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The Year in Pictures

Libraries Staff Recognition Event

Staff Recognition Event The movie-themed Staff Recognition event "Tinseltown in Dinkytown" was held at the Varsity Theater.

Paul and Joan Nagel Lecture

Henry Adams, Nagel lecture Henry Adams, professor of American art at Case Western Reserve University and descendent of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, spoke on the work of noted historian and Adams biographer Paul Nagel.

Eric Black, former Star Tribune reporter and current MinnPost blogger
Eric Black, former Star Tribune reporter and current MinnPost blogger, eulogized Paul Nagel and introduced inaugural Nagel Lecture speaker Henry
Adams.

Charlie Bethel's Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh Gilgamesh Master storyteller Charlie Bethel performed his take on the ancient tale of Gilgamesh for a full house of Friends.

An Upson Song Cycle

Upson Song Cycle Upson Song Cycle Upson Song Cycle Local tenor Roy Heilman is accompanied by Mary Jo Gothmann, singing original compositions by Linda Kachelmeier based on poems by Arthur Upson. Peter Campion narrates.

A Feast of Words

Feast of Words featuring Michael Hancher Friends filled the Campus Club for the annual Feast of Words dinner. English professor Michael Hancher riffed on questions that have long puzzled dictionary makers and dictionary users--the relationship of things, names of things, and pictures of things.

"Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books" exhibit

Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books exhibit The Archie Givens Sr. Collection of African American Literature hosted a dinner and special viewing of the "Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books" exhibit. Curator Cecily Marcus explains materials in one case to Karen Kaler.

Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books exhibit
Archie Givens Jr., President of the Givens Foundation of African American Literature, and Phebe Givens.

Bibliophilia: Collecting Black Books exhibit
Davu Seru, Phillips Graduate Fellow for the Givens Collection, and Emily Seru.

Friends-Member appreciation reception

Vern Sutton, Friends Member appreciation Attendees at the annual Friends-Member appreciation reception enjoyed "I Could Write a Book,Marian," a bibliophile recital by tenor Vern Sutton . . .

Vern Sutton, Friends Member appreciation
. . . featuring John Agacki on guitar...

Vern Sutton, Friends Member appreciation. . . and Dan Chouinard on piano.

Science Quiz Bowl

Science Quiz BowlScience Quiz Bowl champion team, DNA. Science Quiz BowlThree of the four members of the runner-up team, Lottery / e-LEMON-ators

Pankake Poetry Reading

Heid Erdrich, Pankake Poetry ReadingHeid Erdrich read from her hot-off-the-presses collection "Cell Traffic" for the Third Annual Pankake Poetry Reading.

Friends Libraries Annual Dinner

200th birthday of Charles Dickens 200th birthday of Charles Dickens Pulitzer-prize winning author and Dickens biographer Jane Smiley capped off the Friends' celebration of the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens.

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Photo credits

Jayme Hallbritter (Bibliophilia exhibit)

John Nicholson (Quiz Bowl, Nagel Lecture, Gilgamesh, Upson Song Cycle, Feast of Words, Members-Only reception, Pankake Poetry Reading, Jane Smiley)