Every wonder how books are made? Starting Nov. 19, you can find out at MacODrum Library’s Book Arts Lab during hands-on experience with everything from printing, bookbinding and papermaking to printmaking and calligraphy. Learn, too, about the history of the book.

Patti Harper, head of research support services, has been at the forefront of creating the lab, a collaboration of the book arts community across Canada and alumni, staff and faculty.

Patti Harper stands next to an antique printing press.

Patti Harper

“What makes this lab unique is that it’s built around experiential learning,” Harper says. “It absolutely relies on faculty to build it into their methodology.”

The inspiration for the lab came from a Chandler & Price Platen Press donated to the library back in 1988.

“We finally realized a few years ago how much could be possible with the printing press and how it could be built into instruction and teaching for faculty.”

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