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Workshop at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education

On Thursday I taught a bookbinding workshop to a small group of women at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education. They have several locations throughout the state of Vermont and I really appreciate the work they do.

From their website:

Central Vermont Adult Basic Education provides free literacy instruction for adults and out of school youth in the belief that a person who is literate has the essential key for self understanding and for full and active membership in the world. We carry out this mission with the engagement of our communities so that the hopes and efforts of our students will be championed every step of the way.

I was invited to the Morrisville Learning Center to teach bookbinding to a class of writing students. I love knowing that they are going to work on their writing skills using books made in class.

Bookbinding workshop at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education

I taught the group how to make a photo album using a Japanese stab binding. Over the two hours of the workshop, they got a crash course in the basics of making handmade books.

Bookbinding workshop at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education

The funniest moment came when the students heard that they were going to be using a power drill – none of them had ever used one before. It was an honor to be part of their initiation into the world of power tools.

Ladies – If you’re reading this, just know that you rocked the drill. Seriously.

Bookbinding workshop at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education

When I got home from the workshop, I was surprised to find that someone had secretly used my camera to take a picture of me while doing a demonstration. I’m the curly girl in purple.

Bookbinding workshop at Central Vermont Adult Basic Education

I really enjoyed the diversity of students I got to work with this week. I’m exhausted, but in a good way.

After my three consecutive days of classes, I came to the conclusion that teachers are super heroes. How do teachers work in schools all day long, five days a week and not collapse in the middle of the street? They’re drinking some magical unicorn juice. Seriously.

I have to find a unicorn before my next class at the Waldorf School.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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