Book Care Workshop

Once more, MCHS museum staff have been galavanting across the nation in an attempt to improve our minds and, hopefully, learn something that will help us do our jobs better. As most of you already know, Mary attended the AASLH (American Association for State and Local History) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this past August. I recently went to Wyoming to attend a workshop on the care and repair of books. Okay, so it was only Wyoming, Minnesota! Even though I did not have far to travel, the workshop was well worth the trip. The presenter was a sales representative for DEMCO, a supplier of book and magazine supplies. Despite this, he managed to pack a whole lot of valuable knowledge into a short space of time. I now know how to simply and economically repair ripped pages, loose bindings and torn covers. Not only that, my vocabulary has been expanded to include such book care terms as “tipping in”, “super”, and “signature”. The workshop was held at the Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library and was sponsored by CMLE (Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange). If you have any questions on caring for your books, be they new or old, feel free to give us a call or send us an e-mail (320/632-4007; We love sharing information!

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