The History of BTSB

BTSB President Robert L. Sibert narrates
Bound to Stay Bound’s company history and showcases photographs from throughout the company’s history
in this ten minute video.

Copyright Bound to stay bound books

BTSB Timeline

To jump ahead to a specific decade, click on the tabs above. 

1920

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220 South Main Street

Lawrence D. Sibert and William Suhy founded New Method Book Bindery on the second floor of 220 South Main in Jacksonville, Illinois.
(Formerly Degan’s Dance Hall)

Oversewing Machine Invention

W. Elmo Reavis, a bookbinder from Los Angeles, California, invents the oversewing machine.

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1922

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Newbery Award

The first Newbery Award for children’s literature is given to
Hendrik Willem van Loon for The Story of Mankind.

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1923

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201 South Kosciusko

The company moves its operations to a larger building at 201 South Kosciusko.
(Formerly Brown's Business College.)

LBI Standards

The American Library Association, with the help of Lawrence D. Sibert and other library binders, publish their first specifications for Library and School Book Binding.​

201 South Kosciusko

1927

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Promotional Item

Surviving sample of a 1927 promotional calendar for
New Method Book Bindry, Inc.

1927 mini calendar

1929

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201 South Kosciusko Addition

Build 1,200 square-foot addition to the front side of the building
where the porch and stairs used to be.

1929-Addition

1931

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201-209 South Kosciusko Addition

Purchase adjacent property, 209 S. Kosciusko, and built a two-story 13,440 square-foot addition.

1931 two-story addition

1935

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Library Binding Institute

Lawrence D. Sibert helps establish the national Library Binding Institute.

1936

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Robert F. Sibert

Robert F. Sibert joins the firm after graduation from Illinois College.

1937

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Companies Merge

New Method purchases Ward Brothers bindery.

Roller Skating

The company’s employees begin roller-skating to pick orders.

1937 Roller Skaters

1938

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Ferdinand The Bull

First souvenir created – a Disney Character, Ferdinand the Bull.

Caldecott Award

The first Caldecott Award for an illustrated children’s book is awarded to Dorothy Lathrop for Animals of the Bible.

1938 Ferdinand the Bull
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1939

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American Library Association

American Library Association / Library Binding Institute issues
the first prebound specifications.

1940

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Robert F. Sibert

Robert F. Sibert becomes Assistant General Manager and Production Manager.

1940-RLS-General-Manager

1941

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Lawrence D. Sibert

Lawrence D. Sibert elected LBI President 1941-1946.

1946

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World War II

Robert F. Sibert returns after 5 years in the
U. S. Army during World War II.

1953

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Hertzberg-New Method, Inc.

A new company, Hertzberg-New Method, is formed to take over rebinding operations of New Method Book Bindery.

1954

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School Library Journal

The magazine School Library Journal is founded.

1956

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The Story of a Book

Bound to Stay Bound, The Story of a Book, by Melvin Summerfield, describes for children the company binding process.

Lawrence D. Sibert Honored

Lawrence D. Sibert honored at LBI twentieth annual meeting.

Prebound Book Club

Prebound Book Club initiated to offer savings to librarians
on purchase of popular titles.

1956 Story of a Book Melvin Summerfield
1956 Library Book Club

1957

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Poster Contest

New Method Elementary School Library Poster Contest.

1957 Poster Contest

1959

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1880 West Morton Avenue

New 43,100 square-foot plant constructed at
1800 West Morton, Jacksonville, Illinois.

LBI President

Robert F. Sibert elected LBI President.

First Computer

First computer installed at New Method, an IBM 1401.

1959 Morton Plant

1961

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Endpaper Sealing Machine

Lawrence D. Sibert patents the endpaper sealing machine.

Employee Pension

The first employee pension plan was established.

The Magic Book

The firm produces “The Magic Book” film to educate children
in proper book care.

1962 Endleaf Machine

1964

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Robert F. Sibert President

Robert F. Sibert named President and General Manager.
Lawrence D. Sibert elected Chairman.

Library Processing

Library processing department is established.

1965

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Elementary Act

Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed.

1970

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Bound to Stay Bound

Name changed from New Method Book Bindery, Inc.
to Bound to Stay Bound Books.

1975

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Picture Covers

BTSB starts printing some of its own illustrated book covers.

1978

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Robert L. Sibert

Robert L. Sibert joins the firm.

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition​

Fifth addition (9,600 square feet) to the West Morton facility, constructed for cover printing operations.

1979

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Lawrence D. Sibert

Lawrence D. Sibert passes away.

1982

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Sharon Zuiderveld

Sharon Zuiderveld hired as librarian to do in-house cataloging and the company begins to create its own catalog cards and pockets.

1984

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Scholarship Program

Bound to Stay Bound’s first librarian scholarship awarded, providing financial assistance for the education of men and women who intend to pursue an MLS or advanced degree and who plan to work in the area of library service to children. First recipient – Megan MacDonald.

1985

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Library Corner Newsletter

Creation of the Library Corner newsletter.

1985-Fall-Library-Corner

1986

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Online Ordering

Online ordering initiated with the BTSB Connection.

1988

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Information Power Teleconference

Sponsored AASL Information Power Teleconference II

1990

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Industry of the Year Award

Bound to Stay Bound receives the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce
“Industry of the Year” award.

Jax-Area-Economic-Development-Council-1990

1991

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Lab Testing

Initiate testing laboratory for bookbinding materials.

1992

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President Robert L. Sibert

Robert L. Sibert succeeds his father as President.

Sponsor AASL

Sponsored AASL Administrators Program.

1993

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Barcodes

Bar codes and electronic cataloging format offered to librarians on orders.

Covers

All covers produced in-house.

1994

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Compact Discoverer

The Compact Discoverer, catalog on CD-ROM, is first created.

1995

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1880 West Morton Avenue Addition

Eighth addition constructed (8,880 square feet) for more warehouse space and a larger order processing department increasing the building from original 43,000 to 107,000 square feet.

Library Binding Standard

Library Binding Standard becomes an ANSI/NISO/LBI standard.

LBI President

Robert L. Sibert elected LBI President.

CD-ROM BOOKS

Books on CD-ROM offered.

1996

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New Dimension Media

New Dimension Media video business purchased.

DFA

Double Fanned Adhesive binding style is added to accommodate narrow margined books.

1997

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AASL Travel Grant

Start providing AASL Travel Grants for first-time attendance at the AASL Conference.

1998

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Robert F. Sibert

Robert F. Sibert passes away.

Program Recognition

Illinois State Board of Education 1998 Business-Education Partnership Recognition Program Honorable Mention.

Employee Scholarship

BTSB Books Employee Scholarships started at Illinois College.

Information Power Teleconference

Sponsors the AASL Information Power Teleconference.

1999

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AASL Outreach

Sponsors AASL Outreach to Principals Program.

2001

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Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

ALSC/Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award is established through the American Library Association.

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2004

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Crystal Apple Award

Bound to Stay Bound receives the American Association of School Librarians Crystal Apple Award.

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2005

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No Child Left Behind

Sponsors the AASL No Child Left Behind Flyer.

2007

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Business of the Year

Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.

2008

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Covers

Start Digitally Printing Covers on a MGI Press.

PUR Adhesive

Start PUR Binding on narrow margin titles.

2012

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KidProof Material

Discontinued buckram book covers. All covers printed using KidProof.

2015

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Crystal Apple Award

Robert L. Sibert receives the American Association of School Librarians Crystal Apple Award.

AASL_CrystalApple

2017

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Jean Srnecz Award

Robert L. Sibert received the 3rd Jean Srnecz Award from the Educational Book & Media Association.

2018

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Pillar Award

Association of Illinois School Library Educators awards Bound to Stay Bound with the Pillar Award.

Digital Printing

Transition to digitally printing covers instead of offset printing is completed.

2019

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AASL District Kits

Bound to Stay Bound partners with the American Association of School Librarians to distribute Professional Development Kits to help implement the National School Library Standards.

2020

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Centennial Celebration!

Bound to Stay Bound celebrates its 100th Anniversary on 1-20-2020.

Countdown until our 100th Birthday Celebration

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The History of BTSB
Copyright Bound to stay bound books

BTSB President Robert L. Sibert narrates Bound to Stay Bound’s company history and showcases photographs from throughout the company’s history in this ten minute video.

BTSB Timeline

To jump ahead to a specific decade, click on the tabs above. 

1920

220-222 South Main Street

Lawrence D. Sibert and William Suhy founded New Method Book Bindery Inc., 220-22 South Main, Jacksonville, Illinois.
(Located on the second floor above Degan’s Dance Hall)

 

Oversewing Machine Invention

Development of oversewing machine by Elmo Reavis in California.​

1930_Inspection

1923

201 South Kosciusko

The company moved its operations to a larger building, 201 S. Kosciusko.

 

LBI Standards

Lawrence D. Sibert helps develop first library binding Standard.​

201 South Kosciusko

1927

Promotional Item

Surviving sample of a 1927 promotional calendar for
New Method Book Bindry, Inc.

1927 mini calendar

1929

201 South Kosciusko Addition

Build 1,200 square-foot addition to the front side of the building
where the porch and stairs used to be.

1929-Addition

1931

201-209 South Kosciusko Addition

Purchase adjacent property, 209 S. Kosciusko, and built a two-story 13,440 square-foot addition.

1931 two-story addition

1935

Library Binding Institute

Lawrence D. Sibert helps establish national Library Binding Institute.

1936

Robert F. Sibert

Robert F. Sibert joins the firm after graduation from Illinois College.

1937

Companies Merge

New Method purchases Ward Brothers bindery.

 

Roller Skating

Initiated roller-skating for order processing.

1937 Roller Skaters

1938

Ferdinand The Bull

First souvenir – Disney Character, Ferdinand the Bull

 

William Suhy Resigns

William Suhy resigns following an absence for ill health.

1938 Ferdinand the Bull

1939

American Library Association

American Library Association / Library Binding Institute issues
the first prebound specifications.

1940

Robert F. Sibert

Robert F. Sibert becomes assistant general manager and production manager.

1940-RLS-General-Manager

1941

Lawrence D. Sibert

Lawrence D. Sibert elected LBI President
L.D. Sibert remained LBI President until 1946.

1941 - 1946

World War II

Robert F. Sibert served in the U. S. Army during World War II.

1946

Sibert Family Business

Sibert Family purchases Suhy portion of business.

1952

201-209 South Kosciusko Addition

Build third-floor 6,700 square-foot addition.

1952 3rd Floor Addition

1953

Hertzberg-New Method, Inc.

Hertzberg-New Method, Inc. established for rebinding operations. Lawrence D. Sibert and Robert F. Sibert named vice-presidents.

1956

The Story of a Book

Bound to Stay Bound, The Story of a Book, by Melvin Summerfield, describes for children the company binding process

 

L.D. Sibert Honored

Lawrence D. Sibert honored at LBI twentieth annual meeting.

 

Prebound Book Club

Prebound Book Club initiated (to 1980’s), offering savings to librarians
on purchase of popular titles

1956 Story of a Book Melvin Summerfield
1956 Library Book Club

1957

Poster Contest

New Method Elementary School Library Poster Contest.

1957 Poster Contest

1958

Delaware Corporation

New Method organized as a Delaware corporation.

1959

1880 West Morton Avenue

New 43,100 square-foot plant constructed at
1800 West Morton, Jacksonville, Illinois.

 

LBI President

Robert F. Sibert elected LBI president.

 

First Computer

First computer installed at New Method, an IBM 1401.

1959 Morton Plant

1961

Endpaper Sealing Machine

Lawrence D. Sibert patents endpaper sealing machine.

 

Employee Pension

The first employee pension plan was established.

 

The Magic Book

The firm produces “The Magic Book” film to educate children
in proper book care.

1962 Endleaf Machine

1962

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition

First addition to the West Morton facility built (4,000 square feet).

1964

Robert F. Sibert President

Robert F. Sibert named president and general manager.
Lawrence D. Sibert elected chairman.

 

Library Processing

Library processing department is established.

1965

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition

Second addition built to the West Morton facility (7,200 square feet) for more warehouse space.

 

Elementary Act

Elementary and Secondary Education Act passed.

1967

Hertzberg-New Method

Siberts sell interest in Hertzberg-New Method, Inc.

 

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition

Third addition built to the West Morton facility (14,400 square feet).

1970

Bound to Stay Bound

Company name changed from New Method Book Bindery, Inc.
to Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc.

1971

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition

Fourth addition to the West Morton facility built (7,200 square feet)
for more warehouse space.

1975

Picture Covers

Purchase capital stock of Furntec, Inc.’s Picture Covers
and locate cover business on Prairie Street.

1978

Robert L. Sibert

Robert L. Sibert joins the firm.

 

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition​

Fifth addition (9,600 square feet) to the West Morton facility, constructed for cover printing operations.

1979

L.D. Sibert

Lawrence D. Sibert Passed away.

 

R.L. Sibert

Robert L. Sibert elected vice-president.

1982

Sharon Zuiderveld

Sharon Zuiderveld hired as librarian to do in-house cataloging.

1983

BTSB

Bound to Stay Bound Books established as a wholly owned
subsidiary of New Method Book Bindery.

1984

Scholarship Program

Bound to Stay Bound’s first librarian scholarship awarded providing financial assistance for the education of men and women who intend to pursue an MLS or advanced degree and who plan to work in the area of library service to children. First recipient – Megan MacDonald.

 

Profit Sharing

Employee profit sharing and retirement plans established.

1985

Library Corner Newsletter

Creation of the Library Corner newsletter.

1985-Fall-Library-Corner

1986

Online Ordering

Online Ordering initiated.

1988

Information Power Teleconference

Sponsored AASL Information Power Teleconference II

 

1989

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition

Sixth addition (4,800 square feet) constructed for customer service and more warehouse space to the West Morton facility.

1990

Industry of the Year Award

Bound to Stay Bound received the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce “Industry of the Year” award.

Jax-Area-Economic-Development-Council-1990

1991

Lab Testing

Initiate testing laboratory for bookbinding materials.

 

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition

Seventh addition built (8,480 square feet) for cover printing and more office space to the West Morton facility.

 

1992

President R. L. Sibert

Robert L. Sibert succeeds his father as president.

 

Sponsor AASL

Sponsored AASL Administrators Program.

1993

Covers

All covers produced in-house.

 

Barcodes

Bar codes and electronic cataloging format offered to librarians on orders.

 

1994

Compact Discoverer

The Compact Discoverer, catalog on CD-ROM was created.

1995

1880 West Morton Avenue Addition

Eighth addition constructed (8,880 square feet) for more warehouse space and a larger order processing department increasing the building from original 43,000 to 107,000 square feet.

 

Library Binding Standard

Library Binding Standard becomes an ANSI/NISO/LBI standard.

 

LBI President

Robert L. Sibert elected LBI President.

 

CD-ROM BOOKS

Books on CD-ROM offered.

1996

New Dimension Media

New Dimension Media video business purchased.

 

DFA

Double Fanned Adhesive binding type was added to accommodate narrow margined books.

1997

AASL Travel Grant

Started AASL Travel Grant for first-time attendance at the AASL Conference.

1998

R.F. Sibert

Robert F. Sibert passed away.

 

Program Recognition

Illinois State Board of Education 1998 Business-Education Partnership Recognition Program Honorable Mention.

 

Employee Scholarship

Sponsored AASL Information Power Teleconference.

 

Information Power Teleconference

Sponsored AASL Information Power Teleconference III

 

1999

AASL Outreach

Sponsored AASL Outreach to Principals Program.

2001

Sibert Informational Award

ALSC/Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award was established through the American Library Association.

robert-f-sibert-award-winner

2004

Crystal Apple Award

Bound to Stay Bound receives the American Association of School Libraries Crystal Apple Award.

AASL_CrystalApple

2005

No Child Left Behind

Sponsored AASL No Child Left Behind Flyer.

2007

Business of the Year

Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award.

2008

Covers

Started Digitally Printing Covers on MGI Press.

 

PUR Adhesive

Start PUR Binding on narrow margin titles.

2012

KidProof Material

Discontinued buckram book covers. All covers printed using KidProof.

2015

Crystal Apple Award

Robert L. Sibert receives the American Association of School Libraries Crystal Apple Award.

AASL_CrystalApple

2017

Jean Srnecz Award

Robert L. Sibert received the 3rd Jean Srnecz Award from the Education Book & Media Association.

Bob with Jean Srnecz Award

2018

Pillar Award

Association of Illinois School Library Educators awards Bound to Stay Bound with the Pillar Award.

 

Digital Printing

Completed transition of digitally printing covers instead of offset printing.

2019

AASL District Kits

Bound to Stay Bound partners with American Association of School Libraries to distribute Professional Development Kits to help implement the National School Library Standards.

2020

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

Bound to Stay Bound celebrated the 100th Anniversary on 1-20-2020.

Countdown until our 100th Birthday Celebration

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