Friends of Reeves Library

2008 Events

2007 Events

2006 Events

2005 Events

2004 Events

2003 Events


2008 Events

Oct. 1 2008

Join us in the AfterWords Cafe, where we will be celebrating Banned Books week. To view a schedule of readings, click here.

Elfriede Abbe Print Sale

45% of the proceeds will benefit the Friends of Reeves Library. For more details, cilck here.

Annual Meeting and Reception

May 6, 2008, marks the day of the FORL annual meeting held in Reeves Library. The reception begins at 4:00 p.m. with the meeting starting at 4:30. The program, "The Art of the Book," will begin at 5:00. To view a copy of the full program, click here.

Author! Author!

Join the Friends on Friday, April 4, 2008, in Reeves Library's AfterWords Cafe from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. for a reception in honor of Moravian College & Moravian Theological Seminary faculty and staff who have become published authors in the last year.

 


2007 Events

Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies Reception

In December, the Friends hosted a reception in Reeves Library's AfterWords Cafe for the partipants in the Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies held on campus.

 

Young Adult Literature Forum: Harry Potter Examined 

In November, three perspectives on the Harry Potter phenomenon were offered in a panel discussion at the Bahnson Center featuring Dr. Martha Reid (Moravian College professor of English), Dr. Deborah Appler (Seminary professor of Old Testament), and John Granger (noted editor and author of books on the Harry Potter series).

 

Readings in Observance of Banned Books Week 

Student member Emily Gibbons organized a day-long observance of Banned Books Week in Reeves Library through a read-in on Halloween. Students, faculty, and staff chose a banned or challenged book to read in one of four locations throughout the library. Door prizes were awarded, food was available, and T-shirts marking the event were sold.

 

Cohen Lecture Reception 

The Friends hosted a reception for its members in the library prior to the annual Cohen Lecture.

 

New Teachers, New Books: Expanding the Collection to Support the Research Interests of Our Faculty 

May's annual meeting was followed by a presentation by three new faculty members (Jamie Paxton, History; Kerry Cheever, Nursing; Claudia Mesa, Foreign Languages) who described their research interests and how they used the money provided by the Friends to purchase books and media in their fields.

 

Author! Author! 

In April, the Friends hosted a Friday afternoon reception in Reeves Library's AfterWords Cafe in recognition of all Moravian College & Moravian Theological Seminary faculty and staff who had published within the last year. Copies of the publications were on display as the campus community gathered for an afternoon social.

 

Caught Between the Censors and the Testers: What Can We Do? 

In March, authors Sally Keehn and Jordan Sonnenblick were the special guests for an evening's discussion about the censorship of students' reading. Keehn spoke about the years of challenges her novel, I Am Regina, endured, and Sonnenblick added his insights as the national spokesperson for an anti-censorship group.

 


2006 Events

Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies Reception

In recognition of the college's first Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the Friends hosted a reception for the conference's plenary speaker in the library's AfterWords Cafe.

 

Cohen Lecture Reception

In October, Friends of Reeves Library enjoyed the company of new and continuing members at a reception held in the library prior to the college's annual Cohen Lecture.

 

Author! Author!

In April, Friends of Reeves Library hosted a reception honoring Moravian College & Moravian Theological Seminary faculty and staff who have published. FORL provided a wonderful and mouth-watering spread of hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer for all to enjoy, as folks mingled with the authors.

 

Conversations about Contemporary Fiction for Teen Readers

Friends gathered in March to watch the movie Speak, adapted from acclaimed author, Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel of the same name, and participated in a panel discussion with Anderson and young adult novelists David Lubar and Paul Acampora.


2005 Events

"Neither Noble Savage nor Heathen: Indian Portrayals in American History"

In connection with the Curtis exhibit, Mark Turdo ’97, curator of the Moravian Historical Society, presented Neither Noble Savage nor Heathen: Indian Portrayals in American History on October 27, 2005 in Reeves Library. Mr. Turdo discussed how popular culture, art, literature, and entertainment have influenced perceptions and misperceptions of Native Americans throughout our country’s history.

 

Images and Illusions: Edward S. Curtis and The North American Indian

A sampling of the photogravure prints selected from Curtis’ 20-volume masterwork, The North American Indian was on display in Reeves Library from October through December. Both beautiful and controversial, this work continues to influence perceptions of Native American history and cultures. Exhibition of this jewel of the library’s special collections was made possible, in part, through funds donated by the Friends of the Reeves Library and Robert P.L. Frick to improve the security of the exhibit cases.

 

Open House!

On October 5, 2005 Friends of Reeves Library hosted an Open House where new and current members of the Friends' group mingled and enjoyed the atmosphere of the library's ground-floor coffee shop.


2004 Events

Remembering the Shtetl: Isaac Bashevis and Beyond

On October 21st, students, faculty, administrators, guests, and interested community members gathered in Prosser auditorium to celebrate the life and work of Isaac Bashevis Singer, one of the foremost Yiddish writers of the twentieth century. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978 and two National Book Awards, Singer enjoyed an impressive career writing novels, short stories, memoirs, children’s books, articles, and essays. Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, Professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers University, presented a slide lecture titled “The Shtetl: Isaac Bashevis Singer and Beyond.”

In the lecture, Dr. Shandler discussed the efforts that Singer and other artists made to record Jewish life in the shtetl, the self-sufficient Jewish communities connected to peasant villages in 19th-century Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. After his lecture, Dr. Shandler took questions from the audience.

The presentation was followed by a reception in the HUB lounge. This first FORL event of the year was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and coordinated by the Library of America. Additional funding was provided by the Arts & Lectures Committee, Wendy and Ross Born, and Multicultural Affairs/ Institutional Diversity.

Added to the Archives 11/16/04


Friends of Reeves Library Annual Meeting, April 14, 2004

Inaugural Year Report:

Friends of Reeves Library Chair, Dr. Janet S. Loengard, gave the first annual report to the members.

Membership Report: 65 Members joined during the Inaugural Year

Financial Report: Friends raised over $10,300.00 during the Inaugural Year

Added to archives 08/10/04


The History & Practice of Book Binding

On April 14, 2004, over 40 Friends of Reeves Library members and guests attended a lecture given by Scott H. Husby (Rare Books Conservator at Princeton University Library) about the ways in which people have bound books throughout history. Illustrating his lecture with detailed slides, Husby described the construction and decoration of books from the most luxurious to the most humble volumes. He also evaluated 20 books for attendees, including leather bound books, a book with parchment pages, books in need of repair, and books with intact hinges.

Added to archives 08/10/04


Author Reading with Jane Rawlings

Friends of Reeves Library gathered for an intimate reading and book signing with Jane Rawlings, author of the highly acclaimed novel, The Penelopeia. Rawlings’ charismatic reading transported the audience through the epic adventures of Penelope, the wife of the Greek hero Odysseus. Rawlings signed copies of The Penelopeia for the audience of Friends.  

Added to archives 08/10/04


2003 Events

 

Buried Treasure

The opening of Archivist John Weeren's exhibit, Buried Treasure: Discovering the Moravian College Archives, on October 23, 2003 was truly a memorable event. Weeren spoke about the crucial role of archives in illuminating the past to a crowd of attendees, including Friends of Reeves Library and Moravain College students, faculty, and staff. The exhibit continued through November 30.
Added to archives 03/26/04

Turning of the Crank

On Tuesday, Dec. 9, Robert Frick, honorary chair of the Friends of the Library; John Weeren, former Moravian College Archivist; and Rita Berk, Library Director, turn the crank for the first time on the new compact shelving installed in the College Archives located in Reeves Library.

The generosity of the Friends of Reeves Library, coupled with other funds, has ushered in a new era for the Moravian College Archives. A cramped and cluttered space has been transformed into a user- and document-friendly facility. Incorporating a combination of mobile, cantilever, and four-post shelving, the reconfigured Archives will accommodate 824 linear feet of archival materials (almost twice the size of its current holdings), which will be placed in acid-free record storage boxes. In addition, ten drawers and three shelves of oversize storage have been installed, allowing blueprints, posters, and other large items to be housed properly.

The new shelving replaces a combination of filing cabinets, shelves, floor space, and tabletops that were inadequate, cumbersome, and poorly suited to the long-term survival of archival materials. These can now be organized efficiently and safely, and there is ample room for growth. Holdings that were previously scattered between two rooms will be concentrated in one, allowing the Archives to accommodate researchers and creating an enhanced workspace for the College Archivist and student assistants. In short, the Friends have helped to ensure that the Archives will be able to do justice to its mission of collecting, preserving, and facilitating access to the long and rich history of Moravian College.

Added to archives 04/15/04