First Annual Friends of ODU Library Author's Dinner
Charlise Lyles, columnist for the Virginian-Pilot and adjunct faculty member
at Old Dominion, was the guest speaker at the first annual Friends of the ODU
Library Author's Dinner on April 12 in Webb Center. Reading a poignant selection
from her newly published autobiography, Do I Dare Disturb the Universe,
she described the important role books have played in her life.
Honored at the dinner was Alf J. Mapp, Jr., a professor emeritus of Old Dominion
University, author, and internationally recognized Thomas Jefferson scholar.
He received the first Friends of the Library Outstanding Achievement Award for
"representing all that a library cherishes reading for enjoyment, scholarly
research, preservation of culture and tradition, and the quest for discovery,
invention, and truth."
The second annual Author's Dinner in the spring will offer another sparkling
literary evening, featuring an outstanding speaker and the designation of the
second Friends of the Library Award. Watch for details in 1996 and reserve your
As we approach the beginning of our second year of activity, it will be time
for many of us to renew our memberships in the Friends of the Old Dominion University
Library. This is also an excellent time for new members to join. Memberships
range from $35 to $1000, and dues are used for library acquisitions. The Friends
group ensures the future of the Library by providing funds for the library endowment,
encouraging contributions of specific gifts, and offering service to the Library.
New membership forms will be mailed the month before your renewal date and are
always available at the 4th floor Library office. A university is only as good
as its library. An excellent library is essential to university excellence.
Thank You to Library Staff
May Day was a Thank You to the Staff Day at the University Library,
as members of the Friends of the Library created a banquet table of afternoon
delights for the hardworking library staff. If you would like to help with this
event next May, please contact Dolly Hinton through the Library office, 683-4141,
and you will be contacted as the event draws closer.
Quick Facts About the First Year of the Friends of the ODU Library
- First year membership total: 125 individuals, one company, and one organization
- Amount raised for the library: $19,215
Were you a part of the first year?
T-Shirts for Sale
Just what the well-dressed bibliophile needs for fall a Friends of the Old
Dominion University Library T-shirt. Now available in the Library office on
the 4th floor, these off-white T-shirts feature the distinctive logo of the
Friends, sell for only $10, and proceeds go to Library acquisitions. Remember
these shirts for gifts also.
Town-N-Gown Supports the Friends
The Town-N-Gown organization has pledged $2500, payable over 5 years, to the
University Library through the Friends. Stuart Cake, last year's president of
Town-N-Gown said the gift was "a sign of our desire to be an active part
of ODU and of the importance of the Library to the life of the University."
The Friends thank this organization for their dedication to ODU and their support
of the Library.
1995-1996 Board Members of the Friends of the ODU Library
Bette Browning, Sterling Edmonds, Lynda Erickson, Lucille Garner, Sarah Goldberger
(student representative), Carole Hines, Dolly Hinton, Judy Homsher, Donna Koch,
Beverley Lawler, Jean A. Major, Alf Mapp, Cynthia McCraw, Laura Moen, Ray Morgan,
Virginia S. O'Herron, Ellis O'Neal, Barbara Peck, Al Rollins, Martha Rollins,
and John Tucker.
Executive Committee members: Dolly Hinton, President Cynthia McCraw,
Vice President Lucille Garner, Secretary Jean Major, Treasurer Ellis O'Neal,
Member at Large
Book Sale Coming!
The University Library will hold its annual Book Sale the end of October or
early November. Watch for details later in the fall. Do save the books that
you would like to contribute for the sale. Books can be brought to the Library
beginning the first week in October. If you would like to help with the sale,
please call the Library office at 683-4141 and ask that your name be added to
the Friends' volunteer list for this event.
The following ODU faculty share one of the books they read this summer while
they were sunning themselves at the beach, traveling the highways, or, more
likely, relaxing after a day toiling in their offices: Janet Katz (Acting Dean,
College of Arts & Letters) -- An Imperfect Spy by Amanda Cross; Robert
Ash (Professor, Aerospace Engineering) -- Jeb Stuart: Last Cavalier by
Stuart Davis; John Broderick (Professor, English) -- Paula (both in English
and in Spanish) by Isabel Allende; Lou Henry (Director, Academic Honors Program)
-- Mozart by Maynard Sullivan; Judy Doumas (Professor, English) -- Alligator
Dance by Janet Perry; Jean Major (University Librarian) -- Women in Power:
The Secrets of Leadership by Dorothy W. Cantor; James V. Koch (President)
-- Moo by Jane Smiley; Dana Burnett (Vice President, Student Services)
-- My Antonia by Willa Cather; Harold Wilson (Professor, History) -- The Enigma of Japanese Power by Kerel Von Wolferen; Jane Hager (Professor,
Curriculum & Instruction) -- Beach Music by Pat Conroy.