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[BKARTS] Bookmaking at The Newark Public Library - Dec. 13

?Let?s All Make Books!?
Making Books by Hand with The Book Arts Roundtable
Saturday, December 13, 1:00 ? 4:00 pm
The Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07102

Free and open to the public. Materials will be provided at no charge.

Visitors of all ages are invited to drop-in between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 pm to learn and practice a variety of basic bookmaking and paper folding techniques. The event is a hands-on, ?make and take? experience at the end of which participants will be able to take home their creations, as well as instructions for making further books on their own. The event emphasizes bookmaking by hand as a fun, affordable creative activity that requires nothing more technologically-advanced than a pair of scissors or glue stick.

Through activity stations, members of The Book Arts Roundtable will demonstrate six different book-making techniques or processes, then assist visitors as they try the techniques themselves. Each station requires approximately 30 minutes for visitors to learn the technique, and create their own project. Among the techniques and different types of books to be made are: one-sheet books, accordion-fold books, and star books. For visitors who are 12 years of age or older and looking for something slightly-more advanced, a basic sewn-binding technique known as ?Japanese stab? binding will be demonstrated and practiced.

Participants also will have an opportunity to learn about the activities and resources available through The Book Arts Roundtable, and view works created by members of The Roundtable specifically for the occasion. The Book Arts Roundtable is an organization of book and paper artists and enthusiasts from throughout the New Jersey region, which meets monthly at the Baird Center in South Orange. Through meetings, instructional workshops, exhibitions, information exchanges and collaborations, the Roundtable encourages play, exploration, growth and creative expression in the areas of book and paper art.

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, More Than Words: Artists' Books and Book Art from the Special Collections of The Newark Public Library [<http://www.npl.org/Pages/ProgramsExhibits/Exhibits/artbooks08.html>], on view now through January 4, 2009, in the Third Floor Gallery of the Main Library.

For additional information about the program or exhibition, please contact Jared Ash, Librarian, Special Collections Division, at 973-733-7745, jash@xxxxxxx, or visit the program Web page at: http://www.npl.org/Pages/ProgramsExhibits/Programs/bookmaking08.html

The Newark Public Library acknowledges and thanks Karen McDermott and other participating members of the Roundtable for generously volunteering their time and expertise.

Jared Ash
Special Collections Division
The Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ 07101-0630
Tel. 973.733.7745 jash@xxxxxxx

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