Ace of Books / The Book Group
The Book Group was form in 1994 when Pat McCarty and Leo Behnke joined their knowledge and skills together. Ace of Books is the book repair part of The Book Group. The Book Group has been providing book services to individuals, collectors, libraries, museums, non-profit and for profit groups and corporations. We have spoken as guests at fine booksellers, hobby stores, and collectors associations across the country on a broad range of topics related to books and book binding, preservation and conservation.
The Book Group organization will help anyone with any problem that involves books. Pat McCarty can repair or rebind a book or journal that is falling apart. Leo Behnke can help create cataloging system for an individual library or actually catalog the books. Find the just right set of shelves for a library and work out the arrangement of the books on those shelves. Write a manuscript or edited one. Help design a book or get it printed. Make a custom clam shell box to protect those special items from the elements.
Pat McCarty retired in 2015 from the University of Nevada Las Vegas Libraries after 30 years. During those year, she created and ran the Preservation Lab for 15 of them. She received training from Randy Silverman at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library in book repair/preservation. When on vacations she was able to visit other institutions’ preservation and book repair units. She has shared this information through book repair classes, guest speaking at meetings, and individual instruction.
Leo Behnke has been a profession magician for over 50 years. As an author he has compiled an impressive list of over 90 titles for both the magic world and the lay public. The books and articles all involve magic and have sold around the world. Some being translated into German. He has been the librarian for a number of conjuring collections. For the last few years he has specialized in collection conservation.