ABM @ ALA

I spent the past few days in Orlando, Florida, attending the American Library Association Annual Meeting. It was, as always, an inspirational and thought-provoking experience, as well as being just plain fun. The gathering of thousands of library people never fails to be enjoyable and interesting. From the serious gatherings

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Third Thursday at the ABM: Bloomsday Speed Reading

On Thursday, June 16, the American Bookbinders Museum celebrates Bloomsday with a speed reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses. Visitors are invited to read 30 seconds of the text, then pass it along to the next person. Do it once, do it twice, or just listen. As always, Third Thursday runs from

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Join Us for SF in SF in June

  SF in SF June 12, 2016 at 6:30pm Good books, good friends, and good conversation. Please join us for another evening of readings hosted by SF in SF. This June’s readers are Rudy Rucker and Michael Blumlein; they will be reading, and participating in a discussion moderated by Bay

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How to Use the ABM Library

The ABM Library and Archives are up and running! Not everything has been cataloged yet – more is added to our catalog every week – but with over 3,000 items in the library catalog and close to 18 linear feet of archival documents and photographs organized, it seems like time and

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The Bookbinders Directory is Live

The Bookbinders Museum is delighted to announce that our Directory of Bookbinders is now available on our website. To access it via the website, go to the Collections page, scroll down to “Bookbinders Directory”, and click on View. Scroll down to find links to the directory, organized by Name, by

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Point Reyes Bookstore up for sale

(Photo by Terray Sylvester / The Chronicle)   http://blog.sfgate.com/bookmarks/2016/05/20/point-reyes-books-up-for-sale/   One more of our lovely independent bookstores may be closing, as the owners wish to sell the business. For more information please see: ptreyesbooks.com   — Jane Rades

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Happy Hour at the Bookbinders Museum

It’s the Thursday evening before Memorial Day weekend. Maybe you’ve got plans, maybe you’re looking to start the weekend a little early. Or maybe you’d like to unwind after a busy day and do something a little off the beaten path. We have you covered. The first ABM Happy Hour

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Welcoming SF MOMA Back to the Hood

On Saturday, May 14, the American Bookbinders Museum is joining with all our SOMA/Yerba Buena neighbors to celebrate the grand-reopening of SF MOMA. A whole day of activities are planned, from dawn to dusk (well, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) including free entry at neighboring museums. Have timed-entry tickets

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The Clash of Man and Master

In 1740, when James Fraser (seen left) was born, the route to being a master bookbinder was clear, if not necessarily easy. Start in your mid-teens as an apprentice, survive apprenticeship and receive your journeyman papers, and finally–with luck–become a master. Apprenticeship, during which time a youth was trained (and

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Celebrate Independent Book Store Day!

Tomorrow, April 30, is Independent Book Store Day. Here in the Bay Area we are fortunate to have a plethora of wonderful bookstores. Why not visit one or two? And as a reminder, the American Bookbinders Museum Book Store carries a great selection of books, bookbinding, and book building. Happy

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