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Fall 2016

Dear Friends of the Wesleyan Library,

I am delighted to write to you as the new Chair of the Friends of the Wesleyan Library Board. As you may have read in the library newsletter Check It Out, we are also very pleased to welcome our new University Librarian, Dan Cherubin. We would also like to thank outgoing Interim University Librarian Diane Klare and Chair of the Friends Board Karl Scheibe for their diligent service and support.

The semester is well underway, and we have already hosted the annual Constitution Day lecture in September, delivered by the mayor of Middletown, Dan Drew. The event took place in the Smith Reading Room with roughly 75 people in attendance (a good mix of community, staff, faculty, and students). Mayor Drew’s topic, particularly pertinent during this election year, was provocatively titled “Are We Better Than Our Predecessors? Toward a New Era of Progress.” In his talk, Mayor Drew explored the assumption that we are more advanced than preceding generations and discussed what we can do to focus ourselves toward a future predicated on progressive social and economic advancement. There was positive response to his speech and to the library hosting an inclusive community event. Some photos of the event appear in the Wesleyan Connection:

Looking ahead, we have several exciting events lined up this fall, including:

Talk and Exhibit: Nancy Ottmann Albert (MALS ’94) – Friday, October 28, 7:00 p.m. in the Develin Room of Olin Memorial Library. Photographer Nancy Ottmann Albert will present her exhibit "Documents in Black and White,” and the library will officially thank her for the generous donation of her papers to Wesleyan University. For more information about her gift:

The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale – Saturday, October 29 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.

New York City Grolier Exhibit and Print Fair Tour – Saturday, November 5, 2016. Organized by the Friends of the Davison Art Center and the Friends of the Wesleyan Library.

Book Presentation and Exhibit: Policing the Planet – November 9, 4:30 p.m. in the Smith Reading Room of Olin Memorial Library. Christina Heatherton and Jordan Camp will speak about their new edited volume, Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter. The event will include Q & A, as well as a book signing. An open house in the Special Collections & Archives Davison Rare Book Room will showcase rare materials related to the history of policing and incarceration before the talk from 4:00-4:30 p.m. and afterwards from 6:00-7:00 p.m. For information about the book:

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 2016-2017.  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

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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