Support the Guild that supports you!

Dear members;

The Potomac board supports the national fundraising campaign towards the Guild’s strategic reserve. It is important for not-for-profits to maintain a healthy financial reserve to bolster against unpredicted events beyond forecasted budget expenses. Won’t you consider the GBW in your year-end giving?  (It is also a strategic way to get your hands on GBW swag for last-minute gifts for your benchmates, spreading the love two ways!)  The website is easy to click through, and doesn’t add a fee, unless you choose to donate to the giving platform!

Please check out the President’s message from your members’ email, or below.

Dear Members,

We hope that you will consider the Guild of Book Workers in your year-end  giving.  Your support will ensure the continued success of our organization, while helping to build and strengthen our existing membership benefits.  Donors can choose from a variety of thank you gifts, and all donors will be thanked on our website and in an upcoming issue off the Newsletter.  We hope to raise $15,000 by the end of the fundraiser on January 15, 2017.  

For more information or to donate now, go to:  Year-End Giving

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[This survey closed on November 30 and we are currently reviewing the data. Thank you for your responses!]

Hello! How are you? How are we doing? We would honestly like to know. So we have designed a brief survey. This is open for members and friends!

Please take a moment or two to respond to the survey, which may be found here:

In no more than 10 questions, we are looking for feedback about the events and programming we have and will continue to offer. Our chapter is as good as we, the membership, make it. And if you are not a member, we would like to know what would encourage you to be one, or participate as an occasional guest non-member, which is sometimes a better option for individuals for various reasons.

In addition to your national membership, benefits of chapter membership include preferential notice of ticketed events, and access to behind-the-scenes events with limitations of capacity.

(Did you know that some of us are even members of multiple chapters due to desire to attend other chapters’ workshops and events, and to stay in better touch? You can check out other regional chapters’ activity by looking at the blogroll sidebar of websites on our very own website, linked below.)


Book, Print, and Paper Gathering @ Pyramid Atlantic

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in their new location will be hosting a Book, Print, and Paper Gathering in their new location, featuring presentations from:
  • The Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
  • American Printing History Association, Chesapeake Chapter
  • Washington Rare Book Group
  • Corcoran Book Arts
  • Handpapermaking
4318 Gallatin Street. Hyattsville, MD 20781
October 6, 2016,  6:30-9:30 p.m.
Come for a gathering of Artisans and Artists, Book Lovers, Type Geeks, etc. for an evening of networking and fun.
Enjoy a tour of PAAC’s new home and hear about the 15th Annual Book Arts Fair coming in November, 2017.
Soft drinks, light snacks provided, but feel free to supplement with BYOB!


In other words, the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers will be joining forces with the Washington Rare Book Group, sharing a table at the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend in Arlington, VA, from Friday evening, March 4th through Saturday, March 5th. If you haven’t visited this fair before, it’s sure to be a treat – do say hello and learn more about the art and skills it takes to create these lovely books we admire, use, collect, and treat. 

Full details of the program are available at