Mastering the art of book mending
DeKALB – A label pusher, half a clothespin and a small wooden stick are just some of the tools librarian Diane Tollhurst uses at the DeKalb Public Library.
Add a bit of glue, and she’s ready to work.
Tollhurst is one of the library’s part-time book menders, workers who spend several hours a week repairing the damage books have suffered while in circulation. Tollhurst, who has worked at the library for almost 20 years, started as book mender in the late ’90s.
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