commitment to Participate
Entry Fee:  $25 payable to The Guild of Book Workers mail to:
Alice Austin, Library Company, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA  19107.

A Survey of Italian Ledger Bindings – A Talk

Friday, March 2
The Library Company of Philadelphia
Cassatt House, 1320 Locust Street, Philadelphia
Reception at 5:30 p.m., Program at 6:00 p.m.
Eileen Wallace, Visiting Assistant Professor in Printmaking and Book Arts at the University of Georgia, will discuss the results of her research regarding Italian ledger binding structures.  She will also share images of her recent work inspired by these simple yet striking books.  The lecture will include an examination of the remarkable Biccherne, or painted wooden book covers, used exclusively on account books in Siena, Italy from the 13th-17th centuries.  

An event co-sponsored by:
Delaware Valley Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and The Library Company of Philadelphia

Click HERE to RSVP to this event.