On Friday, May 31, I taught a basic book repair workshop sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation consortium. This workshop covered the basics of repairing books. In many cases, this is all you need to get by. We mended paper tears with heat set tissue,
tore and repaired hinges using Japanese paper, tipped-in loose and torn-out pages, repaired torn end sheets and repaired damaged spines. These are repairs I do almost every day and which I’ve taught as useful skills in the workshops.
After lunch, we also toured Preservation and Special Collections. It was a small but good group. They represented library staff from Appalachian State, UNC-W, Rowan County Public Library the Orange County Historical Society and the Webb Memorial Library in Morehead City. We also managed to fit in making books-always a hit. It was a good day, doing good work.