Meet the people who work at Leonard’s Book Restoration!
Eric J. Haley
Eric J. Haley is the youngest son of Leonard Haley, and is the founder of Leonard’s Book Restoration. He has a unique set of qualifications for the business, including a background in and love for history, antique books and ephemera, and arts and crafts. He is also the pastor of a local church and is a U.S.Air Force veteran.
Eric supervises a team of highly skilled and artistic bookbinders and is still the go-to guy for questions like what would be period appropriate for a particular book.
Margie L. Haley
Margie L. Haley is also a proprietor of Leonard’s, and wife of Eric. It’s a Joint Venture Partnership (a mom-and-pop business). Margie is the office supervisor for a team of friendly customer servants. Her background in computers, writing, and bookkeeping keep things running smoothly and the taxes paid.
Margie is also a U.S. Air Force veteran; in fact, Eric and Margie met in the Air Force more than 40 years ago, and they have raised and home-schooled a family of eight children, many of whom have worked for Leonard’s or work here now.
Chris Haley is the oldest son of Eric and Margie, and father to one of their many talented grandkids. He was involved with the bookbinding from its earliest stages but he has been working full-time at Leonard’s since 2008.
Chris specializes in antiquarian books and family Bibles. He is particularly talented in art and music, and also loves cooking when he gets a chance. Mostly, Chris just loves Jesus!
Joe is a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College Indianapolis and he’s been working at Leonard’s since 2012. He was noticed by Susie Haley because of his love for Jesus. Joe and Susie have two charming kids and another charming kid on the way.
Joe was noticed by Eric because of his entrepreneurial spirit and his arts and crafts talents, creating and selling duct tape purses. Now duct tape is a thing of the past. With the skills he has developed here, he rebinds many personal Bibles and has developed some new techniques. Which means many of you are blessed!
Customer Servant / Bookbinder
Valerie works in the office, sometimes answering phones, but mostly being a major “mover” as we process books and Bibles in, and process others out for shipping. She processes credit cards, writes estimates, and inspects projects before they’re packed. Since she is also a bookbinder, she is a helpful resource person.
Valerie is a member of the Generation Joshua Leadership Corps, working with youth who want to make a difference in their world. She also has an awesome voice and plays piano and djembe. Valerie has worked at Leonard’s since 2009, but will be heading off to college this fall, to earn a degree in music therapy.
Bookbinder / Maintenance
Jason has been working at Leonard’s since 2015.
Jason not only rebinds books and Bibles, but also does the landscaping, maintenance, and cleaning at Leonard’s.
During the winter, he shovels snow. These were all important areas, but taken all together, this schedule keeps him pretty busy.
Robyn has been working at Leonard’s since 2008. She has lived in Israel twice as a volunteer and is our resident expert in Hebrew. She does many of the leather-lined goatskin Bibles, as well as 3/4 leather antique hardcovers.
Robyn loves acting and re-enacting, as you can see in the picture above and was married last year. She loves music and dancing and likes lots of color, but has temporarily given up spicy food, as she is currently preparing to add another charming grandkid to the Haleys’ awesome collection. 🙂
Mary has been working at Leonard’s as a bookbinder since 2011. We met her at the Carroll County 4-H Fair where she was always fierce competition in arts and crafts with the Haley’s.
Mary is Weight Lifter of the Year in her division, so she can easily carry heavy stacks of books and Bibles. She also does fine tooling on hand-dyed calfskin or goatskin.
Shipping and Receiving
Becky is a hardworking Hoosier. She was postmaster at the Burrows Post Office for many years, but since she processed all our packages there, she gained so much valuable experience that when she retired in 2014, we called “dibbies.”
Becky packages and delivers over 200 boxes to the post office each month, and receives and unpacks about that many, too.
Liz joined our team in 2016. Though she looks great now, Eric and Margie knew her back when she was still a young kid playing in the dirt with their kids. Since she has an artistic streak, Liz fits right in at Leonard’s, rebinding Bibles. (She’s also kind of related by marriage.)
She and Jason have three great kids, who seem to want to be artists, bookbinders, or groundskeepers when they grow up.
Bookbinder / Photographer
Vivian began apprenticing, like some of the others, while still in high school, but with an official hire date in 2014. Now, her sense of precision, so evident in her pencil drawings, is showing up in her well-executed covers. She also does some of the photography around Leonard’s.
Vivian loves babies and thinks it wonderful to be around several nieces and nephews so often, including the ones coming up this fall.