The Friends of Preston Library will sponsor guest speaker William F. Connelly Jr. Ph.D., the John K. Boardman Professor of Politics at Washington and Lee University, at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, April 18, in the Turman Room at Preston Library. Dr. Connelly recently co-edited Is Congress Broken? The Virtues and Defects of Partisanship and Gridlock with John Pitney, Jr. and Gary J. Schmitt, published by the Brookings Press. Dr. Connelly was the 2007 recipient of the Virginia Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award, has taught courses on Congress, the Presidency, and the American Political Process, has been faculty advisor to Washington & Lee’s Mock Convention since 1988, and has directed Washington & Lee’s Washington Term Program since founding it in 1987. He has published extensively in his areas of scholarly interest. The talk is free and open to the public.
Preston Library is celebrating “Banned Books Week” from 25 September to 1 October. This annual event celebrates our freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.
The American Library Association monitors the attempts made by individuals and groups to have books removed from library shelves and classrooms. Books that were on the list includes such literature as:
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
You can find these books in Preston Library.
Source: ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) For more information about frequently challenged books go to http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks
Preston Library hosted a pizza luncheon on May 5, Reading Day, for its cadet assistants. Library staff recognized first classmen for their outstanding work and contributions to the library. Joining the celebration were Col. Susan Hastings, who retired in March, and Col. John Brodie, who brought a small brass ensemble to serenade Col. Hastings with Sweet Caroline.
A good time was had by all and good luck on exams!
The Friends of Preston Library awarded Cadet Ryan Poffenbarger, ’16 with this year’s Camper Award on 5 May, Reading Day. Representatives of the Friends’ Board, Col. Don Samdahl, library staff, and Mrs. Camper’s son, Bob, recognized Mr. Poffenbarger for his leadership and service to Preston Library. Cadet Poffenbarger served this past year as Preston Library’s Head Library Cadet Assistant.
The award’s namesake, Mrs. Frances Camper, was a great teacher and role model for library cadet assistants. Cadet Poffenbarger received a letter of recognition, a certificate, and a cash award. Mr. Poffenbarger is an Applied Mathematics major who will commission in the United States Army Reserves as a Medical Service Corps officer in Ft. Meade. He will be working in air and missile defense at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab. We wish all the best to this outstanding cadet.
Cadet Nickolas Thers, ’16 was our lucky winner in our survey drawing for taking the Preston Library Cadet Survey. The prize was a check for $150. Cadet Thers is an IS major and will be graduating this year. Congratulations!
We received input from 345 cadets in this year’s survey. Thanks to all cadets who participated in the survey. We value your input in evaluating library resources, services, and facilities and use your comments to help us improve.
Survey Results: Preston Library Cadet Survey 2016.
The Friends of Preston Library hosted its Spring Program on Friday, 22 April at 3:00 p.m. in the Turman Room of Preston Library. Our guest speaker was Mr. Dan Pezzoni, who gave a talk based on his recently published book, The Architecture of Historic Rockbridge.
Mr. Pezzoni gave a stimulating, educational, and engaging program about the architecture of Rockbridge County. Many architectural styles are represented by buildings in the county and Mr. Pezzoni showed examples and talked about their history. Mr. Pezzoni answered a number of questions and signed his new book which was for sale. A good time was had by all.
Mr. Pezzoni’s abundantly illustrated volume captures the rich and diverse architectural history of Rockbridge County including the cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. His book has filled a long-recognized void by tracing the area’s architectural heritage from the eighteenth century to the post-World War II period. It is a beautiful, modern work and an essential complement to the earlier work (1977), The Architecture of Historic Lexington.
The Friends of Preston Library hosted its Fall Program on Tuesday, 27 October at 3:00 p.m. in the Turman Room, Preston Library. Our guest speaker was Col. Turk McCleskey, who gave a talk based upon his recently published book, The Road to Black Ned’s Forge: A Story of Race, Sex, and Trade on the Colonial American Frontier.
Turk McCleskey provided context and background of historical and social relationships in his talk on Ned Tarr, an enslaved Pennsylvania ironworker who purchased his freedom in 1752 and moved to Virginia on the upper James River. One main point of his presentation was that social relationships were more varied and less rigid in the 18th century than what the became in the 19th. Turk’s remarkable account of this true story was enjoyed by all. It provided fresh insight and greater understanding about complexities in social and race relations in early America.
Col. McCleskey is a professor of history at VMI. His well-received book tells a fascinating and unlikely story of frontier life.
“With keen insight and thorough research Turk McCleskey vividly recovers the frontier world of Black Ned. Bold, proud, and clever, Black Ned lived at a crossroads in time and place. On Virginia’s colonial frontier, a forceful black man could prosper as a blacksmith, defend his freedom in court, and marry a white woman. But that defiance eventually provoked resentments that, during the next generation, would close loopholes in the system of racial slavery, gaps that Ned had exploited so resourcefully. McCleskey has worked wonders in recovering and telling Ned’s powerful story.”—Alan Taylor, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, University of Virginia.
VMI recognized Ms. Cathy Wells for outstanding service in its 2015 Institute Awards ceremony on May 14, 2015 in Cameron Hall. Ms. Wells has worked in the Media Services department in Preston Library for almost 30 years. She was recognized for her many outstanding contributions to cadets and faculty in helping them use media and technology effectively.
The Friends of Preston Library awarded Cadet Patrick Finn, ’15 with this year’s Camper Award in the Periodicals Room of Preston Library on 30 April. Friends’ Chairman Lt. Col. Eric Osborne, Col. Don Samdahl, members of the Friends’ Board, library staff, and Mrs. Camper’s son, Bob, recognized Mr. Finn for his leadership and service to Preston Library. Mr. Finn served this past year as the Head Library Cadet Assistant.
The award’s namesake, Mrs. Frances Camper, was a great teacher and role model for library cadet assistants. Cadet Finn received a letter of recognition, a certificate, and a cash award. Cadet Finn is a Civil and Environmental Engineering major who will commission in the United States Air Force. He will enter flight school following commissioning. We wish all the best to this outstanding cadet.
Congratulations to Cadet Cody Pillow, ’15, for winning $150 in this year’s Preston Library Cadet Library Survey drawing. We thank all cadets who participated in the survey. Cadet input provides us with valuable information about how we can improve library resources, services, and facilities. The results of the survey can be viewed here.