Library News & Events

Long Night Against Procrastination on November 17th


Posts - November 11, 2022
The Long Night Against Procrastination will be on November 17th, 6pm-9pm, throughout the entire library. This program is an opportunity to get a head start on preparing for final exams and final papers, with a number of different sessions designed to help with that. The full list of sessions is below. This program is INST approved, with FYE sessions throughout the evening as well. The Long Night Against Procrastination is an annual program run by the Courtright Memorial Library, the…

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October 27th Proclaimed Friends of the Library Day at Otterbein


Posts - October 27, 2022
On October 26th, at the Friends of the Library Common Book Author event, a new proclamation from Otterbein President John Comerford was announced: that October 27th would be the Friends of the Otterbein University Courtright Memorial Library Day. The Friends of the Library have been instrumental in supporting the library in the 20+ years since they formed. They have funded library renovations, furniture, archival projects, staffing, and equipment for check-out, among other things. They support the library Bike Share program,…

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Library Rededicated for 50th Anniversary


Posts - October 13, 2022
The Courtright Memorial Library hosted a special, invite-only, 50th anniversary celebration event on October 1st, 2022. This invitation was sent to members of the Courtright family, library directors across Ohio, former employees and former student employees, and the Friends of the Library. Over 100 people attended the event on Saturday. President of the Friends of the Library, Margie Doone, waiting to pick up her gift bag. The highlight of the event was the rededication of the library, led by President…

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Window Into the Constitution


Posts - September 14, 2022
The library will be hosting its annual Constitution Day celebration on September 16th, 2022, from 1pm to 3pm. This is a hands-on exploration of the Constitution - you’ll take a look at the document, find the parts you find the most interesting, important, or confusing, and write them out – on the library windows! A participant in the program You’ll also get to explore former failed constitutional amendments and vote on them. Which amendments do you think should be in…

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Read Aloud and Refresh


Posts - September 7, 2022
College libraries have tons to offer, but it can be tough to know where to start, and you may already feel tired thinking about scholarly articles and late nights studying in the stacks. We want to show you how we can make your semester a little easier and a little more fun. Kick back with an old-fashioned story time (complete with snacks!) and learn about the goings-on at Courtright Memorial Library, from board games to book clubs to research and…

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Author Event: Unexpected Life and Philanthropy of Sarah B. Cochran


Posts - August 31, 2022
Kimberly Hess, author of "A Lesser Mortal: The Unexpected Life of Sarah B. Cochran" will be giving a presentation on her book and research on September 8th at 4pm in Library 118. The event is INST approved and is co-sponsored by the Humanities Advisory Committee. Who was the woman who built Cochran Hall and why is she largely unknown?  Through her marriage to Otterbein alum Philip G. Cochran, Sarah B. Cochran moved from financially humble origins to being a unique…

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Game Night on August 30th!


Posts - August 22, 2022
The library is hosting a Game Night on August 30th on the second floor of the library. The Game Night will take place from 6pm-9pm, but it is an event where you can come and go as you like, so if you're not available right at 6pm, no problem! There will be pizza served. A majority of the game collection will be brought upstairs for you to pick from, and staff will be on hand to teach you a game…

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Birthday Party A Smash!


Posts - April 7, 2022

On April 5th, the Courtright Memorial Library celebrated their 50th anniversary with a small birthday party, featuring cupcakes, speeches, and a ribbon-cutting for an upcoming library service.

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Braiding Sweetgrass Discussion Before Author Visit


Posts - March 10, 2022
Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass, will be visiting Otterbein on March 28th as part of the Integrative Studies Lecture series. The library will be hosting a book discussion on March 16th, 6pm-7pm, to help prepare for Dr. Kimmerer’s visit – FYS, INST, and #CardsSTANDTogether approved! You can borrow the book either electronically or physically before the book discussion so that you’re prepared. The book discussion will take place on the second floor of the library. Robin Wall Kimmerer…

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Library Turns 50!


Posts - March 10, 2022
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Courtright Memorial Library. Many events, programs, and activities are planned through 2022 to celebrate this milestone. In the late 1960s, it was becoming evident that the Centennial Library, attached to the back of Towers Hall, was no longer large enough to serve the growing needs of Otterbein’s students, staff, and faculty. Under the careful guidance of Head Librarian John Becker, ‘50, a state-of-the-art facility was designed. It would house not…

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