$2.5 Million Gift Endows University Librarian Chair!

Hal F. and Barbra Buckner Higginbotham have made a $2.5 million gift to endow Washington and Lee University’s university librarian position! Learn more about this exciting gift at columns.wlu.edu/friends-of-the-library/?utm_source=homepage&utm_medium=features.

We wish to thank Hal & Barbra for their amazing gift and congratulate John Tombarge on his new title, “Hal F. and Barbra Buckner Higginbotham University Librarian.”

Barbra and Hal Higginbotham

Barbra and Hal Higginbotham ’68

Annual FOL Meeting & Public Lecture

You’re Invited

You are invited to attend The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library & The Friends of the Library Public Lecture on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

Event Details

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library: Saturday, April 28, 1:00 p.m., Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library

  • FOL members are welcome to attend the annual meeting to learn about recent FOL activities and future plans.

Friends of the Library Public Lecture: Saturday, April 28, 1:30 p.m., Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library

  • Speakers: Robert Cooper ’68 and Pam Pacelli Cooper
    • Rob Cooper and Pam Pacelli Cooper are the team behind Verissima Productions—a company that captures and preserves the stories of individuals, families, businesses and historical events.
    • Rob Cooper has been an award-winning writer, producer and director for television, documentaries, corporate and educational film and video productions for over forty years. A therapist in private practice, Pam Pacelli Cooper is also an oral historian and Certified Genealogical Researcher.
    • This talk is free and open to the public. No tickets required. Light refreshments provided. Download the event flyer.

*These events occur during W&L’s Alumni Weekend. Because of this, parking may be limited. See our “getting here” directions for information on parking and getting to Leyburn Library. Have questions? Feel free to email friendsofthelibrary@wlu.edu.

NEW EXHIBIT!!!

The latest exhibit related to Special Collections and the Friends of the Library is “Adopt a Piece of History”: Preserving Our Rare Items for the Future. The exhibit showcases many of our rare treasures that have been generously adopted for restoration. Items in the exhibit include handwritten pieces by Washington, Lee, and Jefferson; first editions; a bible which used to belong to King Louis XIII, and much, much more. Don’t miss this chance to see some amazing books and manuscripts!

Duration: April 2- May 20, 2018

 

Location: Special Collections Exhibit Area, Northen Lobby, Leyburn Library, Level 1

 

 

 

Come hear Dr. Ward Briggs ‘67 speak on James Dickey.

“James Dickey and Life: How Poems Are Made”

 

Saturday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Northen Auditorium

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

BOOK SALE!!!

Stop by Leyburn Library’s Main Floor to check out what is on the current booksale table featuring Japanese art books. This thematic sale is only available for a limited time.

There is something for everyone from the novice art lover to the more serious collector.

“Light It Up” Update!!!

Cam Philpott ’15 in Leyburn Library.

The “Ides of March” have proved lucky for the University Library! Thanks to generous donations from the Friends of the Library, today we have successfully met our goal of raising $10,000 for the improvement of dark and outdated spaces on Leyburn’s Lower Level 1! We now have funding to start construction this summer, but we are not stopping here…we are hoping to raise even more to furnish this space!

Thanks again to all who donated. #WeGetByWithALittleHelpFromOurFriends”

EVENTS in 2017

Alumni Weekend

  • May 12, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Open House—Treasures in Special Collections, with Tom Camden. Leyburn Library, Special Collections & Archives
  • May 13, 2017, 1:00 PM: Annual Meeting. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium.
  • May 13, 2017, 1:30 PM: Speaker Event – Dr. Ward Briggs ‘67; Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium.

Fall 2017

  • September 21, 2017, 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Author Talk – Barton A. Myers. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium

Parents and Family Weekend

  • October 5, 2017, 4:00 PM – throughout weekend: Booksale. Leyburn Library, Main Floor.
  • October 6, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Open House—Treasures in Special Collections, with Tom Camden. Leyburn Library, Special Collections & Archives

October 15 – October 21 is National Friends of Libraries Week.

Tom Williams’s Author Talk is TODAY at 5 p.m.

Just a reminder…

Tom Williams’s Author Talk, titled “The Secret life of Schrödinger’s Cat,” is TODAY, October 20 at 5:00 p.m. This event will be held in Leyburn Library’s Northen Auditorium and is free and open to the public.Tom Williams's Author Talk

You are invited to prof. Tom Williams’ author talk: THIS THURSDAY!

Please join us for a wonderful author talk by professor of physics Tom Williams, titled “The Secret Life of Schrodinger’s Cat.” Williams recently published a new book, Discreet Quantum Mechanics, upon which this talk is based. He is an entertaining speaker and will delight the audience. Williams’ talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

“The Secret life of Schrödinger’s Cat”
October 20,  5:00 p.m. Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library

Here is Emily Cook’s  interview with Tom Williams, which will be published in the fall issue of FOLIOS.

 

EVENTS in 2016

Alumni Weekend

  • April  29, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Open House—Treasures in Special Collections, with Tom Camden. Leyburn Library, Special Collections & Archives
  • April 30, 2016, 10:00 AM: Shakespeare for Kids. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium.
  • April 30, 2016, 1:00 PM:Annual Meeting. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium.
  • April 30, 2016, 1:30 PM: Speaker Event – “Books, Glorious Books” – Robert C. Vaughan III; president and founding director of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium.

Parents and Family Weekend

  • September 29, 2016, 4:00 PM: Start of Library Annual Book Sale. Leyburn Library, Main Floor.
  • September 30, 2016, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: Open House—Treasures in Special Collections, with Tom Camden. Leyburn Library, Special Collections & Archives

October 16 – October 22 is National Friends of Libraries Week.

Young Alumni Weekend

  • October 20, 2016, 4:00 PM – throughout weekend: Booksale. Leyburn Library, Main Floor.
  • October 20, 2016, 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Author Talk Featuring Tom Williams. Leyburn Library, Northen Auditorium