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Fall 2013-Summer 2014 Programs

FRIENDS OF THE NIU LIBRARIES ANNUAL MEETING

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7:30 pm

Founders Library Staff Lounge, Lower Level

DeKalb's Mayor, John Rey will be our guest speaker. (More details to come)

This event is free and open to the public, and there will be snacks!

Please join us!


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Life Lessons Learned From Sports

Fred Mitchell

Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:30 pm

Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library, Lower Level

Since joining the Chicago Tribune in 1974, Fred Mitchell has covered the
Cubs, Bulls and Bears beats. He now writes a weekly column and handles
several other assignments.

Mitchell has written 11 books, including biographies with Bears Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Richard Dent, and Cubs Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams. He also wrote "Playing Through" with Earl Woods, the late father of PGA champ Tiger Woods. Mitchell received the "Jim Murray Award" as the outstanding sportswriter in 2000 from the American Football Foundation and the "Bill Gleason Award" for the outstanding sportswriter in 2009 from baseball's Pitch and Hit Club. Born in Cincinnati, Mitchell grew up in Gary, Ind., earning letters in football, baseball and track, while also serving as editor-in-chief of the newspaper and yearbook at Tolleston High School. He later coached football and track for five years at Grove City (Ohio) High School, where he taught English. At Wittenberg University, Mitchell was named to the Lutheran College All-America team in 1968 after setting the NCAA College Division record for career kick scoring. He was inducted into Wittenberg’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, the American Football Association Minor League Football Hall of Fame in 1999, and the American Football Kicking Hall of Fame in 2013. Since 2009, an annual national award for the outstanding kicker among the 750 FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and community colleges is handed out during the National Football Foundation ceremony and is named in his honor (www.fredmitchellaward.com).

A member of the Wittenberg University Board of Directors, Mitchell received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2000 and was named a Wittenberg Fellow in 2001. The Fred Mitchell Scholarship is awarded annually to the Wittenberg upper-class student who combines athletic and journalistic achievement. In 2010, Mitchell received the Irv Kupcinet Media Award, and was inducted into the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Mitchell lives in Chicago with his wife, Kim, and son, Cameron.

This event is free and open to the public

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Understanding Our Asymmetric Universe

Dave Hedin

Dr. David Hedin

Board of Trustees Professor, Experimental Particle Physics, Northern Illinois University

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 7:30 pm

Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge, Lower Level

This event is free and open to the public

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2013-2014 Elizabeth Allen Visiting Speaker Series in Art History Presents:

Twelfth-Century English Giant Illuminated Bibles

Lecture by Christopher de Hamel

Christopher de Hamel, Corpus Christi College, Univeristy of Cambridge

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5:00 pm, Room 100, Art Building Auditorium, NIU

contact: jsmola@niu.edu

co-sponsored by the Friends of the NIU Libraries

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Friends Faculty & Staff Wine and Cheese Social

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 4-5:30 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th Floor, Founders Memorial Library

This is an invitation-only event. Watch your mail for invitations!

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Open Access in a Nutshell -- Updated!

Lynne Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections and Associate Professor

The Open Access to Research Articles Act was signed into Illinois State Law in 2013.
Learn about how Open Access practices can help your publications get more notice, and how NIU might consider handling the requirements of the law.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge, Lower Level

This event is free and open to the public.

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When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Where: Northern Illinois University, Altgeld Hall
Who: Students and school groups in grade 8 and up
Cost: $5 per student (includes registration and pizza party lunch

Co-Sponsored by the Friends of NIU Libraries

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American Social History Through Sheet Music

 

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Speaker: Lee Schreiner

Staff Lounge, Lower Level, Founders Memorial Library
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
This event is free and open to the public.
Presented in conjunction with an exhibit in Founders Memorial Library.

Please join us!

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Fall 2012- Spring 2013 Programs

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The intersection of puppetry and science‑fiction

with Mary Robinette Kowal

October 4, 2012 7:30 pm

Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library, Lower Level

Joins us for an evening of discussing the intersection of storytelling methods in two mediums, including a puppetry demonstration.

Mary Robinette Kowal

(photo credit: © 2010 Annaliese Moyer)

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010). In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2011, her short story “For Want of a Nail” won the Hugo Award for Short Story. Her work has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. Stories have appeared in Strange HorizonsAsimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies as well as in her collection Scenting the Dark and Other Storiesfrom Subterranean.

Mary, a professional puppeteer and voice actor, has performed for LazyTown (CBS), the Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Pictures and founded Other Hand Productions. Her designs have garnered two UNIMA-USA Citations of Excellence, the highest award an American puppeteer can achieve. She also records fiction for authors such as Kage Baker, Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi.

Mary lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and over a dozen manual typewriters. Visit www.maryrobinettekowal.com.

 

This event is free and open to the public

 

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Election 2012—The voters get their say and what lies ahead

with Rick Pearson, Political Reporter, Chicago Tribune

Thursday, November 15, 2012 7:30 pm

Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library, Lower Level

Rick Pearson

Rick Pearson is the political writer for the Chicago Tribune, a position he has held since September 1997.

An award-winning journalist, Pearson has spent more than three decades reporting on Illinois government and politics. He also has traveled the country as part of the Tribune’s presidential election coverage teams. He covered both of George W. Bush’s campaigns and the 2004 Democratic primary race. In 2007, Pearson was one of the first reporters to set up shop in Iowa for the leadoff caucuses and spent the next 18 months covering candidates in both parties, including a former state senator whom he began covering in Springfield in 1996 named Barack Obama.

In addition to his duties for the Chicago Tribune, Pearson also regularly reports for WGN radio and television. He covered the Democratic and Republican national conventions—his seventh election cycle attending the country’s premier presidential nominating events.

Pearson has been a guest on numerous local, national and international broadcast television and radio programs, ranging from WGN-TV to CNN and the BBC.

Pearson joined the Chicago Tribune in September 1988 as a suburban reporter and later served as Statehouse correspondent in Springfield for eight years. Previously, he was Illinois political editor for United Press International in Springfield and political editor for the Rockford Register-Star.

This event is free and open to the public

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For Friends Members and Friends of the NIU Museum Members Only:

Private Wine & Cheese Reception & Curator's Talk

Thursday, January 10, 7:15 pm

NIU Art Gallery, Altgeld Hall 1st floor

Enjoy a guided tour of the Vice and Virtue exhibit by Curator Peter Olson

and a book viewing and discussion by Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections Lynne M. Thomas

This is a members-only event

Additional Public Rare Book Viewings

Large and fragile volumes on display in the museum will be taken out of their vitrines and paged through by Lynne Thomas and a museum staff member with delicate, clean hands.

Wednesday, January 30, 3:30 pm and Tuesday, February 12, 12:30 pm

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Becoming Mrs. Lincoln:The Difficulties and Rewards of Portraying an Historical Figure

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

7:30 pm

Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge (Lower Level)

Laura Keyes as Mrs. Lincoln

Throughout the Midwest, Miss Keyes’ meticulously researched performances as Mary Todd Lincoln have received wonderful reviews. Actress Laura Keyes shares how she researches and prepares her portrayal of Mrs. Lincoln in an entertaining and educational program, describing how she started this hobby, where she conducts her research and purchases her supplies, and just how she deals with the elaborate period clothing.

Laura Keyes graduated from UW-Madison with a Master’s Degree in Library Studies, and is the Library Director of The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg. She enjoys researching literary symbolism, and is contracted to write a book on that subject. In her non-existent spare time, Laura is a wonderful baker and accomplished vocalist. Laura’s past roles on stage include Mary Todd Lincoln in Mrs. Lincoln, Elizabeth in Frankenstein, Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Claire in Fuddy Meers, Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Even More Info:www.LauraFKeyes.com

This event is free and open to the public

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Save the Date!

An Evening with Gene Wolfe

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Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 7:00 pm

Note earlier time! Mr. Wolfe will happily sign books from 7-7:30 pm. At 7:30 we begin our discussion of The Shadow of the Torturer.

Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge

This is a joint meeting with the DeKalb Public Library's Science Fiction Book Club

We will be discussing Mr. Wolfe's first novel, The Shadow of the Torturer beginning at 7:30 pm.

A few copies of Mr. Wolfe's books may be available for purchase: stay tuned!

 

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Lauren Beukes

Book Tour Stop

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Friends Annual Meeting

Monday, June 10, 2013

7:00 pm

Lauren Beukes

Join us as Clarke-Award winning writer Lauren Beukes stops in DeKalb as part of her national book tour, to launch the US edition of her novel The Shining Girls, a thriller about a time-traveling serial killer.

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Sky Room, Holmes Student Center

This event is free and open to the public.

Copies of The Shining Girls will be available for sale at the event.

There will be a very brief Annual meeting of the Friends as well. Our record is 5 minutes long; let's see if we can beat it!

 

2011-2012

Wine and Cheese Party

Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Thursday, September 1, 2011, 4-6 pm

A campus meet and greet reception featuring wine and cheese.

This is an invitation-only event.

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Future Power Sources To Meet Our Energy Needs

Theodore Krause, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division
Argonne National Laboratory

The U.S. currently derives about 85% of its energy from fossil fuel sources -- petroleum, natural gas, and coal.With growing concerns regarding the use of these energy sources such as the economic impact of foreign petroleum imports and the environmental impact of CO2 emissions from coal, new technologies are being developed to increase our use of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and biomass. In this presentation, I will give an overview of some of the new technologies being developed, such as wind mills, solar panels, and biofuels, which utilize these renewable energy sources describing their benefits, projections for their growth over the next 20 years, and the challenges they face to achieve their projected growth.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 7:30 PM
Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library Lower Level

Sponsored by by the Friends of the NIU Libraries

This event is free and open to the public.

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A tale of polar canaries, humanity's future and some NIU history

Ross Powell, Board of Trustees Professor and Distinguished
Research Professor, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Date Change! November 10, 2011, 7:30 PM
Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library Lower Level

The world's polar regions are acting as the "canaries in a coal‑mine" as our globe warms. Unfortunately these areas are "off the radar" for much
of the US population as scientists (including us at NIU) are trying to convey the urgency to act to political leaders and the general public.
Warming and its effects can be controlled if we act now. This talk will cover aspects of these global warming issues and how they relate to
this region. The role NIU's scientists play in this research will be highlighted and placed in perspective of NIU's 40 years of polar research tradition.

Sponsored by by the Friends of the NIU Libraries

This event is free and open to the public.

A Day of Doctorow:

Cory Doctorow keynotes a STEMFest Teen Read event

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the NIU Libraries

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 9:30 am-2:30 pm, Keynote by Doctorow at noon.

For additional information, contact, Gillian King-Cargile at gkingcargile@niu.edu or (815) 753-6784.

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Gear Up For Baseball!

An Evening with Kevin Goldstein

National Writer, Scouting & Development, for Baseball Prospectus & ESPN

Get the scoop on the upcoming baseball season, just before pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 7:30 pm

Founders Memorial Library Staff Lounge (Lower Level)

This event is free and open to the public.

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Friends Annual Book Appraisal Fair

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 1:30-3:00 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th Floor, Founders Memorial Library

Once again, appraisals will be provided by Thomas Joyce of Thomas J. Joyce & Co. and the Chicago Rare Book Center, who appeared on HGTV's Appraisal Fair program, and William Butts, of Main Street Fine Books, in Galena, IL. Mr. Butts, who has appeared on PBS's "History Detectives," has extensive experience with appraising ephemera and autographs.

Individual appraisals cost $10 per title.

Members of the Friends receive their first three appraisals for free, and subsequent appraisals at the discounted rate of $5 each.

We will gladly accept new Friends memberships on-site.

Please Join Us!

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'Such is Fame!': Louisa May Alcott and the Real Little Women

Dinner and a Talk with Daniel Shealy

Saturday, May 5, 2012, Sky Room, Holmes Student Center

Dinner at 6pm; Talk at 7:30

The Friends of the NIU Libraries are pleased to announce a joint meeting with the Horatio Alger Society.
Friends members are cordially invited to join the Horatio Alger Society Annual Banquet for dinner and a keynote by Daniel Shealy, noted Louisa May Alcott scholar from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Dinner Tickets for this event ($30) are available by emailing Angie Schroeder (aschroeder@niu.edu).

The talk, beginning at 7:30 pm, is free and open to the public.

 

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Friends Annual Meeting and Ice Cream Social

(Join us for Ollie's frozen custard, good company, and the world's shortest business meeting, so that we can focus on eating the Ollie's.)

Monday, June 18, 2012 3:30 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections Department, Founders Memorial Library 402

This event is free and open to the public.

 

2010-2011

Wine and Cheese Party

Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 4-6 pm

A campus meet and greet reception featuring wine and cheese.

This is an invitation-only event.

 

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An Evening with Jack London

October 1, 2010, 7:00 PM
DeKalb Public Library

Michael Oakes of Live Oakes Educational Theater presents the life of Jack London.

Sponsored by the DeKalb Public Library; co-sponsored by the Friends of the NIU Libraries

This event is free and open to the public.

This event is part of The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

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NIU New Music Ensemble Concert & Pre-Concert Lecture

Monday, November 29, at 7:00 pm

Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU campus

Gregory Beyer (NIU School of Music faculty), Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Shulamit Ran (University of Chicago), and David M. Gordon (Wheaton College) will present a pre-concert lecture prior to the

New Music Ensemble concert featuring the music of Ran and Gordon.  The concert will take place at 8 p.m, immediately following the lecture. 

This event is free and open to the public.

"How Chicago Became America's Hottest Theater City"

Chris Jones, Theatre Critic for the Chicago Tribune

February 15, 2011, 7:30 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections Department, Founders Memorial Library 402

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An Evening with Author Alex Bledsoe

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 7:00-9:00 pm.

Ellwood House Carriage House

Join us for Sweet Dreams desserts and a lively book discussion with SF author Alex Bledsoe about his book The Sword-Edged Blonde,
the March selection for the DeKalb Public Library's Destination Wonder SF Book Club.
Co-Sponsored by the DeKalb Public Library

This event is free and open to the public.

 

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Blair Kamin, Pulitzer-Prize winning Architecture Critic for the Chicago Tribune

"Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age"

April 7, 2011, 7:30 pm

Staff Lounge , Founders Memorial Library (Lower Level)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune surveys the period bracketed by the September 11 terrorist attacks and the opening of the world's tallest building in Dubai. As his new book reveals, this was an era of extreme oscillation -- between artistic triumph and urban disaster, frugal energy-saving architecture and giddy design excess. It was a time of terror and wonder, and buildings were central to its narrative.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Book Appraisal Fair

Sunday, May 1, 2011
11 am-2 pm
Rare Books and Special Collections Department

Once again, appraisals will be provided by Thomas Joyce of Thomas J. Joyce & Co. and the Chicago Rare Book Center, who appeared on HGTV's Appraisal Fair program, and William Butts, of Main Street Fine Books, in Galena, IL. Mr. Butts, who has appeared on PBS's "History Detectives," has extensive experience with appraising ephemera and autographs.

Individual appraisals cost $10 per title.

Members of the Friends receive their first three appraisals for free, and subsequent appraisals at the discounted rate of $5 each.

We will gladly accept new Friends memberships on-site.

Please Join Us!

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Friends Annual Meeting and Ice Cream Social

(Join us for Ollie's frozen custard, good company, and the world's shortest business meeting, so that we can focus on eating the Ollie's.)

Monday, June 13, 3:30 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections Department, Founders Memorial Library 402

This event is free and open to the public.

 

 

2009-2010

Wine & Cheese Party / Special Members-Only Exhibit Preview

"Heroes, Villains, and the American Zeitgeist"

Comic Books from the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of the University Libraries

Curated by Lynne Thomas

For Friends of the NIU Libraries and NIU Art Museum Members

Sunday, January 24, 4-6 pm

Hallcase Galleries, Altgeld Hall

This is an invitation-only event.

An Evening With Sarah Monette

Sarah Monette

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 7:00-9:00 pm.

Ellwood House Carriage House

Join us for Sweet Dreams desserts and a lively discussion with SF author Sarah Monette about her book The Bone Key, the March selection for the DeKalb Public Library's Destination Wonder SF Book Club.
Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library

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The Rockford Route: A 'Twilight Railroad' That Served DeKalb

Presented by H. Roger Grant, Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History, Clemson University

Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Friday, April 9, 2010, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

The Rockford Route, specifically the Illinois, Iowa & Minnesota and then the Chicago, Milwaukee & Gary (eventually part of the Milwaukee Road), built through DeKalb early in the century and triggered considerable economic growth, including establishment of the Melville-Clark Piano Company and expansion of the American Steel & Wire factory. Dr. Grant has written about all three steam railroads that served DeKalb. His histories of the Chicago & North Western
and Chicago Great Western were both published by NIU Press, and his work on the Rockford Route will appear as a chapter in a forthcoming book from the University of Minnesota Press.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Book Appraisal Fair


Sunday, May 2, 2010
11 am-2 pm
Rare Books and Special Collections Department

Once again, appraisals will be provided by Thomas Joyce of ;Thomas J. Joyce & Co. and the Chicago Rare Book Center, who appeared on HGTV's Appraisal Fair program, and William Butts, of Main Street Fine Books, in Galena, IL. Mr. Butts, who has appeared on PBS's "History Detectives," has extensive experience with appraising ephemera and autographs.

Individual appraisals cost $10 per title.

Members of the Friends receive their first three appraisals for free, and subsequent appraisals at the discounted rate of $5 each.

We will gladly accept new Friends memberships on-site.

Please Join Us!

 

Fall 2009 Programs


Wine and Cheese Party

Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Wednesday, September 2 2009 from 4:00 to 6:00

A campus meet and greet reception featuring wine and cheese provided by Inbodens of Dekalb.

This is an invitation-only event.

"The John Deere Story: Building a Frontier Business"

Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Tuesday, October 6, 2009, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Did you know that John Deere never saw a tractor? In fact, he died thirty two years before the company's first production tractor was introduced. Join Neil Dahlstrom, co-author of The John Deere Story: A Biography of Plowmakers John and Charles Deere, as he provides insights into the first seventy years of John Deere. From the "invention" of the steel plow in 1837 to becoming the largest steel plow manufacturer in the world by 1900, see how John and Charles Deere, father and son, together built a thriving business on the edge of the frontier.

This event is free and open to the public.

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"Slavery, Anti-Slavery, and the Underground Rail Road"

A lecture presented by Dr. Owen Muelder,
Director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Center at Knox College

Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Wednesday, November 11, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Owen Muelder, Director of the Director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Center at Knox College, will discuss the Underground Rail Road in Illinois and the Dekalb area.

This event is free and open to the public.

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"Picturing Hemingway"

A lecture presented by by Redd Griffin,
a founding director and past chair of
the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park.
Thursday, March 5th, 2009, 7:30 pm
Rare Books and Special Collections
Founders Memorial Library 402A

This talk is in conjunction with the "Picturing Hemingway" traveling exhibit, developed by the Ernest Hemingway foundation and the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery, on display on the first floor of Founders' Memorial Library through the end of January. Press Release.

This event is free and open to the public.

Faculty Wine Tasting

Rare Books and Special Collections Department
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 from 4:00 to 6:00

A campus meet and greet reception featuring wines by Rouge Cellars, Creston, IL.

This is an invitation-only event.

Pizza with an Author: E.E. Knight

E.E. Knight

Thursday, April 9, 2009, 7:00 pm
Pizza Villa "Party Room," 824 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb

Join us for pizza and a lively discussion with SF author E.E. Knight about his book Choice of the Cat, the April selection for the DeKalb Public Library's Destination Wonder SF Book Club.
Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library

This event is free and open to the public.

April 18, 2009

"Death By Chocolate: Chicago-Area Mystery Writers Discuss their work"


Members of The Outfit, a mystery writers’ collective, will speak briefly on a panel about mystery writing in Chicago. Books will be available for purchase and each author will be happy to sign copies of their work.

Appearing authors include:

Libby Fischer Hellmann, the author of 5 novels; she writes the Ellie Forman series, and her most recent novel is Easy Innocence.

Jack Fredrickson writes the Vlodek (Dek) Elstrom series of crime novels. His first novel, A Safe Place for Dying, was nominated for a Shamus Award. His most recent novel, Honestly Dearest, Your’e Dead was released in February 2009, and was positively reviewed by both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Michael Allen Dymmoch is the author of 9 novels, including his most recent, M.I.A.

Barbara D'Amato’s most recent book, Death of a Thousand Cuts, was published in 2004. She writes a mystery series starring Chicago freelance investigative reporter Cat Marsala, a series starring Chicago patrol cops Suze Figueroa and Norm Bennis, and standalone novels. She has won numerous reader’s choice awards, an Agatha, an Anthony, and a Mary Higgins Clark Award for her work.

Sam Reaves is the author of five crime novels. His forthcoming novel, Mean Town Blues, will be available in January 2010. His most recent novel, Homicide 69, was selected by Barbara Fister as one of her Crime Fiction Top Ten in 2007.


2:00-4:30 pm, Ellwood House Carriage House
Refreshments by Sweet Dreams Desserts

This event is free and open to the public

Book Appraisal Fair
Sunday, May 3, 2009
11 am-2 pm
Rare Books and Special Collections Department

Once again, appraisals will be provided by Thomas Joyce of ;Thomas J. Joyce & Co. and the Chicago Rare Book Center, who appeared on HGTV's Appraisal Fair program, and William Butts, of Main Street Fine Books, in Galena, IL. Mr. Butts, who has appeared on PBS's "History Detectives," has extensive experience with appraising ephemera and autographs.

Individual appraisals cost $10 per title.

Members of the Friends receive their first three appraisals for free, and subsequent appraisals at the discounted rate of $5 each.

We will gladly accept new Friends memberships on-site.

Please Join Us!

 

 


2007-2008

The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893: A 3-D Virtual Tour
Presented by Lisa M. Snyder,
Architectural historian at UCLA.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7:30 pm
Holmes Student Center-Regency Room
Join us as Lisa Snyder walks us through a 3-dimensional reconstruction of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.
This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Friends of the NIU Libraries

An evening with Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me"
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Friends
Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 7:00 pm
Barsema Alumni & Visitor's Center
Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
Cost: $25
Mr. Sagal will give a short talk, and will also be signing copies of his most recent book, The Book of Vice.
Tickets may be purchased by calling: 815-753-8091; if space permits, tickets will also be available at the door.

Second Annual Faculty Wine Tasting
Marshall Gallery, Swen Parson Hall
Thursday, September 11 from 4:30 to 6:30

A meet and greet reception featuring wines by Rouge Cellars, Creston, IL.

Annual Meeting and Ice Cream Social
Thursday, July 17th from 3-4:30
Rare Books and Special Collections, Founders' Library 4th floor.

There will be a short business meeting, including elections. This is also an opportunity to meet our new Dean, Patrick Dawson.

For further information, please call (815) 753-8091.

"Emersonian Borrowings: Sufi Poetry in 19th-Century America"
Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Einboden,
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 pm
Founders Memorial Library Staff Lounge
Dr. Einboden will discuss the evolution of Ralph Waldo Emerson's translations of Sufi poetry.

The Friends of the NIU Libraries is sponsoring our 2nd Annual Book Appraisal Fair.
Sunday, May 4, 2008, 12-4 pm, in the Heritage Room at the Holmes Student Center on the NIU Campus.Once again, appraisals will be provided by Thomas Joyce of ;Thomas J. Joyce & Co. and the Chicago Rare Book Center, who appeared on HGTV's Appraisal Fair program, and William Butts, of Main Street Fine Books, in Galena, IL, who has extensive experience with appraising ephemera.

The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893"
CANCELLED - will be rescheduled
Presented by Lisa M. Snyder,
Architectural historian at UCLA.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 7:30 pm
Holmes Student Center-Sky Room

"The Interpersonal Intelligence of Abraham Lincoln"
Presented by Robert Cotner,
Independent Scholar and member of the Caxton Club.
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007, 7:30 pm
Founders Memorial Library; Lower Level Staff Lounge

"Schoolhouse Memories: from Sawdust to Quilt"
Dr. Lucy Townsend,
curator of the Blackwell History of Education Museum,
will discuss memory making as related to local country schools.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2007, 7:30 pm
Founders Memorial Library; Lower Level Staff Lounge

2006-2007 Programs

"Lincoln and Black Hawk"
Film screening and discussion with the director of the film,
Dr. Jeffrey Chown
Professor, NIU Department of Communication
Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, 7:00 pm
Diversions Lounge, Holmes Student Center
Click
here for additional information about the film.

Yule Ball
Saturday, December 2, 2006
Altgeld Hall
Co-Sponsored by External Programming, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,
and the Friends of the NIU Libraries
In conjunction with the Mini Winter Muggle Academy

Book Appraisal Fair
Sunday, March 18, 2007, 1-5 pm
Marshall Gallery, Swen Parson Hall. Appraisers: Thomas Joyce, of Thomas J. Joyce & Company and The Chicago Rare Book Center, formerly of HGTV's "The Appraisal Fair" program and Bill Butts, of Main Street Fine Books, Galena, IL

2005-2006 Programs

A Trip to the Newberry Library
Sponsored by the Friends of NIU Libraries
Saturday, November 5th, 9:00 am to 5 pm
To view the exhibit: Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country

Editing History: The Griffith Letters and the Civil War
Joan Metzger
Founders' Library Staff Lounge, Lower Level
Wednesday, November 9th, 7:30 pm

An Evening With Jill Thompson and Brian Azzarello
Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th Floor, Founders' Library
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30 pm
Jill Thompson is the artist and writer of Scary Godmother, as well as one of the contributing artists to Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
Brian Azzarello is the writer of 100 Bullets and Hellblazer, as well as runs on Superman and Batman.

Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court
Artemus Ward, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Founders' Library Staff Lounge, Lower Level
Thursday, January 19th, 7:30 pm

Charity With a Vengeance: The Politics of Mardi Gras in Cajun Louisiana
Dr. Carl Lindner, University of Houston
Co-sponsored with the Center for Research on Festive Culture
Illinois Room, Holmes Student Center
Thursday, March 9, 5:00 pm

What You Really Need To Know About Oil in the Middle East
Mark P. Fischer, Department of Geology
Founders' Library Staff Lounge, Lower Level
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 pm

Iris, You and Me: A visual presentation on the influence of the English author and philosopher, Iris Murdoch.
Mary-Glynn Boies, artist
Founders' Library Staff Lounge, Lower Level
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 pm

Friends Annual Business Meeting and Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, July 12th, 3:30-5:00 pm
Founders' Library Staff Lounge, Lower Level

 

2004-2005

Polarization of Voters in the 2004 Election?
Barbara Burrell, Associate Director of the NIU Public Opinion Laboratory
Thursday, September 14th, 2004, 7:30 p.m.
Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge (Lower Level)

Social Change as Reflected in the Sheet Music of World War I
Lee Schreiner
Thursday, November 11th, 7:30 p.m.
Rare Books and Special Collections, Founders Library 402

The Shadow of Philip K. Dick
Stephen Wright
Thursday, March 31, 7:30 p.m.
Founders Memorial Library Staff Lounge (Lower Level)

The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Memory
Prof. Anis Contractor
Thursday, April 14, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Founders Memorial Library Staff Lounge (Lower Level)

An Evening with Einstein in the Library: The First Beautiful Mind (A World Year of Physics Celebration)
Dr. Carol Thompson, Professor, NIU Physics department "When did modern physics enter the learning curve?"
Dr. Harold Brown, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, NIU Philosophy Dept. "Relativity and Relativism: Some Misconceptions"
Dr. Roger Dixon, Fermi National Laboratory
"The Special Theory of Relativity in the Laboratory and in the Imagination"
Monday, May 2, 2005, 7:30 pm.
Founders Memorial Library Staff Lounge (Lower Level)
Sponsors: Northern Illinois University Libraries; The Friends of the NIU Libraries; NIU Physics Department

Friends Annual Business Meeting and Ice Cream Social
Thursday, June 2nd, 4:00 pm
Founders' Library Staff Lounge, Lower Level
At 5:00 pm, Neil Shalin, Author of
Out by a Step: The 100 Best Players NOT in the Baseball Hall of Fame
will give a short talk.
Mr. Shalin will be available to sign copies of his book.

2003-2004

Experiences in Afghanistan in a Surgical Team
Dr. John Dirk Wassner
September 19th, 2003, 7:30 p.m., Terwilliger Auditorium, Montgomery Hall

The Prairie
Verlyn Klinkenborg
October 16th, 2003, 7:30 p.m. Founders Library Staff Lounge

Founders Online: An Introduction to Electronic Resources
Mary Munroe
November 19th, 2003, 7:30 p.m. FML Smart Classroom, Room 297

Therapeutic Cloning and Public Policy
Prof. Andrea Bonnicksen
February 18th, 2004, 7:30 p.m. Founders Library Staff Lounge

From DeKalb to the Moon and Beyond
Emil Schiesser
March 3, 2004, 7:30 p.m. Engineering Building Auditorium, EB 101

2002-2003

Collecting George Eliot
William Baker
September 10th, 2002 7:30 p.m., FML Staff Lounge

Friends Open House
November 12th, 2002, 7:30 p.m.
Meet Room 400, Founders Memorial Library, Exit to the left of the elevator (Fourth Floor)
Come and see the new Regional History Center and basement facilities!

Novelist Richard Powers
Richard Powers
February 27th, 2003, 7:30 p.m. Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

Web sites on Richard Powers:
Richard Powers, American Novelist

Cinematic Authorship, Films of Robert Altman
Bob Self
April 10th, 2003, 7:30 p.m., Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

Ice Cream Social
Friday, April 25th, 2003
Rare Books and Special Collections, Founders Memorial Library

2001-2002

History of NIU Libraries
David Hamilton
October 17, 2001, 7:30 p.m. Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library (Lower Level)

Thirsting After Righteousness: What We Did and Didn't Learn From Prohibition
David Kyvig
November 13, 2001, 7:30 p.m. Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

History of NIU
Presenter: William Monat
February 21, 2002, 7:30 p.m. Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

Dirk Johnson, Midwest Editor of Newsweek
April 10, 2002, 7:30 p.m. Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

Annual Book Sale
April 16-18, 2002, Lobby, Founders Memorial Library

Ice Cream Social
Featuring Ollie's Frozen Custard
Friday, April 26, 2002, 3:00 pm. Rare Books and Special Collections

2000-2001

Nelson Algren: Chicago, the Radical Vision
Dr. James Giles
September 20, 2000, 7:30 pm, Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

The Art of Book Binding and Preserving
Matt Eggleston
October 18, 2000, 7:30 pm, Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

History of Illinois Valleys
Mr. Steve Stout
February 21, 2001, 7:00 pm, Ellwood House, DeKalb
Dessert buffet provided by Country Inn Restaurant

The First American Civil War: Violence in the Countryside, 1775-1783
Dr. Allan Kulikoff
April 11, 2001, 7:30 pm, Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

Annual Book Sale
April 17-19, 2001, obby, Founders Memorial Library

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2001 Friends Preview Night (must be a member of the Friends), 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2001, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 19, 2001, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social
April 27, 2001, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Rare Books & Special Collections

1999-2000

Reader Beware: Fakes and Forgeries
Dr. Craig Abbott
September 16, 1999, 7:30 p.m., Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

Your Old Books in the Attic: Appraise Antiquarian Books
Mr. Thomas Joyce
October 21, 1999, 7:30 p.m., Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

How Did a Hero of the American Revolution Come to Sycamore, Illinois?
Mr. Thomas Woodstrup
February 21, 2000, 6:00 p.m. (self-pay dinner buffet)
Country Inn Restaurant, 2496 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, Illinois
Dinner Buffet

Henry Thoreau in the Library
Dr. Beth Witherell
April 12, 2000, 7:30 p.m. Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library

Annual Book Sale
April 18-20, 2000. Lobby, Founders Memorial Library
(April 18 is Friends' Preview Night and is open to Friends' members only.
Please call (815) 753-9838 for information on joining the Friends)

Ice Cream Social
April 28, 2000

1998-1999

Carpetbags of Culture: Travel Books by American Women
Mary S. Schriber
Wednesday, September 23, 1998, 7:30pm
Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library (Lower Level)

American Women and Foreign Policy Between Wars
Martin Dubin
Wednesday, October 28, 1998, 7:30pm
Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library (Lower Level)

Grave Robbing in DeKalb County
Ronald Klein
Wednesday, February 24, 1999, 7:00pm
Country Inn Restaurant, Sycamore

The New Vietnam
Clark Neher
Thursday, April 15, 1999, 7:30pm
Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library (Lower Level)

Annual Book Sale
April 20-22, 1999, Lobby, Founders Memorial Library

Ice Cream Social
April 30, 1999

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Last Updated:July 16, 2014