Friends of Goddard Library
About the Friends of Goddard Library
The Friends of Robert Hutchings Goddard Library at Clark University was established in 1972. It is notable in that it is the only Friends group for an academic library in the Worcester area. Its purpose, stated in the Bylaws, is to provide and attract new financial support to enrich the basic collections and activities of the Goddard Library; to provide and attract special collections, rare books, manuscripts, and other library resources; to provide support for the Goddard Collection; to sponsor special projects or programs; to provide a more thorough understanding of the Goddard Library and its role in Clark's future; to serve as a medium through which persons can advance their own intellectual pursuits and share their enthusiasm for books.
The Friends have supported a wide variety of programs and items, including but not limited to the Library's preservation program; Goddard's integrated Endeavor Voyager information system; the electronic reference area; a teaching-oriented video collection; and acquisitions for new tenure-track faculty. They also support the Library's Leisure Reading program. One of the their most recent initiatives has been publication of Alice Coonley Higgins' 1999 work "Our Magic Odyssey." How to order.
Programs of the Friends 2012-2013
The Friends sponsor several, free public events each year. This year's Friends programs include:
- Annual Used Book Sale: September 27 - 28, 8:00am - 3:30pm : Thousands of donated books will be on sale. Most books will be priced $1.00 or less. Friday all used books will be half price. In the Goddard Library Academic Commons (plaza level). For more information, call Mott Linn at x7572.
- October 10 (4:00 - 6:00pm) -- Dr. Philip McFarland will talk about his most recent book, Mark Twain and the Colonel.
- November 14 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) -- John Putnam Demos, is an award winning American author and historian, for his books, Entertaining Satan and Unredeemed Captive: A Family Story from Early America.
- March 20 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) -- Clark’s Professor Taner Akcam will speak on the Turkish National Movement and the Armenian Genocide.
- April 10 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) -- Dr. Anderson director of the British Museum from 1992-2002 (please note the new date!).
All events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call Linda Scricco at 508-793-7573 or email FGL@clarku.edu in advance to reserve your place. Programs at Goddard Library begin with refreshments at 4:00 PM; the speaker(s) are at 4:30.PM.
Membership and Gifts
Membership is open to all who wish to consider themselves Friends of the Goddard Library. Membership categories include:
For additional membership information, call the Goddard Library Administrative Assistant Linda Scricco, 508-793-7573.