Robert H. Goddard Library

Goddard Library at night.

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 2013-2014

The Friends sponsor several, free public events each year. This year's Friends programs include:

  • Annual Used Book Sale: September 26 - 27, 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 16 (4:00 - 6:00pm) -- The Working Writer and the Creative Process. Novelist Ellen Cooney, M.A.‘78, author of seven novels and many stories, will discuss her creative writing process of over twenty-five years.
  • November 20 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) -- Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at 200. Clark Professor Lisa Kasmer will speak about Jane Austen in recognition of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. Dr. Kasmer specializes in gender studies and women’s writing in late 18th- and early 19th-century British literature and culture.
  • March 18 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) -- Today’s World of News Noted Telegram & Gazette columnist Dianne Williamson will discuss her experiences in the local newspaper scene.
  • April 16 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) -- Dr. Mary Kelley, Professor of History, American Culture, and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan and the AAS/Mellon Distinguished Scholar in Residence for the 2013-14 academic year, will speak on her research and writing.
  • April 29, 2014  Friends Book & Author Dinner, Reception at 6:30, Dinner at 7 in Tilton Hall/Higgins University Center. Speakers include noted authors Nicholas Basbanes, James Dempsey, and Okey Ndibe. 

All events are free (except for the Book & Author Dinner) and open to the public, but seating is limited. Please call Linda Scricco at 508-793-7573 or email 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:

Student $10
Friend $25
Bibliophage $50
Bibliotaphe $100
Bibliophile $250
Scholar $500
Fellow $1000

For additional membership information, call the Goddard Library Administrative Assistant Linda Scricco, 508-793-7573.

You can now make an online gift to the Friends. Choose "Friends of Goddard Library" as your gift designee at the Clark Connect Gift page.