Category: Events

Library Game Night, Friday August 26, 2022

Image of students playing games in the Dunbar Library

The University Libraries invites all current Wright State students to attend our free Game Night, Friday, August 26, 2022 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Celebrate a successful first week of classes with food and games! Pizza, snacks, and cookies will be provided while supplies last.

Join us in the first floor Group Study Room of Dunbar Library. Check-in will be at the Circulation Desk. Your Wright1 Card is your ticket in, so please bring it with you.

The focus will once again be on board games and card games, with a simple escape room to attempt if you feel adventurous! The library has a large selection of board games, but feel free to bring your own games to share.

Many thanks to our sponsor, the Friends of the Libraries, and to our student and staff volunteers.

Questions? Email: library-game-night@wright.edu.

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

Summer Reading Recommendations

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Are you looking for a great summer read? Join our Book Club for a summer reading discussion at Eudora Brewing Company on June 16th at 5:30 pm. We’ll have a casual conversation about books we’re reading and share recommendations with each other.

If you can’t make it to our in-person discussion, we have ideas for your summer reading! Our staff have suggested a few titles they recommend. We’ve linked them to our catalog or the SearchOhio catalog to make it easy for you to request them.

We’ve also included the list of titles from the past three years of titles from our Book Club. We hope you will join us for the 2022-2023 book discussions beginning in September 2022. The Book Club is sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, the WSU Alumni Association, and the WSU Retirees Association.

Enjoy your summer and happy reading!

Staff recommendations

Black Cake by Charmain Wilkerson – recommended by Lisa Bleeke, Business Manager

How to be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question by Michael Schur – recommended by Jane Wildermuth, Head of Special Collections and Archives

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir – recommended by Ran Raider, Government and History Librarian

Deer Season by Erin Flanagan – recommended by Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian

2021-2022 Book Club Titles

2020-2021 Book Club Titles

2019-2020 Book Club Titles

University Libraries’ Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Ceremony

The University Libraries’ annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held on May 4, 2022. At this ceremony two library staff were honored for years of service and two were selected for the Libraries’ annual Staff Achievement and Recognition (StAR) Award. The StAR award is a peer recognition program designed to honor excellence among library staff through individual awards. The Friends of the Libraries provide financial support for the awards.

Library Staff Years of Service Awards – 25 Years

Image of Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Beth Anderson, Information Desk Evening Supervisor
Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Beth Anderson, Information Desk Evening Supervisor

Beth has worked with the Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) since it opened over 20 years ago, helping students with multimedia presentations and technology. She has supervised many student assistants and is the LEAP Librarian.

Image of Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing, Chemistry, & Modern Languages Librarian
Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian; Ximena Chrisagis, Nursing, Chemistry, & Modern Languages Librarian

Ximena is the librarian for the School of Nursing, and the Departments of Chemistry and Modern Languages. Over her 25 years here she has also worked with History and Special Collections and Archives.

2022 StAR Winner: Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist 2

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Shannon Michalak, Library Operation Specialist; Matt Shreffler, Head of Resource Delivery Services

Shannon does an outstanding job connecting the Wright State University to resources in her role supporting interlibrary loans and course reserves. She is always willing to step up to the front desk, answer the phone, or help out wherever needed. She comes to work every day with her energy, enthusiasm, and positive attitude. Staff noted Shannon’s creativity and willingness to help. Shannon is creative and innovative, looking for solutions to improve processes. If you’ve checked out a bookable room in the past year, we had a much easier time finding the key, thanks to the 3D holder and key rings Shannon and her husband made to organize them. It improved the handling of the keys, and staff are now able to see which rooms are available and which rooms are checked out in a glance. Her colleagues shared that this has made a big improvement to the whole process. Her nominator concluded, “Shannon is great at everything she touches and we are lucky to have her.”  

2022 StAR Winner: Heather Back, Student Success Librarian

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Karen Wilhoit, University Librarian; Heather Back, Student Success Librarian; Mandy Shannon, Associate University Librarian

Heather brings energy and excitement, along with a smile and a positive attitude into the library as the Student Success Librarian. She channels this power into a wide variety of activities and projects from creating a Student Success Book Collection next to the Starbucks in the 1st Floor Group Study Rooms; promoting the Wright State University Libraries during Student Welcome Week; helping students during finals by coordinating DeStress for Success, and connecting Education students with the Charles and Renate Frydman Educational Resource Center, all with a focus of helping students succeed. Her colleagues noted that she plans things well in advance to keep things humming and fresh for students. She comes up with interesting projects for the student workers to help with. One colleague pointed to her attitude and interaction as building bridges between departments and across campus. The Wright State University Libraries have a special Student Success Librarian in Heather Back.  We are grateful for Heather’s fresh perspectives and students-first focus! 

Congratulations to all our award recipients and thank you to all our staff for their continued dedication and service to Wright State University and the University Libraries.

2022-2023 Book Club Titles Revealed!

We’re excited to announce the titles for our 2022-2023 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.

September 8, 2022 – Hell of a Book by Jason Mott

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November 10, 2022 – Blackout by Erin Flanagan

Author and Wright State University Professor of English, Erin Flanagan, will join our discussion.

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January 12, 2023 – Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak

March 9, 2023 – The Love Songs of W.E.B. Dubois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Winner of the 2022 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.