Friends Events

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A Reading by Su Meck, AC class of 2014 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library Level 3
Su Meck will read from her book, I Forgot to Remember about her total memory loss following an accident at age 22. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room and the Friends of the Smith College Libraries.

I Love my Library Day

Thursday, February 14, 2014, 3:00 - 6:00p.m.

A valentine-themed day celebrating the Smith Libraries. Afternoon tea served in all four campus libraries. Additional activities in Neilson: Button making, cupcake decorating, and Valentine Photo Booths in Neilson and Josten. Plus: My Josten Valentine! and love-themed exhibitions in each library.

Inauguration Weekend Events

Afternoon Tea Talk: "Fingerprints of Past Presidents" 

Friday, October 18, 2013, 3:30 p.m. Friends Reading Room, Neilson Library

College Archivist Nanci Young regaled a capacity crowd with stories about the challenges and accomplishments of our past presidents. Watch the video here.

Education as Inspiration: How Smith Informs Four Writers' Lives

Friday, October 18, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Sweeney Concert Hall

Cindy CopelandCarole DeSantiCourtney SullivanHanya Yanagihara

A panel discussion with (left to right) Cindy L. Copeland ’82; Carole De Santi ’81, J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 and Hanya Yanagihara ’95. Moderated by Book Maven Bethanne Patrick ’85.

Cynthia ("Cindy") L. Copeland is an award winning author and illustrator of more than 25 books for children and adults. Her latest novel, Good Riddance, is an illustrated memoir about divorce.

Carole De Santi is Vice President and Editor at large at Viking Penguin and the author of The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R.

J. Courtney Sullivan is the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement, and Maine. Her latest novel is The Engagements.

Hanya Yanagihara is editor at large at Condé Nast Traveler.  Her debut novel is The People in the Trees

To watch a video of this event, follow this link. There is more information about the panelists here

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Stuart Fuchs

"Stukulele" Concert

Saturday, September 28, 2013, 7:30 p.m. Neilson Browsing Room

Stuart Fuchs, aka "Stukulele," is a performing artist, multi-instrumentalist, music educator and workshop facilitator. He specializes in Ukulele, Gypsy Jazz & Classical Guitar, Didjeridoo, and Percussion. Stuart is also an adjunct faculty member in classical, jazz, and popular guitar at Canisius College.

Last year, the Friends purchased two ukuleles for students to borrow from the Werner Josten Performing Arts Library. The lending program (now with several more ukeleles) proved such a success that the Smith Ukulele Club was formed. In addition to the concert, several free workshops are planned for Sunday, September 29 in the Josten Library Mezzanine.