Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

January 2001 Newsletter

Got Old Books???

"We’re The Book Guys!" With this phrase the cheerful voice of Mike Cuthbert opens the public radio show The Book Guys each Thursday afternoon on WHRV-FM. Mark your calendar, because Mike will be saying these words in Mills Godwin Auditorium at a special live radio taping of The Book Guys on Saturday, February 10, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. Mike Cuthbert and Allan Stypeck will be offering appraisals of rare, old and collectible books brought to them by you and other members of the audience. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Old Dominion University and the Friends of the Jean Outland Chrysler Library at the Chrysler Museum of Art, The Book Guys will record two radio shows which will be broadcast nationwide a couple weeks later. This is a terrific opportunity to raise awareness for the Friends, and for you to find out if that musty old book your grandfather gave you has more than sentimental value!

More exciting, though, is that you – as a current member of the Friends of the Library – are invited to a members only reception following the show. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a reception will be held in the Perry Library where you will be able to meet personally with co-hosts Allan Stypeck, Mike Cuthbert and rare books expert Warren Wigutow. You’ll have the opportunity to have them appraise a book or just talk with them about your collection.

You will also have the opportunity to meet other special guests. Virginia writers Janet Peery and Alf Mapp, Jr., will be participants on the radio programs, along with mystery book collector Gordon Magnuson. They’ll be talking about their own careers and passions for books.

What do you need to do to participate? First, call the Perry Library at 683-4141 to confirm that your Friends of the Library membership is current and to make your reservation for the reception (it’s free!). Next, mark your calendar for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 10 (plan on arriving early!). Finally, start browsing through your books to find one that merits consideration. We look forward to seeing you and enjoying the wit, wisdom and expertise of The Book Guys!

Baskets for Books

The annual Baskets for Books game sponsored by The Friends of the Library will be held this year on January 27, 2001, at 7:35 p.m. at Scope. This year Old Dominion University’s fine basketball team will be pitted against the University of Richmond in what promises to be an exciting game of great local interest. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for faculty and staff, and $5 for holders of a public library card. A percentage of the gate will be dedicated to the benefit of the Old Dominion University Libraries.

This event has become a tradition with the Friends and a successful fundraiser for the Library. A highlight is the free-throw shooting contest between President James V. Koch and this year’s "Mystery Celebrity". This contest raises $25/basket for the library and will be a bittersweet event this year as it is the last time President Koch will take to the boards as our president.

Plan to attend this evening to support the Library, watch exciting basketball, and cheer for President Koch! For information, call Martha Rollins at 423-0205 (evenings) or Fern McDougal at 683-4141 (daytime).

Seventh Annual Author Dinner

The Author Dinner this year will feature Larry Sabato, Political Science professor at the University of Virginia and nationally recognized political analyst. It will be held on April 10, 2001 at the Webb University Center.

The recent presidential election certainly provided exciting material for any political analyst and Professor Sabato will undoubtedly provide insights into the twists and turns of the recent contest.

Detailed information will be mailed to Friends members in early March and this will surely be a sell out, so mark your calendars and make reservations early.

New Item for Sale

In addition to mugs, T-shirts and spillproof cups, we now have available books of postcards (28 in each book) called "For the Love of Libraries." Each postcard has a beautiful black and white photo of a library from around the world and are great to send and great to give as gifts. The cost is $10.00 for each book, so keep in mind this handy gift for all of those holiday occasions throughout the year. All items are available on the 2nd floor of the Library in the main office. Take a look on your next visit to the Library!

Dr. Mark Mazower to Speak

Dr. Mark Mazower, one of the world's leading experts on Greece and World War II, will speak on the theme of Greece and the Holocaust on Wednesday and Thursday, February 21 and 22, at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building. The Wednesday lecture is the Odyssey Lecture, sponsored by the Hellenic Cultural Studies Program. It will be preceded by a public reception at 7 p.m. in the West Mall of Webb Center. The Thursday lecture is the President's Distinguished History Lecture and highlights his current research, "City of Ghosts: Salonica before and after the Holocaust."

A classics scholar, Dr. Mazower became interested in the World Ware II era when he worked for a television production investigating Kurt Waldheim's career in the Balkans. His book Inside Hitler's Greece explored Greece during the war years and German occupation. Dr. Mazower has based other works on Greece and the Balkans, among them, The Balkans: A Short History, and a collection of essays, After the War was Over: Reconstructing Family, Nation, and the State in Greece, 1943-1960.

The University Bookstore will contribute a percentage of book sales at the events to the benefit of the Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries.

Reservations are requested for the reception by February 16 at 683-3116 or

Volunteer Opportunities

The Library welcomes volunteers and wants to match talents with interesting assignments. Will you or your book club adopt a shelf? Will you work in special collections -- processing the archives recently received from the League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women, and the Young Women's Christian Association or transcribing some oral history or performing tasks of preservation? Contact Amy Farinelli at 683-4186 or e-mail at

Library Workshops in January

The Library will be offering its "Surf N Turf" series in January. "Surf" sessions focus on the best techniques for searching the library catalog, journal article databases and the Web, and will be held Tuesdays, January 23 and 30. "Turf" sessions, offering a tour of the library, will be held on Thursdays, January 18 and 25. The workshops are open to the University community and Friends and are from 12:30 – 1:l5 p.m. For more information call 683-4178.

Visit the Library’s "Research Assistance" Web page at to find out about all the learning opportunities available to the University community.

Friends' Board Members

The current board members and their terms of office are:

    • Donna Bausch (2000-2003)
    • Ann Bohannon (1999-2002)
    • Mary Daniel (2000-2003)
    • Gail Dingerson (2000-2003)
    • Bette Browning (1998-2001)
    • Candice Gabriel (2000; student rep.)
    • Lucille Garner (1998-2001)
    • Carole Hines (2000-2003)
    • Judith W. Homsher (1999-2002)
    • Carole Kiehl (2000-2001)
    • Donna Koch (1998-2001)
    • David Kohnen (2000-2003)
    • Ellis O’Neal (1999-2001)
    • Jean Major (ex officio)
    • Alf J. Mapp, Jr. (1999-2002)
    • Ernestine Middleton (2000-2003)
    • Ray Morgan (1998-2001)
    • Viola Morgan (1998-2001)
    • Lisa Murray (2000; Development
    • Office rep.)
    • Al Rollins (2000-2003)
    • Martha Rollins (2000-2003)
    • Aleene Rose (1999-2001)
    • John J.Tucker, Jr. (1999-2001)
    • Jimmy Turrietta (2000-2003)
    • Eunice Whitehurst (2000-2003)

Tell a Friend

If you know someone who would enjoy any of the interesting events mentioned in this newsletter, please pass it on. To discuss benefits of membership in the Friends you may call Martha Rollins (423-0205, evenings), Ann Bohannon (423-3885), or Fern McDougal (683-4141, days). As always, anyone who wishes to become an instant member of the Friends may submit their application and payment to the Circulation Desk at the Perry Library.