LIBROS Calendar

Guests are welcome to our meetings, but please note that for project-based programs, members will receive supplied program materials first. Guests are welcome to participate if there are extra materials.

Social hour is from 9:00 to 10:00, followed by our regular meeting, which begins at 10:00. Please be prompt for the class, as we will start right after the regular business meeting.

Programs run from August – June. There is no scheduled meeting in July.

We meet in Albuquerque (see Meeting Location to the right for details).

For All Programs

Free Table: Anything art related that you would like to clean out and share with the club is always welcome.  

Sale Table: We are starting a sale table available to members to sell small amounts of unwanted or used art supplies. This is not for finished art pieces, just an ongoing white elephant thing for those who may be cleaning out their studios year round. But please bring things in in small increments. We cannot accommodate a whole studio! 10% of sales shall be donated to LIBROS.

Show and Tell Table: We love to encourage sharing our current works. We have a talented group of people who work in all sorts of mediums that are pulled together in book or box form. Pieces don’t have to be finished. You can also bring things in to discuss for help or inspiration. We will start this portion of the meeting early so make sure to show up on time!

Please feel free to email or call Mita with any questions,
Mita Saldana, 505-281-5737

CALENDAR 2023–2024

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Saturday, May 4, 2024

“They Had No Time To Say Goodbye”
with Rose Marie Prins

My LIBROS workshop will start with a PowerPoint presentation on my career as a maker of artist’s books, with a focus on my books relating to activism. The culmination of this is my most recent book, They Had No Time to Say Goodbye, created during a winter 2023/24 residency at an artists’ retreat in Guadalajara, Mexico. They Had No Time to Say Goodbye accompanies a multimedia installation of the same title that features four long, hanging scrolls (that fold into accordion books) comprised of x-rays with indigenous women’s and girls’ faces scratched onto them. The theme of the project is the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women, particularly as it relates to New Mexico. The installation, along with the book, was exhibited in Guadalajara in January, 2024. (See my accompanying artist’s statement below).

I am inviting artists from the world over to participate in the project. So far, artists from Seoul, London and Guadalajara have contributed portraits on x-rays. I plan, during the workshop, to invite LIBROS members to participate by drawing portraits of indigenous women to incorporate into the multimedia installation They Had No Time to Say Goodbye. Some may choose to tape their drawings onto the windows of the hall, tape an x-ray over it, and scratch a portrait onto the x-ray which will be added to more scrolls of faces on x-rays. Ideally, we would use light boxes to accomplish this. But daylight works well also. Those who chose not to scratch their portraits onto x-rays will be invited, in the spirit of collaboration, to donate their drawings of indigenous women to the project for others, in subsequent workshops, to scratch onto x-rays. 

I anticipate that some participants will be experts at portraiture, others may need instruction. I used to teach drawing at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and I continue to include drawing instruction in my painting course on Zoom through the Morean Arts Center in St Petersburg, Florida. Instruction in portrait drawing will be included in my workshop. 

In the fall I plan to take the project to Europe. I’ll be inviting artists in Germany and Portugal (where I will be attending an artists’ retreat) to participate.  

If you want to participate in etching the x-rays, please bring the following:

  • Several sheets of tracing paper, minimum 9” x 11” 
  • Soft pencil (4B)
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Ruler
  • Masking, Painters’ tape or Cellophane tape
  • Scissors
  • Black and white print(s) of an indigenous woman’s face (or faces).

X-rays will be provided.

Artist’s Statement: Shortly after returning to New Mexico in September, 2022, I was confronted by a billboard with a blown-up face of a young Native American woman with one word: HOMICIDE. As a mother who had lost her only child six years earlier; and as an apartheid-era South African, sensitized to gender-based oppression, and as a feminist, this image struck me deeply. I was compelled to action. 

Proportionately there are more missing and murdered indigenous women than any other group. Media and governments, in their silence, are complicit. My project evolved into a series of artist’s books as part of a multimedia installation incorporating antique china doll limbs and scraps of red women’s and girls’ clothing: a metaphor for missing, murdered and trafficked daughters. I, and artists from around the world, are scratching hundreds of faces representing missing daughters and their mothers on old x-rays. 

The x-rays are a reminder of Native females’ transience and fragility in the face of violence. This is increasing due to “Man Camps,” established on Native lands as a result of the North American oil boom. The x-rays, enhanced with red (the color signifying the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's movement), are stitched together to create scrolls. Four scrolls are now complete. They are suspended from the ceiling above a heap of desert sand in which the antique doll limbs and scraps of red females’ clothing are partially buried. 

Accompanying the installation is an artist’s book of the same title that addresses the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls from the grieving mothers’ perspective. I am consulting with members of the indigenous community to ensure that this project has maximum impact and respects Native American mores.

Upcoming LIBROS Events & Programs

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Saturday, June 1, 2024

How to Make a Pop-up Book
with Susan Clifford

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Special Collections Tour and Lunch

Saturday, August 3, 2024

Julie Wagner. Artist Talk

Saturday, September 7, 2024

Jacques and Terry: Infinity Book/Card x Two



LIBROS meets on the 1st Saturday from 9am to 12 noon (unless noted).

9:00–9:30 Social Time
9:30–10:00 Show & Tell
10:00 Meeting begins.


Manzano Mesa Center
501 Elizabeth SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
[Google maps]

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Bookbinding Kit (PDF)

Don’t leave home without your bookbinding kit! Remember that many of our meetings are “hands-on” and the best way to learn new techniques is to try them yourself!

Book Lending Library
Library List by Title (PDF)
Library List by Author (PDF)
Collaborative Books (PDF)

Lists updated 9-2018.

Debbie Finfrock is the current Librarian.

LIBROS has a collection of over 100 books, magazines, collaborative books, CDs, and DVDs for loan! There’s a wealth of information just waiting for you to use. We will have a few varied titles at each meeting for you to peruse and/or borrow. The charge will be $1.00 a month (payable upon check out) for ONE month. If you wish to keep your book another month, there will be an additional charge of $1.00, but you must return it by the time that month is over, or 2 months maximum in your hands. This is in consideration of your fellow LIBROS members.

When you peruse the list, you’ll be amazed at the breadth of the Bookbinding/Book Arts information available to you! Your rental fees go toward acquisition.

Click the links below to see a few of the available books in various categories: