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Learn to create your own book

Instructor Gil Gonzalez signs a photo book he created.Digital cameras have helped us all to be better photographers, but don’t just leave all those great photos on the hard drive of your computer. The Hayes Presidential Center has a great idea for you. Our staff will show you how to easily and economically create a personalized book with your images.

The Center’s Make a Book Class teaches you how to use online resources to self-publish a professional quality book in any quantity. The class takes place 9:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 in the Hayes Museum. Instructors are Head of Photographic Resources Gilbert Gonzalez and Head Librarian Becky Hill. They explain the process of making a personalized book using

Cost of the class is $10/adults and $5/students through high school. The class is sponsored by RootsMagic, Inc. Pre-registration is required. Contact bhill@rbhayes.orgor call 419-332-2081, ext. 231.

Hill was inspired to create her first book after receiving one as a gift from her daughter. She now creates a personalized storybook for her grandchildren every Christmas. She also helped her 96-year-old mother produce an autobiography. Gonzalez, a professional photographer, creates commemorative coffee-table books using photographs he has taken at the Hayes Presidential Center and on the grounds of Spiegel Grove. He explains how to prepare images to look their best on the web and in print.

The pair emphasizes that the class can demonstrate how to create a published book, as well as a book that is stored online. They use because the website permits its free software to be downloaded to a personal computer. When complete, a book then is uploaded back to for printing of hard copies. The look of the finished product is as limitless as the creator’s imagination.