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Friends of the Smith College Libraries
Join us for tea and cake as we mark the founding of the Friends 75 years ago. Friends of the Libraries Reading Room, Neilson Library.
I Love My Library Day - fun activities for students in all campus libraries. Sponsored by FSCL.
If you live locally, join us as we host the Hampshire and Franklin Smith Clubs for “Neilson Library: Old and New Chapters” with Dean Fliss. Find out about library services for alumnae and tour Neilson’s experimental KnowledgeLab. A wine and cheese reception will follow.
FSCL continues its tradition of hosting a special luncheon for FSCL members attending Reunion on Saturday, May 20 and Saturday, May 27.
Video recordings of many of the Friends' events are available on the Libraries' YouTube channel.
Werner Gundersheimer will present a lecture based on his collection of more than 600 published and manuscript travel narratives about Italy. Dr. Gundersheimer is director emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Thursday, October 6, 2016.
Amy Ellis Nutt, author of the recent New York Times bestseller Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, about a transgender identical twin, spoke about her work. April 14, 2016.
Author and journalist Brooke Hauser will discuss her experiences researching the life of Helen Gurley Brown (1938-2012.) Monday, November 9, 2015.
New York Times best-selling novelist Meg Wolitzer will talk about her work, her time at Smith and the influence of Sylvia Plath. April 16, 2015.
Smith's new Director of Special Collections, Dr. Beth Myers, spoke on the place of Special Collections in the scholarly world of tomorrow. November 12, 2014.
The author of Orange is the New Black, Piper Kerman '92, spoke with book critic Bethanne Patrick '85 about her advocacy work highlighting the conditions of incarcerated women, and how the Netflix series is making this topic a national conversation. October 2, 2014.
Stuart Fuchs, aka "Stukulele," returned to campus. Fuchs specializes in Ukulele, Gypsy Jazz & Classical Guitar, Didjeridoo, and Percussion. September 27, 2014.
Su, an Ada Comstock Scholar graduating in May, will read from her book about her total memory loss following an accident at age 22. April 25, 2014.
Four alums discuss how Smith influences their writing lives, Friday, October 18, 7:30 pm, Sweeney Concert Hall, October 18, 2013.
Ann M. Martin '77, author of The Baby-sitters Club® series took part in a panel discussion with David Levithan, Virginia Euwer Wolff '59 and Emma Straub. Moderated by Bethanne Patrick '85, April 11, 2013.
A presentation by President Carol Christ and Susan Van Dyne, Professor of the Study of Women and Gender and Chair of the Archives Concentration, October 25, 2012.
Reeve Lindbergh read from her mother’s writings to provide context for this, the final installment of her published diaries. November 7th, 2012.
University of Virginia professor, Michael F. Suarez S.J., spoke about the enduring relevance of the printed book. Read more about his topic. April 4, 2012.
A lecture by Harvard University Librarian Robert Darnton who is, among many things, the driving force behind the Digital Public Library of America project. March 12, 2012.
Author and executive editor of The New Yorker, Dorothy Wickenden discussed the adventures of her grandmother Dorothy Woodruff with Rosamond Underwood (both 1909 alums) in remote Elkhead Colorado. March 1, 2012.
Sarah MacLean ’00, a best-selling regency romance novelist. Wednesday, April 13, 2011.
Lecture by Sarah Thomas ’70, Bodley’s Librarian & Director of the Oxford University Library Services; former chair of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries; and Smith Medal recipient, 2010. April 14, 2010.
A lecture on the life and legacy of Smith’s third president by Peter I. Rose, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology. February 18, 2010.
Neilson Library opened for research and discovery on November 22, 1909. To celebrate the Library’s centennial and document the history of Smith's first library building, the College Archives presents this online exhibition.
Each of Smith College’s branch libraries has its own unique history and place within the scholarly community. The exhibitions give some background of the events and people behind their founding, and the physical spaces they have occupied over the years.