Spring Greetings!

April is in full bloom here in Winston-Salem and it is beautiful!  What a great month to start planning for summer activities and for opening the windows for spring cleaning!  My newsletter gives you ideas for activities now and later, as well as focusing on a spring cleaning task of caring for your books.

Saturday April 23

Come find my booth at the annual Earth Day celebration at the fairgrounds!  This remarkable celebration of the earth has grown from a small collection of die-hard environmentalists to a well-attended event with something for everyone.  I will be emphasizing the books and papers I create from thrift store cast-offs and other sustainable materials.  I promise demonstrations as well as items for sale.
The 2016 Piedmont Earth Day Fair will offer more than 100 earth-friendly vendors and exhibitors. For more information, check out Piedmont Environmental Alliance.


Do you know about Little Free Libraries?  From their website: To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations. There are over 36,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world, bringing curbside literacy home and sharing millions of books annually.  The idea is for people to provide small covered shelves to hold books that anyone might help herself to.

Several of my neighbors have been busy creating and installing these libraries in our neighborhood.  I have been inspired by this energy to create a very little library of my own.   It will be completed soon and is being entered into a juried art show. (Send me some good wishes toward acceptance, please!)  Each of my tiny books (1-1.5″ high) is a multi-signature, hand-sewn book, complete with interior writing.

So take a walk around your own neighborhood during this lovely spring weather and select the perfect spot to install a Little Free Library of your own…

Spring weather means spring cleaning for many people.  In your spring cleaning, please do give ALL your books a good dust off.  It is all too easy to move into a house, get the books onto the bookshelves, and then simply admire them – never touching them for years.  At least once a year you need to:

  • remove all the books from the bookshelves and check them for any moisture, mildew, or bug damage
  • rearrange them – books get squeezed by others on the shelf and need to breathe a bit
  • dust them well – the best thing to use is the old fashioned soft cloth (I am still using some of the cloth diapers my 26-year-old used)
  • when dusting the shelves, do not use any products that leave residue; instead select something as simple as a little white vinegar in water – allowing the shelf plenty of time to dry of course before re-shelving your books
  • clean leather bound books with a basic leather care product, slowly and gently wiping the cover.  Don’t be surprised if you find that dirt has been camouflaging the original color of the leather.
  • and if you find a favorite book with a torn hinge, ripped pages, or a cover that is more off than on, take it immediately to your friendly bookbinder who will be delighted to work her magic…


I am sending out letters to local art teachers seeking one or two apprentices for my studio,  If you know of someone interested in trading 10-15 hours per week of labor in return for learning and free attendance at workshops, please let me know ().

Last, but not least please do check my calendar below for exhibits, venues and classes. I have my summer pretty well scheduled already.  Do keep in mind that I am always interested in customizing class offerings for individuals.  Contact  for additional information.


Anne Murray
Bookbinder and Papermaker

April 2016