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Friends of the Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library

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

Donors in FY21

Floral Amy Carol Barrett
Robert W. Becker Diana L. Bell
John Bullis

Kathy Butler

Judy Christian Sidney Conn
Shirley Cox Beth Rigel Daugherty
Petie Dodrill Margaret Doone
Colleen Dunston-Carroll Janice Eddey
William & Sonya Evans Kathleen Fernandez
Donald Foster Arthur B. Fulton
Robert & Jackie Gatti Joanne Gillum
Coral Harris & Alan Goff Carmenza Gutierrez
Ashley Hansen Bruce & Cathie Hickin
Lynda Huey Chris Kaiser
Donna Kerr Tiffany Lipstreu
Barbara Martin Colette Masterson
Gary & Barbara McKenzie Bill & Harriet Merriman
Janie A. Miller Karl & Marsha Niederer
Kusum Niraula Hon. Dr. Alan & Carol Norris
Rebecca O'Neil James R. Owens
Martha Owens Vernon Pack
Charles Paule Raymond Pocock
Alison Prindle Miriam Ridinger
Carolyn Royer Juanita Rusk
Betsy Salt Jeffrey S. Sams
Mike Schor Kevin Schwarz
Becky & Dick Smith Nancy Jean Smith
Jessica Sykes Lois Szudy
Margaret Trent John & Kazuko Volkmar
Dr. James K. Wagner Diana Westfall
Sarah Whybrew Mary Lou Wiard
Robert Woodruff Elmer "Bud" Yoest
Jeffrey Yoest


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!


Textbook Affordability Endowment Funded!

We did it, Friends! The Textbook Affordability Endowment has officially been funded!

The Textbook Affordability Endowment has been in development since 2017 and needed $25,000 in order to begin paying out roughly $1,000 a year for high-cost, high-usage text and course books. With pledges from donors, ongoing fundraising efforts, and continued donations from Friends like you, we reached this goal in only three years. We have had some incredibly generous donations over the years from many of our wonderful Friends, including Jane Horn, Robert Woodruff, Nancy J. Smith, Margie & Richard Doone, Kay Stroch, and Lois Szudy. The Office of Institutional Advancement at Otterbein University anticipates that the endowment will begin paying out starting in the fall of 2021, providing cost-relief to our students right at the beginning of the academic year.

While the endowment is now vested and will begin paying out funds each year, please keep this endowment in mind. Any additional donations to the endowment will grow the fund and allow for a greater annual release of funds, allowing for additional textbooks to be purchased. If you would like to donate, please visit the Friends website on textbook affordability for more information.

Thank you, Friends. You have truly made a difference in our students' lives.