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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Third Thursday at the Bookbinders Museum

A reminder that this month’s Third Thursday will feature the poems from last weekend’s Lantern Review reading program, used as a vehicle to explore the ABM, and our notions of what a book is. Visitors can write their own haikus, or create a chapbook of poems (or both). We may

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Lantern Review and SF in SF This Weekend

The American Bookbinders Museum is delighted to host two sponsored events this weekend! The first, on Saturday, April 16, at 7pm, will be a celebration in honor of National Poetry Month organized by The Lantern Review, the online journal of Asian-American poetry.

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We are saddened by the news…

A longtime San Francisco bookstore loses its lease: Castro Books Inc. We are glad Books Inc. remains alive and thriving in other locations but they will be sorely missed by their Castro community.

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ABM Closing Early on Tuesday, March 15

The Bookbinders Museum will be closing at 3:30 on Tuesday, 3/15, for a private event. The last tour will be at 1pm. We’ll be back to our usual schedule on Wednesday, and hope to see you soon.

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Visiting the ABM before, during, and after the Superbowl

There’s a lot of excitement in our neighborhood this week and next, but for those not Superbowl-inclined, the thought of venturing downtown to visit the Bookbinders Museum may be daunting. Fear not (but remember: public transportation is your friend!).

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New Day for the Bookbinders Museum

The ABM is pleased to announce Saturday hours! The museum will be open from 10am – 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  Docent tours are offered at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm; admission is $10 for a one-hour tour.  Admission to the exhibition space and bookstore is free. We hope to see you soon.

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Ceci Ne Pas Un Printing Press

Patent diagram for James Watts copying press, 1780 In 1780 the Scots inventor James Watt (also the inventor of the steam engine) patented two versions of the copying press, which is notable as the only press not generally used by industrial printers and bookbinders. An ingenious device, its original purpose

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Volunteer Meetup at the Museum Tonight!

We are so excited for our first monthly Volunteer Night tonight, July 23rd at 7pm.  This is a time for you to meet museum volunteers and staff, take a tour of the museum and hear about our upcoming projects. If you cannot make this event please sign up here so we

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Tool maker’s search for apprentices

In Japan, the last craftsman of delicate scissors, nigri basami, searches for an apprentice.

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