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October 2017

Dear Friends of the Wesleyan Library,

As Chair of the Board of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library, I am very pleased to report that we have an event-filled academic year ahead of us.

Here is a look at some of our exciting recent and upcoming events:

  • Constitution Day Lecture – On September 18th, Prof. José Luis Morín, a professor in the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York (CUNY) and chair of the school’s Latin American and Latinx Studies Department, delivered a lecture titled “The U.S. Constitution, Puerto Rico, and the Unfinished Business of Realizing Our Best Ideals.” For more information on the event, see The Wesleyan Argus article at:

  • Talk – On October 11th, the Friends co-sponsored with the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life a talk by Colonel Bob Cassidy, Ph.D., U.S. Army (retired), titled “The Long War in Afghanistan: A Perspective.” He discussed the geography and history of the region and presented an analysis of the many factors leading to the current situation.

  • The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale – Saturday, November 4th during Wesleyan’s Family Weekend, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the lobby of Olin Memorial Library. There will be a large selection of academic and popular books. If you would like to donate books or volunteer to help, please contact us.

  • In the winter we plan to accept entries for the Friends second Undergraduate Library Research Prize competition to recognize excellence in library research and writing. If you are interested in helping sponsor this prize, which will be awarded in April, please contact us. 

We have also continued to support the Wesleyan Oral History Project managed by the Wasch Center for Retired Faculty. The project consists of oral history interviews with members of the Wesleyan community, including faculty emeriti, administration officials, and others. Transcripts of the interviews may be downloaded from this site:

Moreover, we wish to remember our good friend and colleague Dan Cherubin, Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian, who passed away unexpectedly on September 13th. A campus celebration of Dan’s life was held on October 12th in the Smith Reading Room. We are grateful to Diane Klare who has assumed the responsibilities of Interim University Librarian.

The Friends are grateful for the kind donations from those who appreciate the value of library resources and services. Your generosity makes possible activities such as digitization and preservation projects, endeavors to update technology, and events.  Thank you to those who have already made a membership donation for 2017-2018.  If you have not yet done so, we ask you to join this month. Basic membership in the Friends starts at $25. We greatly appreciate those who are able to donate at higher levels and also welcome sponsors of special projects and planned gifts. For more information, please contact Jennifer Hadley at or 860-685-3897. Membership donations may also be made online at

Finally, we would like to hear from you! Should you have any ideas for a Friends event, please contact us at

Thank you for your support of this vital part of campus intellectual life.


Michael Meere, Chair of the Board
Friends of the Wesleyan Library


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