Thursday, April 20, 2017

First annual writing competition winners!!!

This spring the Friends of Drake Library is pleased to announce the winners of their first annual writing competition. The competition was open as far as subject or class went, the focus being on extensive, creative engaged use of library and information resources. The winners are as follows:
 Teresa Rodriguez, "Watergate: An Anatomy of a Constitutional Crisis," a HST390 paper. First place, $500.
 Kiri Ramsey, "Harbingers of Change: Casement and Morel in the Congo," a paper for HST390. Second place, $300.
 Joe DiManno, "Assistance of Counsel, a Defendant's Right," a HST408 class paper. Third place, $150. (Pictured here with President Macpherson.)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Little Library is finished!

The Little Library being constructed by Gordy Fox '66 is finished, and on display in the library, at the end of the circulation desk by the café. It is a remarkable bit of woodworking, and an authentic model of the old Normal school building c1870.

It, and the granite bench being donated by the Oakleys, will be placed on the Hartwell lawn sometime this spring.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Little Library update

This is a recent photo of progress on the Little Library by the builder, Gordon Fox '66. As mentioned previously, the building represented is the old Normal school, c1870. This complex stood approximately where Hartwell Hall is today. It was torn down and replaced by Hartwell in 1938-39.

In addition to this splendid replica, Cherise Oakley and her husband are donating a granite bench to go with the Little Library. A selection of quotes about reading were put together and President Macpherson selected one, a quote from Margaret Fuller, "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." This will be inscribed on the bench. The bench and the little building will be placed somewhere on the lawn of Hartwell this spring semester.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Progress on the Little Library!

An image from Gordon Fox '66 of the little library he is building. It is being constructed from cedar, will be 6' long and hold approximately 20-30 books.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Little Library"

A "Little Library" is being sponsored by the Friends this year, another of chairperson Ginny Campbell's great ideas! This movement has gained ground in recent years, and such free libraries are springing up all over. The photo here is of the model Gordy Fox '66 built. The model is a replica of the old Normal school building that was demolished and replaced with Hartwell Hall in 1938. This is a half size model, the actual "library" will be about 6' long, and hold 25-35 books. It will be built over the winter, and placed on a yet to be determined spot on campus this coming spring. Cherise Oakley of the Friends group and her husband are donating a granite bench to place by the library, so the site will truly be a handsome and welcoming spot.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Upcoming events & news!

Although it was winter until recently, we have been busy! We have an exciting event coming up May 17, Bob Meringola, who headed up the popular antiques road show last year, is coming back to talk about antiques, how do you know what you have etc.

A while back we discussed the need to clarify our membership levels, define some positions, e.g. secretary and so forth. At the last meeting we did work on this, and a proposal has been emailed out. We hope that this will aid us in recruiting more members for this group.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Fran Moroney Whited

Fran Whited, a founding member of our library friends group, passed away this past week. She was a quiet, but active, insightful, and cheerful member who helped so much to get the group started. Fran started at Brockport as a 5th grade campus school "teacher-critic" in 1951. She was from Port Byron NY, and had attended Oswego in the 1940s, where Dr. Tower was one of her instructors before he came to Brockport to be our president.

After college she taught at several schools, got a masters at the Catholic University of America in Washington, and then came to Brockport. Over the years she got her PhD, and became a professor in our education department. In 1963 she was married to Clark Whited, a professor of physical education at Brockport. She retired in 1985 and was very active in that phase of her life in Brockport alumni and development affairs, a true friend not just of the library, but the college. In this post Fran is shown seated at left with some of her campus school colleagues in the 1950s. (Note: if you click on the photo you can see a larger image.) The following information is from her death notice in the newspaper:

There will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 6, at 10 AM at the Church of the Nativity BVM, Main Street, Brockport. A celebratory luncheon reception will be held in the New York room of the Cooper Building at the College at Brockport, following the Mass, until 1:15 PM. Interment (burial) will be in Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Auburn, New York, at 3:15 PM following the reception.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make contributions to the Frances Moroney Whited Scholarship Fund c/o the College at Brockport Foundation, the College at Brockport, or the Brockport Newman Oratory.