Friday Feb 01, 2008

Center for the Book, traditional and non traditional book making

The other weekend I took my kids to the San Francisco Center for the Book on one of their Family Bookmaking Days

Wow. What a tremendous program. My daughter (5), is fascinated with making books, and this was pretty much heaven for her. She made 2 books in about 90 minutes. We probably would have done more if it wasn't (a) crowded as all get out and (b) lunchtime :)

The entire day was sponsored by The San Francisco Foundation and a national grant as well. Of course, my son (4) had a great time too - he was particularly fascinated by the printing presses, the typefaces (they have an entire wall of lead type) and a guillotine (for cutting \*paper\*). They were using the guillotine and we watched that for at least 10 minutes, talking about how it could easily cut fingers just like it was cutting that 1/2 inch thick stack of paper...

I hope they have another session soon - it was really fun!


 

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