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K–12 Programming

treasure chest students holding rare books

Since 1998, the Book Arts Program has provided hands-on education in art, history, cultural studies, and literacy appreciation to Utah's school children and educators. As current resources allow, many events are offered at no cost to participants, and programming seeks to serve audiences with greater need and fewer educational opportunities. Through K–12 outreach initiatives, the Program makes classroom visits and hosts workshops, celebrating the innovation, collaboration, and excitement for learning that come from expressing ideas through creative, hands-on experience.

Book Arts Treasure Chest

The Book Arts Treasure Chest takes book arts, a cross-curricular learning tool, directly into Utah classrooms. Treasure Chest teachers present a History of the Book lesson, using rare books and facsimiles as examples that students view and handle, then guide them in making a book that relates to the their current curriculum. To schedule a free Treasure Chest visit at your school, please email us at

Educators' Workshops

The annual educators' workshops provides teachers with ideas for cross-disciplinary lessons and bookmaking techniques to integrate into curricula. The Program strives to deliver a variety of bookmaking instruction suitable for teachers and students of all grade levels and abilities. We teach a free 2-day intensive every summer and offer half-day workshops for teachers throughout the year. If you are interested in a half-day professional development workshop for your district or school, please email

Resources for K-12 Teachers

K-12 Bookmaking Newsletter

If you are interested in receiving our K-12 Bookmaking Newsletter, please subscribe here. We send out a newsletter every six weeks with information on upcoming workshops for teachers, ideas for integrating bookmaking into your classroom, and more.

Free Prepared Bookmaking Kits and Lesson Plans

For teachers who are experienced in bookmaking and who have taken at least one of our past workshops, we're now offering prepared class sets of bookmaking materials on a limited basis, at no cost. Teachers can request prep for their class once each school year as our staffing and resources allow, for up to 40 students per class. Teachers must be able to pick up their materials at the Book Arts Studio at the J. Willard Marriott Library, during open studio hours (see posted at right). Class sets will be bundled, ready to pass out, and will include a lesson plan for the teacher. Tools will not be included in sets. For more information or to request class sets, email us at

We will be starting this program with the following limited sets, and plan to expand this list as we are able:

We are currently offering class sets for the following book forms (click on the book form name to download a free lesson plan!):



Upcoming Workshop

example of alternative letterpress techniques in one book structure

Making Short Work
of the Long-stitch

Saturday • August 5
1:00 – 5:00pm

Studio Hours

Summer Semester:
June 9 – July 28 

  • Monday – Wednesday:
    3:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Thursday – Saturday:
    11:30 am – 5:30 pm 
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Click here for complete hours including studio closures and holidays.

Related Links

Rare Books

Special Collections

 Last Modified 7/18/17