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Friends of the Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library

This guide will provide information about the Friends and their events/meetings.

Otterbein Singers 2023

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Otterbein Singers in "There and Back Again"

March 19th, 2023 @ 7:30pm

Church of the Master

Join us for the annual Otterbein Singers concert on March 19th at 7:30pm! The Otterbein Singers will present "There and Back Again". Admission is free, but donations will be accepted and go towards the Friends' work of creating a new endowment, to be announced at the concert!

Otterbein Singers 2022

An image of the Otterbein Singers group in 2022, with information about the concert around it.


Otterbein Singers in "Myths, Legends, and Tales"

March 20, 2022 @ 7pm

Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium

We welcome the return of the Otterbein Singers! They will present their concert "Myths, Legends, and Tales" on March 20th at 7pm. The concert is in a different venue than in previous years - it will be on Otterbein's campus, at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, in Riley Auditorium. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Donations will go towards the Friends' work of supporting the library's resources and services, especially in this, the library's 50th anniversary year. Refreshments will be served.

The exact address of the concert venue is below, should you need it for navigation.

Otterbein University

Battelle Fine Arts Center

170 W Park St

Westerville OH 43081

Unsure where to park? Visit the Otterbein campus map to see nearby parking lots.


Common Book 2020

An image of the Common Book photo of Sam Quinones, including his signature


An Evening With Sam Quinones: Q&A Discussion moderated by Dr. Paul Eisenstein 

October 28th, 7:30pm 

Virtual Event 


The Friends of the Library had a special Q&A Discussion with Sam Quinones, author of 2020's Common Book Dreamland. The event took place via Zoom. Friends were invited to send any questions they had for Mr. Quinones over in advance. Though the Friends event was unable to take place in-person, due to COVID, they were still able to have their formal author photo reveal. Using photos and PowerPoint, they were able to show off the author photo before it was signed, and then after the signature had been added (via a signed sticker the author mailed to the University). Although it was very different from previous years, the Friends Common Book event was still a big success!


Otterbein Singers 2019

FOL Council Members standing in front of a table, posing and smiling

Friends Council Members

Friends Council Members (from left to right) Barb McKenzie, Lois Szudy, Mary Pat Knight, and Nancy Smith, before the show began.

A crowd of people sitting in pews

The Audience Gathers

The audience gathered quickly for the Otterbein Singers 2019 performance.  Over 130 people attended.

Choir standing at the front of the church

The Performance Begins

The theme for the Otterbein Singers 2019 concert was Music from the Heartland.

Choir standing at the front of the church, zoomed in

A Beautiful Concert

It was a lovely concert; the performances were outstanding!

President John Comerford at the front of the church, speaking into a microphone

President John Comerford in Attendance

President John Comerford was in attendance and spoke at the end of the concert about the importance of textbook affordability.  The Friends were collecting donations to fund their Textbook Affordability Endowment this year.

Otterbein Singers: Broadway Gospel 2018

Margaret Doone, Mary Pat Knight, and Barb McKenzie

FOL Council Members Margaret Doone, Mary Pat Knight, and Barb McKenzie were instrumental in setting up and running the concert

Tiffany Lipstreu and Family

FOL Council Member and Library Director Tiffany Lipstreu with family

Otterbein Gospel Choir

The Otterbein Gospel Choir celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2018; they collaborated with the Otterbein Singers and performed during the concert

Otterbein Singers

The Otterbein Singers performed beautifully!

Enjoying the reception

The Friends provided a delicious reception menu after the event

Meet the Author: Karen White

Meet the Author: Karen White

The Friends of the Courtright Memorial Library are pleased to announce that, in partnership with Westerville Public Library, we will be hosting author Karen White for an author talk and book signing during National Library Week.  On April 9th, at 7pm in Riley Auditorium, Karen White will discuss one of her latest books, The Night the Lights Went Out, coming out in paperback on March 27th.  It is currently available in hardback.  Before the event (6pm-7pm), Otterbein music students Owen Hopper and Eric Stratton will perform.

The book summary is:

Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. When an anonymous local blog starts dishing about her failed marriage, Merilee finds some measure of peace in town matriarch Sugar Prescott. 

Sugar's stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with glamourous young mother Heather Blackford.

In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilee's house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women....

We are very excited to have Karen White join us.  Get your tickets today!

Otterbein Singers 2016