Color Our Collections 2017

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 their collections. Officially it runs February 6-10, 2017, but really, you can print our pages and

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February is Book Fair Month

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, in Richmond. The Book Fair is open to the public, and runs Sunday, February 5 through

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Floods and Disasters: 1966 and 2016

Fifty years ago last night, the Arno River in Florence burst its banks and flooded the city, reaching depths of 18-22 feet. Water raged through the streets at some 30-40 miles per hour, tumbling cars and even newsstands as easily as if they were children’s toys. Shops on the famous

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American Publishers’ Bindings at the Rare Book School

I was looking for someone, and I had been here before. Staring down the long aisle, I blinked hard, and looked at the slip of paper in my hand. A bunch of letters and numbers, written in pencil. A call number. I squinted at my own jagged vertical printing. “Is

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A “New and More Perfect” Conservation Lab

Benjamin Franklin wrote his own epitaph as a youth while working as a printer’s “devil” (apprentice.) We’ve paid homage to this clever metaphor before, but it is worth repeating.

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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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Join Us for Third Thursday at the Bookbinders Museum

On March 17 between 5:30 – 8pm, the Bookbinders Museum will be open late for Third Thursday, honoring St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, and our new exhibit on Women Bookbinders. Come take a tour, cruise the bookstore, or check out a selection of material from the Museum’s collection about women

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#ColorOurCollections 2016!

The craze for coloring books continues to grow! If you (or people you know, of any age) enjoy coloring, as I do, then you’re in for a real treat. This week, the New York Academy of Medicine is sponsoring a special collections coloring fest on social media!

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