Category: Friends of the Libraries

Library Student Assistant Award Reception

The University Libraries held our biannual Library Student Assistant Award (LSAA) reception on October 18, 2019. Five students were honored with a $500 award.  Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff and other donors, with a matching contribution from the Friends of the Libraries.  To date, 400 awards have been distributed totaling over $186,150.

University Libraries’ staff would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:

Brandi Allen – a Senior majoring in Organizational Leadership
Maria Hess – a Senior majoring in Music Education and Vocal Performance
Kayla Lee – a Junior majoring in Social Work
Zyanya Menchaca-Howell – a Sophomore majoring in Creative Writing
Kyle Wilson – a Graduate majoring in Mechanical Engineering

2019 Library Student Assistant Award winners and Board Members
Kathi Herick, Maria Hess, Stephanie Dickey, Kayla Lee, Gary Barlow, Zyanya Menchaca-Howell, Brandi Allen, Jane Rininger


Win up to $125 – Library Photo Contest 2019

Attention current Wright State students:

Show us what you love about Dunbar Library! You’re invited to submit digital photography highlighting Paul Laurence Dunbar Library. The Friends of the Libraries nonprofit organization will provide the following prizes for winners to be selected by a committee of University Libraries staff.

  • First place: $125
  • Second place: $50
  • Third place: $25

We’re looking for photos taken in Dunbar Library that show people using library spaces, services, and resources. Participants may submit a maximum of five photos per person.

Email entries as JPEG file attachments to Include your full name and Wright State email address in the body of the email. All entries may be used in Wright State print or online promotional materials.* Submit entries by October 31, 2019.

Need a camera or tripod? Check one out at the Circulation Desk. Want to edit your photos? Adobe Photoshop and a variety of other software is available in the The Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) . Visit our website for STAC hours or to schedule a one-on-one appointment.

Thanks in advance for participating. We look forward to viewing your entries!

*Contest open to current Wright State University students only. Student photographers will retain copyright to any and all photographs entered in this contest, but, by voluntarily entering the contest, students agree to grant a non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to Wright State University Libraries, for use of the image for marketing and promotional purposes. 

New Book Club for 2019-20

Bring a friend and join us for our 2019-20 Book Club sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, WSU Alumni Association, and the WSU Retirees Association.

When and Where:
Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. in the WSU Paul L. Dunbar Library, Room 441. Snacks provided, bring your own drink (Starbucks in the library will be open).

Salt Houses book cover

What We’re Reading:

September 24th, 2019 – Title: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, a debut novel
November 19th, 2019 – Title: Salt Houses by Hala Alyan, winner of the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction
January 28th, 2020 – Title: What We Owe by Golnaz Hashemzadeh Bonde, a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
March 31st, 2020 – Title: The Widows by local author, Jess Montgomery*

*The author will attend our book discussion

Books –titles will be available from the WSU University Libraries collection so check our catalog for copies. Don’t have a WSU library card? Join our Friends of the Libraries for borrowing privileges or borrow the titles from your local library.

Parking – Visitor parking available in Lot 11, stop at the Visitor Parking Booth in Lot 2 (in front of the Student Union) for a pass.

More Information – call the Wright State University Libraries at 937-775-2380.

Friends of the Libraries Elects New Board Members and Officers

Photograph of 13 Friend of the Libraries Board Members)
Friends of the Libraries Board Members – Back Row left to right: Linda Daniels, Jane Rininger, Richard Hairston, Gary Barlow, Catherine Queener, Glenn Graham, Penny Profitt, Krishel Stout, Toni Walchner, Kathi Herick; Seated left to right: Sue Polanka, Stephanie Dickey, Natalie De Horn

At the annual Friends of the Libraries meeting on April 17, 2019, the Board elected the following new officers:

  • President: Jane Rininger
  • Vice President: Natalie De Horn
  • Past President: Glenn Graham
  • Secretary: Stephanie Dickey

The Board also appointed several Board Members at Large:

  • Krishel Stout, student representative
  • Toni Walchner, staff representative
  • Kathi Herick, community representative
  • Jen Ware, faculty representative, second term
  • Catherine Queener, community representative, second term

We also said farewell to Richard Hairston, our student representative, who will be graduating in April of 2019. Thank you, Richard, for your contributions to the Board.
And a big thank you to our Past-President, Gary Barlow, and President, Glenn Graham, for their outstanding service. Both Glenn and Gary served in these capacities for four years. We look forward to their continued work with the Friends.