Category: Friends of the Libraries

University Libraries Honor the 2021 Fall Semester Library Student Assistant Award Recipients

Image of Library Student Assistant Award Recipients - Fall 2021
Zyanya Menchaca-Howell, Jasmin Clark, Tori Ceyler

The University Libraries held our biannual Library Student Assistant Award reception on October 22, 2021. Three students were selected for the Fall semester awards and received a $500 award for their excellent job performance in the University Libraries. Library Student Assistant Awards are funded by contributions to the Campus Scholarship Innovation Campaign from the University Libraries’ staff and other donors, and interest earned from the Friends of the Libraries endowment fund. To date, 422 awards have been distributed to 245 students totaling over $197,150.

University Libraries staff and the Friends of the Libraries Board would like to congratulate this semester’s winners:

Tori Ceyler, a graduate student majoring in Social Work, began working for the Resource and Delivery Services Department in the Fall of 2020. She is honest, efficient, and accurate in her work. She takes her responsibilities seriously. This semester she has taken on additional responsibilities and has regular shifts at both the Information Desk and the Circulation Desk. She has a strong understanding of the libraries’ policies and priorities and does a great job at consistently helping new student workers understand the various details, exceptions, and issues that regularly arise as part of our Circulation work. Tori has helped train new student employees and sets the standard for them.

Jasmin Clark is a junior majoring in Integrated Language Arts who has worked for the Resource and Delivery Services Department and Information Commons Services Team since June 2021.  She is always helpful and courteous with co-workers and patrons. She has a very upbeat, can-do attitude and is willing to try different approaches and techniques to serve our patrons. She’s able to manage and prioritize questions that come in over the phone and in person at the Information Desk and the Circulation Desk. She is very conscientious and thorough in her work. Jasmin has demonstrated an eagerness and determination to learn all of the equipment in the Information Commons area so she can assist patrons in the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center as well as offer in depth assistance on the new photocopier/printer/scanners. She also spends time at the Circulation Desk assisting patrons with course reserves, checking materials in and out, and shelving items. 

This is Zyanya Menchaca-Howell’s third Library Student Assistant Award.  Majoring in Creative Writing, Zyanya is a senior who has worked for the Instruction & Research Services Department since Spring 2019. Zyanya has a tremendous work ethic, is a fast learner, adaptable to changing circumstances, and can lead, teach, or respectfully guide others. Working extensively with the Information Commons Services staff, Zyanya helped to develop the Holocaust Remembrance Month physical and book displays. Attention to detail and dependability were crucial to the success of the project. Zyanya has always been a library advocate and has repeatedly helped us discover and understand the library needs of our Wright State University Student Community.

Celebrate National Friends of the Libraries Week, October 17 – 23, 2021

Since 2005, the American Library Association has promoted National Friends of the Libraries Week during the third week of October as a time to recognize the dedication of Friends groups across the nation.

The Wright State University Friends of the Libraries were established in 1978 and is a group of Wright State faculty, staff, retirees, alumni, and community members who are committed to supporting the unique needs of the Wright State University Libraries and its patrons.

A few of the ways they support the mission of the WSU Libraries to provide quality research services, materials and library spaces for students, faculty, staff, and the Miami Valley community are:

  • The Friends support the library staff grants for research projects, new equipment and technology, staff development, and other special projects.
  • In collaboration with the Wright State University Retirees’ Association and the Wright State University Alumni Association they host a book club discussion on select Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. via WebEx.
  • In April they host an annual meeting and luncheon. For April 2021 they hosted a virtual “lunch-in” featuring WSU Alumna and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.
  • Twice per year they award $500 scholarships to library student assistants in recognition of their outstanding job performance and contributions to the work of the Libraries.
  • Annually in April, the Friends of the Libraries honor the “Top Scholars” selected by the Dean’s Office in each college and the Lake Campus.
  • And more…

If you are not already a member, please consider joining or renewing your membership today. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Friends of the Libraries Week than welcoming you to our membership!

University Libraries’ Book Club 2021-2022

Join us for the 2021-2022 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. on WebEx. Registration is encouraged but not required.

What We’re Reading:

September 14, 2021: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to by the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise to his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Cyril’s son Danny and his older sister Maeve are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another.

November 16, 2021: The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson

In Winston Churchill’s first year as England’s Prime Minister, he faced leading the country as Hitler began the nine-month Blitz bombing campaign. Best-selling author Erik Larson’s (Devil in the White City, Thunderstruck) examines Churchill’s family life, attempts to convince US President Roosevelt to join the war efforts, and his leadership of Great Britain during this challenging time

January 11, 2022: The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim

“Margot Lee’s mother isn’t returning her calls. It’s a mystery to twenty-six-year-old Margot, until she visits her childhood apartment in Koreatown and finds her mother dead under suspicious circumstances. The discovery sends Margot digging through the past, unraveling the facts of Mina’s life as a Korean War orphan and an undocumented immigrant, only to realize how little she truly knew about her mother.” – Amazon

March 8, 2022: The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Selected in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Paul Laurence Dunbar’s birth on June 27, 2022

“Berry Hamilton is an emancipated black man living in an unnamed city in the South with his wife Fannie and two children, Joe and Kitty. Berry works as a butler for a wealthy white man name Maurice Oakley, and the Hamilton family lives in a house on the Oakley property. It is a happy, stable life, and Berry is raising his children to dream big and believe themselves capable of great things.

This idyllic life is suddenly shattered one night at a dinner party. Maurice’s younger brother, Francis, accidentally leaves the key sitting in the safe, and a large amount of money is stolen. Berry is soon blamed for the theft after it is discovered that there has recently been a large deposit made in his bank account.” Excerpt taken from SuperSummary.

We Germans Book Cover

May 10, 2022: We Germans by Alexander Starritt

Fiction Winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for 2021, “We Germans is an intense, short novel with an enormous impact, because it faces into the great unanswerable human conundrum: the persistence of evil, the very nature of it, and all the facets of helpless striving from which it can spring. A young British man has questioned his grandfather about what it was like being a German soldier in World War II. The grandfather, Meissner, refuses to talk about it. But after his death, a long letter is discovered in his effects, addressed to the young man. “My dear Callum,” it begins. And the story unfolds.” (Richard Bausch, DLPP 2021 finalist judge and 2009 Fiction Award Winner for Peace.) Learn more about Alexander Starritt and We Germans on the Dayton Literary Peace Prize website.

Book titles are available for borrowing from the WSU Libraries collection, click on book titles above to check current availability. Don’t have a WSU library card? Join our Friends of the Libraries for borrowing privileges and help support the Libraries’ collections and programs.  

University Libraries Game Night Returns Friday August 27th

four women play games and smile in library group study room

The University Libraries invites all current Wright State students to attend our free Board Game Night, Friday, August 27, 2021 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Celebrate a successful first week of classes with food and games! Pizza, soda, and snacks will be provided while supplies last. Face masks are required.

This event will occur while the library is open (check out our fall semester hours here) so game night will be in the first floor Group Study Room. Check-in will be on the first floor by Starbucks. Your Wright1 Card is your ticket in, so please bring it with you.

This year we will focus specifically on board games and card games. The library has a large selection of board games, but feel free to bring your own games to share.

Stay tuned for the fall Starbucks hours!

Many thanks to our sponsors the Friends of the Libraries and Wright State Barnes and Noble Bookstore and to the Collegiate eSports Club and Tabletop Club for helping with the event!

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We are excited to welcome you back to campus and hope that you visit the library often!