Category: Community

Summer Reading Recommendations

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The Book Club recently met at Eudora Brewing Company for a casual conversation about books they’re reading and to share recommendations with others. If you’re looking for a summer read and were not able to make it to the discussion, below are a few of the titles mentioned by fellow clubbers. We’ve linked them to our catalog or the SearchOhio catalog to make it easy for you to request them.

Small Things Like These, by Claire Keegan

When Women Were Dragons, by Kelly Barnhill

The Very Secret Society of  Irregular Witches, by Sangu Mandanna

The Swiss Nurse, by Mario Escobar

The Covenant of Water, by Abraham Verghese

The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny, and Murder, by David Grann

The Sky Club, by Terry Roberts

Ma and Me, by Putsata Reang

Tastes Like War, by Grace M. Cho

Trust, by Hernan Diaz

Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver

The Motion Picture Teller, by Colin Cotterill

Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng

We’re also happy to share that registration is now available for our 2023-2024 Book Club discussions. Registration is not required but is encouraged. We’ll kick-off the year on September 21, 2023 with The Summers, by Ronya Othman, translated by Gary Schmidt (translator Dr. Gary Schmidt, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will be attending). 

More information about our 2023-2024 book discussions can be found at Library News. The Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, the WSU Alumni Association, and the WSU Retirees Association.

We hope you enjoy your summer and happy reading!

The Genius of the Wright Brothers and Construction of the 1903 Flyer

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1903 Wright Flyer Replica in Dunbar Library

Thursday, June 15, 2023

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Room 441 Dunbar Library

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Join us as Dr. Rubin Battino shares a brief history of powered flight including a discussion of the Wright brothers’ 1903 Flyer, the first machine to achieve controlled powered flight. He also will recount personal histories of the Wright brothers and their families.

Battino, an emeritus professor of chemistry, will present material showing how scientific the Wrights were in their approach to flying, even fabricating wind tunnels and other aerodynamic testing apparatus in their bicycle shop. He also will share what he learned by helping to construct the full-size replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer that now hangs in the atrium of the Dunbar Library.

Battino served on the faculty at Wright State from 1966 to 1995. He has given presentations on the Wright brothers and their mechanic, Charlie Taylor, in the United States and abroad. He was named “Speaker of the Year” by the Royal New Zealand Aeronautical Society and was a special speaker at Farnham in England.

The talk is cosponsored by the Wright State University Retirees Association and the Friends of the Libraries. The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is required and must be completed by Monday, June 12.

The Friends of the Libraries Elect New Board Members and Appoint a New Officer

At the Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors annual meeting held of April 26, 2023, the Board elected the following new Board members and officer:

WSURA Retirees Representative:  Peggy Bott

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Peggy Bott

Peggy Bott was born in Pennsylvania and spent most of her childhood in a small PA town that did not have much to offer except for a good library. She shares that she can’t imagine what she would have done without that library. Libraries have remained one of her favorite places to be, so she’s really pleased to be part of the Friends of the Libraries.

Most of her adult life has been spent in the Dayton area and most of her professional life has been spent at Wright State University. In the late 1970’s Peggy started as an advisor in the Raj Soin College of Business and eventually became the Undergraduate Program Director until her retirement in 2004.

As soon as she retired, she joined the Wright State Retirees Association and got to know Gary Barlow who was then the retirees’ liaison to the FOL. As soon as Gary told her that the FOL was sponsoring a book club, she joined and never regretted it. Peggy shares that as part of the book club she has read some great books that she may have missed if she wasn’t a member of this group, and states she has learned so much from other members.

On a more personal note, Peggy has two adult children, a daughter in Columbus and a son in North Carolina. Each have two children, so she has experienced the joy that grandchildren bring.

Student Representative:  Emily Mancuso

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Emily Mancuso

Emily Mancuso was elected to the FOL Board of Directors in the fall of 2022 as a non-voting student representative while shadowing student representative Christian Sanders who graduated in December. In January 2023, Emily stepped into the full role of student representative for The Friends of the Libraries Board of Directors. Emily has also served on the University Libraries’ Student Advisory Board since her first semester at Wright State. Emily brings her experience of working at a public library to her perspective as a student representative to the library.

She is a double major in English and International Studies. At the annual meeting, the Board appointed Emily to her first full term. Emily shares that she is looking forward to serving on the board this upcoming academic year.

Member-at-Large/Faculty Representative:  Lynn Hartzler

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Lynn Hartzler

Lynn Hartzler, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences where she also currently serves as chair. Lynn is a comparative physiologist, and studies how the brain controls breathing. She is particularly interested in how changes in body temperature alter the way the brain senses carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood. We use changes in ventilation to compensate for acid-base disturbances in the body and to deliver adequate oxygen to our cells. Her favorite class to teach is Animal Physiology where her students get to learn about different ways that animals’ bodies work and how many have interesting adaptations to varied environments. 

Lynn shares that she is delighted to have the opportunity to support the work of the Friends of the Libraries who have had such a positive impact on our students, staff, and faculty at Wright State University.

Community Representative:  Ellen Reinsch Friese, M.H.

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Ellen Reinsch Friese, M.H.

Ellen Reinsch Friese retired from Wright State University in 2021 after 25 years of service in research administration. In October 2017, she was named the Interim Vice Provost for Research overseeing the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Office of Technology Transfer, and the Office of Research Compliance and served in that role until retirement. During her tenure at Wright State, she earned a Master’s of Humanities degree, was a recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Human Relations, and served on numerous University committees.

Retirement has afforded Ellen the opportunity to pursue her interests in gardening, cooking, and reading. She previously served as a member of the Friends of the Libraries Board for six years and looks forward to reconnecting with the library community to support the important work of the organization.

Staff Representative:  Evan Mason

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Evan Mason

Evan is a two-time alum of Wright State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2013 and a Master of Arts in History in 2015. Since 2019, he has worked for Wright State’s Office of Disability Services, where he is a case manager and co-director of the Raiders on the Autism Spectrum Excelling (RASE) program. Prior to returning to WSU, Evan worked as a Local History & Genealogy Librarian for Greene County Public Library.

Evan lives in Beavercreek with his wife Christy and son Eli. In his free time, he enjoys listening to audiobooks, watching Cincinnati Reds games, and working on home improvement projects.

Secretary:  Kathi Herick

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Kathi Herick

Kathi Herick has worked in the field of library sciences for over 35 years. Her love of books and research was evident in her time as a student at Wright State where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology and worked at the University Libraries’ Reference and Interlibrary Loan departments’ information desks as a student employee. She went on to work three years at the Miami Valley Hospital Library before returning home to WSU to work in a variety of positions, retiring as the Head of the Library Computing Services department in September 2016. She received her Masters of Library Science from Kent State University.  

Kathi is also a passionate supporter of public libraries as a vital community and information resource. 

In her spare she time she enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with her husband, daughters, son-in-law, and her two adorable granddaughters.  

The Friends said good-bye to outgoing members of the Board: Gary Barlow, Natalie DeHorn, Stephanie Dickey, Glenn Graham, and Christian Sanders. We thank each of them for their many years of dedicated service to the Friends of the Libraries.

2023-2024 Book Club Titles Revealed!

We’re excited to announce the titles for our 2023-2024 Book Club discussions, sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries, the Wright State University Alumni Association, and the Wright State University Retirees Association. Book discussions will be held on select evenings from 5:30 p.m. –  6:30 p.m. online via WebEx. Registration will be available, but is not required. More information, including links to registration, the online events, and the books in the WSU Libraries’ collection will be posted soon.

If you can’t wait until September to talk about books, join us for a summer reading discussion at Eudora Brewing Company on Wednesday, June 21st at 5:00 p.m.! We’ll have a casual conversation about books we’re reading and share recommendations with each other.

If you want a head start on next year’s reading list, the titles for 2023-2024 discussions are:

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September 21, 2023 – The Summers, by Ronya Othmann, translated by Gary Schmidt (translator, Dr. Gary Schmidt, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will be attending)

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November 16, 2023 – Calling for a Blanket Dance, by Oscar Hokeah

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January 18, 2024 – Lucky Red, by Claudia Cravens

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March 21, 2024 – The Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction

Join the Friends of the Libraries today! Your membership supports the Libraries’ collections and programs while providing yourself the luxury of borrowing from an academic library containing a variety of subjects – from classic literature to the latest scientific discoveries, popular reading materials, and more.