That’s All She Wrote In 1941 Hannah Dustin French of the Wellesley College Library published an essay entitled “Early American Bookbinding by Hand.” In the essay, she makes mention of American’s first bookbinder: Bookbinding wasRead More
You know about library books, of course, but how much do you know about “library binding” – a formal bookbinding practice with standards and guidelines that has been around since 1923?Read More
Many of us have personal libraries, and within those libraries the chance that we own a standard hardcover book is high. Modern case bindings (also known as hardcovers) are everywhere. These bindings are constructed fromRead More
Preservation Week is here again! This weeklong celebration of preservation and conservation activities in libraries, archives, and museums is the brainchild of ALCTS, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, a branch of theRead More
“I am not so regular in my sleep as the Doctor (Rush) says he was, devoting to it from five to eight hours, according as my company or the book I am reading interests me;Read More

No Third Thursday Tonight

Posted by Mad Robins on March 16, 2017
Category: Uncategorized
The ABM will not be open tonight for Yerba Buena Third Thursday. Check back with us in April!Read More
We recently wrote about the tedious and arduous process of hand-sewn book binding and the hard work of the young women involved. But what about the book covers themselves? We thought it might be interestingRead More

For a Common Good

Posted by Mad Robins on March 1, 2017
Category: History, Unions in the Bindery
The history of unions in the US is firmly rooted in the much older Guild system that arose in medieval Europe (and which in turn may have sprung from the collegia of the Roman Empire).Read More
It’s that time again! It’s Color Our Collections week, a project hosted by the New York Academy of Medicine, in which museums, libraries, and archives around the world create coloring pages inspired by items in theirRead More

February is Book Fair Month

Posted by Mad Robins on January 31, 2017
Category: Community, Event
Two major events in the Bay Area this month for book lovers and book artists. Codex 2017 is part of the 6th Bienniel International Book Fair and Symposium at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbor Way South, inRead More