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Friends of the Library: History

Past Gifts and Contributions

2017 - 2018

Foley Community Service Center gift in memory of volunteer Chip Drago:  $2500

JSTOR Collection in honor of former library director Alice Bahr: $26,250

Digitization of Yearbooks:  $15,000

Civil War Prize Case Files from National Archives: $50

Professional Development: $5,000

Undergraduate Research Symposium – Supplies, support, awards:  $500

 

2014

6,317 Book Nook books donated to the Library since 1991

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income since 1996 amounts to $48,282

hosted Conversations with Dr. Neil Hamilton event

co-sponsor of Boyle lecture for Jesmyn West

co-sponsor of book signing for Dr. Michael Piafsky

hosted Conversations with Carolyn Haines event

hosted Conversations with Roy Hoffman event

 

2013

Spanish, Theology, and Teacher Education books purchased

Library artwork framed

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

hosted Conversations with Manda Collins event

hosted Conversations with Margaret Cunningham event

hosted Conversations with Dr. Robert Harding event

 

2012

3 rolling book carts donated

A-Z Link Source purchased

Boyle Student Research Awards funded ($750)

Professional Development for the Library Director funded

Bishop Portier Will purchased for the Rare Book Room

15 public access computers purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

hosted event with John Sledge, author of Southern Bound

hosted Conversations with Carolyn Haines event, as R.B. Chesterton

 

2011

Portrait of Dr. Charles Boyle donated to the Rare Book Room

Published books of Guest Speakers purchased

Book Nook signage and book carts purchased

$100 Student Award funded

$250 Undergraduate Award funded

Student Movie Night funded

Outreach Intern position funded

Congress and Nation Reference Materials purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

 

2010

Web Scale Management System purchased

Year Books 1924 - 2011 digitized and scanned

e-Books for Nursing Department purchased

Student Scholarship funded

Twice Remembered reprinted

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

SHC Yearbooks from 1924 to 2011 digitized for the Rare Book Room

hosted event with Don Marquis, Daniel Mainwaring

hosted event with Frank Turner Hollon, author of The Wait

hosted event with Greta and Dr. Andrew Sharp, author of Antebellum Myths

 

2009

began New Faculty book allowances

scanner and software for the Archives purchased

Past Perfect software upgrade purchased

intern software purchased

professional development for Librarians funded

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture purchased

Cultural History of Animals purchased

On the Line DVD Documentary purchase

PAIS database purchased

Philosopher's Index database purchased

Ignatian Spirituality funded for a librarian

Federated Searching funded

Text Messaging software purchased

Library Guides purchased

Motley publication funded

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

Fr. Daniel Creagan painting purchased for the Rare Book Room

Archival Office shelving purchased for the Rare Book Room

hosted event with Maurice Gandy, author of Calpocalypse

 

2008

Faculy Area Grants (11 funded at $500 each)

Britannica & Judaica Encyclopedias purchased

5 reference computers purchased

JSTOR online Arts & Science #1 purchased

$1,000 worth of videos purchased

Spring Hill College Catalogs from 1847 - 1910 (7 volumes) digitized and binded

Hand-written books by Fr. Cornette, S.J., and Dr. Roumer digitized and binded

High-End Photo Printer/Scanner purchased for Archives

Literature purchased for the Rare Book Room

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

Mobile Collection books purchased for the Rare Book Room

Spring Hill College Catalogs from 1840 - 1978 preserved in the Rare Book Room

Special Collection books bound fo the Rare Book Room

Power Vault and Photo Scanner purchased for the Rare Book Room

hosted Southern Writes:  Fiction & Poetry event by Beth Ann Fennelly

hosted Barry Lyndon Tom Loehr Lecture & Film event

hosted lecture by author and humorist Thomas Lakeman

hosted Celebration of Fiction with Frank Turner Hollon

hosted event with Magaret Cunningham, author of Lily in Bloom

 

2007

22 Mozart CDs purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

Mobile Collection books purchased for the Rare Book Room

Literature online database purchased for the Rare Book Room

7 Special Collections of Spring Hill College catalogs from 1847 to 1915 digitized and bound

Portrait of St. Ignatius by Father Creagan, S.J. purchased for the Rare Book Room

hosted Southern Writes:  Fiction & Poetry event by Michael Knight

hosted Early Printed Book event by Dr. Robert Bantens

hosted Whatever Remembers Us poetry reading by Sue Walker

hosted J.D. Crowe, Cartoonist event

 

2006

Lion Research Tool purchased

Hard drive of web server replaced

Library of Congress Authority Files purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

Mobile Collection books purchased for the Rare Book Room

Archival Scanner and Equipment purchased

Opt plex (Past Perfect) Program purchased for the Rare Book Room

hosted Exploring the DaVinci Code event by Dr. Tim Carmody

 

2005

Rare Book Room Materials and Books purchased

$2,000 of DVDs and Videos purchased for the Library

Motley publication funded

Literature purchased for the Rare Book Room

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

Mobile Collection books purchased for the Rare Book Room

Restored Student Registrar and Jesuit Diaries from 1840 to 1978

 

2004

Faculty Wish List Project funds amount to $2,421.30

DVD Collection established ($1,000 per year)

Burke Library Opening

Library Capital Fund Drive

Motley publication funded

Literature purchased for the Rare Book Room

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Capital Fund Drive for the Burke Library

Brown Bag Book Sales

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

Mobile Collection books purchased for the Rare Book Room

adopted the Archives in honor of Dr. Charles Boyle

adopted the Systems Librarian Office in honor of Rev. Patrick Quinn, S.J.

adopted the Hospitality Kitchen

published Gleanings by Dr. Charles Boyle

 

2003

Faculty Wish List Project funds amount to $2,612.75

Library Capital Fund Drive

Literature purchased for the Rare Book Room

Shakespeare Fund Raiser

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Capital Fund Drive for the Burke Library

Brown Bag Book Sales

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

Mobile Collection books purchased for the Rare Book Room

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

2002

Portable Inventory Scanner purchased

Book Security System replaced

Book Nook upgraded

Literature purchased for the Rare Book Room

Shakespeare Fund Raiser

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

Mobile Collection books purchased for the Rare Book Room

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

2001

Library signage upgraded

Foley papers purchased for the Archives

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions income

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

2000

Rare Book Room moved to Burke Memorial Library

Laptop for the Accessible Reference Area purchased

Laptop computer purchased for staff member

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions

published Father Ryan's Poems complied by Bob Bahr, Ed.

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1999

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1998

NT Server purchased

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions

Supplies purchased for the Rare Book Room

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1997

Reference material purchased (started in 1996)

Two fax machines purchased (started in 1996)

Matching grant for ARIEL (started in 1996)

QMS Laser Printer donated (started in 1996)

8 Pentium computers purchased (started in 1996)

Reading Room shelving purchased

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions

published Sound Mind, Sound Body by Dr. Charles Boyle

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1996

Memorial/Honoree Book Project started

Reading Room shelving purchased

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

Memorial and Honoree adoptions

published Blank Book

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1995

Faculty Wish List project awarded amounts to $1,393.51

Portable Data Projector purchased

Rare Book Room opened

Equipment and supplies purchased for the Rare Book Room

Library Student Assistant Award funded

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1994

National Library Conference sponsored

Reading Room chairs and shelving for Byrne Library purchased

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1993

Book Nook opening

Established funding for the Mobile Collection ($200 per year)

Photocopier purchased

Jane Austen Collection purchased

Faculty Wish List books purchased

Book Nook books donated to the Library

published Twice Remembered by Dr. Charles Boyle

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1992

Book Nook books donated to the Library

hosted Annual Dinner with book auction

 

1991

Annual Dinner established with book auction

Festival of the Book Fundraiser held

Front porch benches and urns donated

Byrne Library Lobby restored

Book Nook books donated to the Library

hosted Mobile Bay Tales by Mobile and Alabama Poets

  - Samuel Peck by John Hafner

  - Eugene Walter by Charles Smoke

  - John Finley by Jeffrey Goodman

  - Father Abraham Rayan by Margaret Davis

 

1990

Friends of the Library established

Rare Book Room opened in Byrne Library

Equipment purchased for the Rare Book Room

Materials for Rare Book Room preserved

Literary Lecture Series started

First Used Book Sale (held in Stewartfield)

Book Nook books donated to the Library

hosted the Tribute to Juanita Helmar event by Robert Bahr

hosted the Eugene Walter event, with author's selected reading of his works

hosted the Festival of the Book Exhibition

 

For more information on the first 25 years of the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library:

 

Annual Dinner 2018

Volunteer of the Year:  Chris Drago

Incoming President:  Aice Bahr

Outgoing President:  Kate Browning DeKeyser

Theme for Annual Dinner 2016:  Moon and Stars Over Alabama to celebrate the literary stars of Alabama with special guest star Watt Key, author of Alabama Moon and Deep Water.

Location:  Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

Date:  May 10, 2018

Annual Dinner 2018 Photo Gallery

Watt Key - the rising star for the 2018 Annual Dinner

Table setting and centerpiece

Erik and Tracy Goldschmidt, Spring Hill College's star of the Foley Center

Family of the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library gather at the 2018 Annual Dinner (from left to right: Gretchen McDermott, Mark Woodward, Sharon Lipford, Betsy McDermott, and Sandra Rogers).

Kate Browning DeKeyser hosts the 2018 Annual Dinner

Kate Browning DeKeyser introduces Erik Goldschmidt, Director of the Foley Center

Annual Dinner 2017

Special Volunteer:  Tracy Parman

Theme for Annual Dinner 2017:  Celebrating Sherlock Holmes, the 125th Anniversary of Sherlock Holmes' first debut,  A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Mystery to Solve:  Three Clues were available beginning at 6:30 pm

Location:  Burke Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

Date:  May 11, 2017

Violinist:  Jim Lictenberger

Special Thanks to:

Professor Emeritus Dr. John Hafner who donated his extensive personal book collections by and about William Falkner as well as autographed first books by Alabama authors to the Burke Memorial Library.

Mrs. Elizabeth Walmsley, who facilitated the donation of her father Dr. Sam Eichold's substantial collection of books published in Mobile or written by Mobilians or about Mobile to the Rare Book Room of the Burke Memorial Library.

Annual Dinner 2017 Photo Gallery

Announcing the First Clue for the Mystery to Solve

Sherlock Holmes Poster at Entrance

Red Rose and White Hydrangea Bouquet at Reception Desk

Location of Sherlock Holmes' famous deerstalker with a herringbone design, the Second Clue in the Mystery to Solve

Beverly and David Brill browse the Silent Auction

Silver Urn for Sale at the Silent Auction, location of the Third Clue of the Mystery to Solve

Table Setting with Sherlock Holmes placecard and Red Carnations Bouquet

Table Set with the First Course of Salad

Table Settings for the Annual Dinner

Annual Dinner 2016

Volunteer of the Year:  Dennis Austin

Incoming President:  Kate Michelle Browning

Outgoing President:  Julie Kraft

Theme for Annual Dinner 2016:  The Library At Downtown Alley

Location:  Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

Date:  May 12, 2016

Annual Dinner 2016 Photo Gallery

Floral Arrangement Photograph

Southern Wildflower Bouquet in Silver Vase

Photograph of Dennis Austin

Dennis Austin, Book Nook Manager

Photograph of Dinner Tables

Welcome Area for Annual Dinner 2016

Patrice and Bro Baur

Patrice and Bro Baur, Friends of Spring Hill College Library

Dining Area Setup

Dining Area Setup

Photograph of Gentry Holbert and Merv White-Spunner

Gentry Holbert, Library Director and Merv White-Spunner, Book Nook Volunteer

Silent Auction for the Annual Dinner

Silent Auction for the Annual Dinner

Bobby Handley, Book Nook Volunteer

Bobby Handley, Book Nook Volunteer

Table Arrangement with Roses and Candles

Table Arrangement with Roses and Candles

Merv White-Spunner and Joann

Merv White-Spunner and Joann, Friends of the Spring Hill Library Members

Annual Dinner 2015 Photo Gallery

Friends of Spring Hill College Library, Patrice and Bro Baur, and Shawn-Patrick Hynes

Friends of Spring Hill College Library, Patrice and Bro Baur, and Shawn-Patrick Hynes, enjoy the 1920s car.

Reception Area

Reception Area

Entrance to the Annual Dinner 2015

Entrance to the Annual Dinner 2015

Close-up of the 1920s Car

Close-up of the 1920s Car

Silent Auction for Annual Dinner 2015

Silent Auction for Annual Dinner 2015

Centerpiece and Table for Annual Dinner 2015

Elaborate Centerpiece and Table for Annual Dinner 2015

Close-up of the Salad Appetizer of the Annual Dinner 2015

Close-up of the Salad Appetizer of the Annual Dinner 2015 with the beads, vases, and yellow roses forming an appealing Table Centerpiece

Annual Dinner 2015

Volunteer of the Year:  Mary Francis Hallet

 

Incoming President:  Julie Kraft

Outgoing President:  Julie Kraft

 

Theme for the Annual Dinner 2015:  90th Anniversary of F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

 

Location:  Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College

 

Date:  May 14, 2015