Welcome to LIBROS

LIBROS is New Mexico’s Book Arts Guild offering a variety of inspiration for both traditional and experimental artist’s books. We hold regular meetings on the 1st Saturday of the month, as well as annual and special exhibits. We welcome new members and guests – please see our Calendar page a list of upcoming meetings.

Next Meeting

September 5, 2015

Program: Grungy Effects for Decorating Paper
with Micaela Siedel

Download Materials List PDF

Micaela Seidel will present a demonstration featuring various techniques on how to create grungy surfaces on paper. We will work with inexpensive household products such as bleach, rubbing alcohol, and coffee grounds and prepare a sampler of decorative papers that can be referenced for use in journal pages or collage. Bring several small sheets of inexpensive medium weight (90 lb or higher*) watercolor paper, your bookbinding kit and a small bottle of gel medium (Mod Podge is okay though other brands are nicer to use. You should also bring a few buttons, beads, pieces of chain or interesting looking scraps that will be used in a bleach resist. Download Materials List for more details.

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2015 New Mexico State Fair

Wednesday, September 10 – Sunday, September 20, 2015

LIBROS members exhibit each year at the New Mexico State Fair in the Creative Arts Building at the NM Expo during the month of September.

For entry requirements, download the Bookbinding PDF from the Creative Arts page.

Entry Dates

Friday, August 28, 9am – 5pm
Saturday, August 29, 9am–5pm

For download rules for other Divisions, visit the Creative Arts Entries & Rules page. Acrobat Reader may be required (free from Get Adobe Reader).

2015 Rotunda Gallery Show

New Mexico State Capitol Building
Juried works by Santa Fe Book Arts Group Members

Exhibit will open on Friday September 4 with the
Opening Reception on Friday, September 18, from 4–6pm. 

The Rotunda show is presented every two years by the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG).  Many of our LIBROS members and the LIBROS approved Book Binding Study Group (BBSG) are members of BAG.  Below is a list of the artists whose individual work was selected as well as a collaborative book. 

Congratulations to LIBROS members selected to be in this outstanding show of book arts: Vicki Bolen, Carol Erickson, Dale Harris, Pam Mackellar, Barb Macks, Lee Mann, Margy O'Brien, Amy Sproul, Beverly Wilson, Linney Wix.

Collaborative work, Imprints of Home, submitted by Carrol Moxham includes art and poetry by Vicki Bolen, Esther Feske, Dale Harris, Christine Herman, Frank Melcori, Trish Meyer, Carrol Moxham, Margy O'Brien, Kent Swanson and Mary Sweet.

This year, the Rotunda Show is the feature event of a 3-month “Santa Fe Book Art Celebration” that will also include a wide range of activities and events to highlight the many talents of the BAG members. 

LIBROS Yahoo Group

If you’re a LIBROS member, don’t forget to join librosnmbag where you can keep up to date with fellow members. Karen Woolsey is the Moderator of the LIBROS Yahoo Group. To sign up so you can post messages, first open a Yahoo Groups account, then send Karen an email at: (her email is also on the Yahoo Groups home page near the logo).


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Meeting Location

LIBROS meets at the Manzano Mesa Center on the 1st Saturday from 9am to 12 noon (more info on our Calender page).

Latest Newsletter


Download the July 2015 (Revised edition) Newsletter (534KB PDF) for the latest LIBROS news.

"Trying It Out"

August 2014

LIBROS is pleased to announce a new program called "Trying It Out" which will be especially helpful for beginners. We will work through Alisa Golden's book Creating Handmade Books, one chapter at a time. At each monthly meeting, you can bring the book you made during the previous month and get help with any of the steps. You can buy this book online at Amazon or borrow it from the LIBROS library (for one month only!). For more info, email Mita.

Pay by PayPal/Credit Card

LIBROS accepts online payments for Membership through PayPal’s secure online payment system. You do NOT need a PayPal account to pay by credit or debit card. Membership renewal is due by September of each year.