Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

Events and Exhibits

The Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries are proud to host a lecture by Maryanne Wolf, author of the national best-selling book, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.

Tuesday, February 19, at 7:00 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Catholic School
1000 Bolling Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23508

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Wolf, Director of the  Center for Reading and Language Research and Professor of Child Development at Tufts University, has created a sensational stir both among teachers of reading at all levels and among the general public. 

Her book, which has been praised by reviewers from coast to coast  as “brilliant,” “eye-opening,” and “fascinating,” examines in layman’s terms the history and biology of how our reading brain works.  It also confronts the possibility that reading as we have always known it may, with modern technology (from television to the internet), change to soon make traditional books a thing of the past.

Dr. Wolf’s lecture is sponsored by Friends of the Old Dominion Libraries, with support from the University Village Bookstore. 

Copies of the book will be sold at the lecture, and Dr. Wolf will be available to sign them after her talk.

Although the event is free, seating is limited and the public is urged to make reservations by contacting Fern McDougal at 757-683-4146 or by e-mail at 

St. Patrick’s Catholic School is a modern and unique model of child-centered education.