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March 2018

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 had an eventful academic year so far. In September, Prof. José Luis Morín (CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice) gave the Constitution Day Lecture, titled “The U.S. Constitution, Puerto Rico, and the Unfinished Business of Realizing our Best Ideals.”  In October, 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.” Our Annual Book Sale in November was a great success; thank you for your donations and participation in the sale. If you would like to donate books or volunteer to help, please contact us.

In the spring, events will include:

  • Reading by Nigerian author Chuma Nwokolo from his forthcoming novel, co-sponsored with the Connect Africa Research Network – April 5, 2018, 5:30-6:30 pm, Smith Reading Room, Olin Library.
  • Screening of Ex Libris: The New York Public Library by Frederick Wiseman (2017, 3h17) – April 14, 2018, 2:00 pm, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace.  Co-sponsored by C-FILM with funding from the Mellon Foundation.
  • Annual Meeting Author Talk and Undergraduate Research Prize Ceremony – April 2018 (details to be announced soon), Smith Reading Room, Olin Library.

Besides sponsoring events, the Friends regularly contribute funds to the library for projects such as digitally capturing and sharing rare and unique materials in the Wesleyan Libraries and increasing precious work hours for rare book cataloging in Special Collections & Archives.

The Friends are grateful for the kind donations from those who appreciate the value of library resources and services. Your generosity makes possible events, additional digitization, preservation, and cataloging projects, and technology enhancements. 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 spring/summer. 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, research prizes and grants, 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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