Friends of the Library


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Fall 2015

Dear Friends of the Wesleyan Library,

 The semester is well underway, and if you’ve stopped by the libraries recently or read the library newsletter Check It Out, you’ve seen what vibrant study, meeting, and collaboration spaces they are, with the library staff always ready to help us access the information we need.  Already this fall, the Friends of the Wesleyan Library have hosted two exciting events – a thought-provoking Constitution Day lecture by Bethany Berger ‘90, “Birthright Citizenship on Trial: Immigration and Indigeneity,” and an intensive paper and printmaking residency by Combat Paper founder Drew Cameron, an Iraq War veteran who led Wesleyan’s Posse Veteran Scholars and other students in transforming uniforms into works of individual art.  Upcoming events include: 

  • The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale -- Saturday, November 7 during Wesleyan’s Homecoming/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.  Visit the Friends website for a list of special books to be offered.
  • WESeminar:  “Dialogue of Books” -- Friday, November 6, 2015, 3:00 p.m. – Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library.  Many contemporary book artists take inspiration from historical volumes.  When the book artist’s muse is a book, the result is a rich dialogue across centuries and cultures, texts and contexts.  Join Director of Special Collections & Archives Suzy Taraba ’77, MALS ’10 for a close look at several contemporary artists’ books and the books that sparked their creators’ imaginations. Limited to 20.
  • Exhibit: “Textile Messages: Wesleyan Apparel through the Decades” -- Opening November 4, 2015, during library hours -- Olin Library, Special Collections & Archives exhibit cases.  Freshman beanies, letter sweaters, t-shirts, and other items worn by students since the 1880s.

The Friends are also continuing to explore how to help the library fund its digitization and preservation projects and update technology.  Generous donations from those who appreciate the value of library resources and services make all these activities possible.  Thank you to those who have already made a membership donation for 2015-2016.  If you have not done so yet, 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  Thank you for your support of this vital part of campus intellectual life.


Karl E. Scheibe  
Chair of the Board 
Friends of the Wesleyan Library  

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