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- Volume 10 Issue 1 -
February, 2012


New Alumni Display Features Various Works

The Library is proud to honor Otterbein alumni authors with a new display featured on the first floor near the reference computers. A different alumni author will be featured each month combining the topics of their book with library-owned materials that provide a closer look to the related topics. During the month of January, the Courtright Memorial Library featured Isabel Ziegler '40, and her new book, Rio Grande Sand in Your Shoes. February features To The Valley by Kenneth Jewett '76. The first in his frontier series depicting the struggles and triumphs of the Jewett family as they find their way in a new territory.

Do you have a favorite alumni author that you would like to see featured? Contact Elizabeth or Stacie at 823-1143; also, be sure to stop by and check out the display.


The Courtright Memorial Library

Celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month the Courtright Memorial Library has several displays. The Young Adult section on the lower level features books about African Americans such as Claudette Colvin, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks. Readers can also learn more about civil rights activists the Freedom Riders or read about the struggles of Mary Church Terrell's battle for integration.

Black History Month is also featured in first floor displays. One showcases favorite books and music of Otterbein faculty and staff as it relates to black history. We invite you to stop in to see what your co-workers are reading and listening to.The other display, courtesy of Lisa Phillips, is a rare collection of African American Barbie dolls. The Barbies represent the beauty and diversity of African American women as presented in the three collections on display, they are the Treasures of Africa Collection, the Classique Collection, and the Byron Lars Collection. Stop in soon to see this glamorous, cutting-edge display of style and couture.


Ancestry.com Now Available at Courtright Memorial Library

The library now offers Ancestry.com the Library Edition for your genealogy interest. Visitors can search birth and death certificates, family marriage records, along with immigration and travel records. In addition, Ancestry.com features newspaper articles and periodicals that may prove beneficial with searching your family legacy. Ancestry.com can be found by accessing Research Databases by Title on the library homepage. Contact a reference librarian with further questions and/or for assistance.


Stitches to Share: Crafters for a Cause

Stitches to Share: Crafters for a Cause is group of faculty, staff, and students working to provide handmade items to regional charitable organizations. The first recipient of these hats, scarves, and other handmade accessories was a charity responsible for providing warm gear to homeless and low-income people in our region. The next recipients will be local organizations that assist cancer patients.

How can you get involved? If you are interested in knitting or crocheting, join us at our sessions—they’re announced in Facebook, on O-Zone, and by email. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to knit or crochet: instruction is provided! If you can’t make it to a session, but want to donate finished projects, contact Judy, Colette, or Lois. If you would rather donate supplies, the group can always use yarn, knitting needles, and/or crochet hooks. The only requirement for the yarn is that it be machine-washable and soft.

For more information, please contact Judy Carey Nevin (jcareynevin@otterbein.edu), Colette Sheffer (asheffer@otterbein.edu) , or Lois Szudy (lszudy@otterbein.edu).


New materials added to the library in the past month. More...



Spring Semester Library Hours

Mon-Thurs 7:45am-2 am
Fri 7:45am-6pm
Sat 12 pm-6pm
Sun 12pm-2am


Lost and Found items at the Library

Did you know the Courtright Memorial Library has several lost items waiting to be found? A few of the unclaimed items include personal books and other reading materials, eye glass cases and glasses, and a few electronics. If you believe you lost or misplaced something in the library stop by the Circulation Desk with a description of the item.

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A Week In Black History

February 1818 - Frederick Douglass, born into slavery and unaware of his actual date of birth chose to celebrate his birth on February 14. He was born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. Douglass is well known for being an abolitionist leader and for several autobiographies.

February 11, 1990 - Anti-apartheid activist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is released from serving a 27-year prison term. He later became the president of South Africa serving from 1994-1999.

February 12, 1900 - James Weldon Johnson writes the lyrics to the black national anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing."

February 12, 1909 - The NAACP, originally called the National Negro Committee, is founded in New York City.

February 12, 1930 - The infamous Tuskegee Syphillis Experiment is funded. As a result, more than 600 poor, rural black men from Georgia and Alabama are lured under the false pretense of free health care and instead are experimented on in a study of the effects of untreated syphilis.The 40 year study was conducted between 1932 and 1972.

February 14, 1867 - Moorehouse College is founded in Augusta, GA as the Augusta Institute. It becomes Moorehouse College in 1913.

February 15, 1965 - Singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole dies of lung cancer at the age of 45.


Taylor, R. N. (2011). This week in black history. Retrieved from New Pittsburgh Courier

Need more information? Have more questions? Visit the library home page at http://library.otterbein.edu. Chat with a reference librarian at http://olc6.ohiolink.edu/.
E-mail us at Library@otterbein.edu or call us at 823-1984