The Spring Event was a grand success! Below you will find some words from our board and pictures of the event. Thank you for supporting us!
Greetings, dear Friends of the ACU Library. I asked our newest board-member, Mrs. Kate Ferguson from Albany, to write her reflections on the recent FACUL dinner. Be well, – Jon Camp, FACUL President
If Elmer Kelton is correct in his assessment of writers as liars and thieves, then FACUL’s spring dinner and fundraiser might have raised some eyebrows. Fortunately, the pretty centerpieces, good food, and eloquent speakers offset any possible convictions.
The evening’s keynote speaker, Glenn Dromgoole, wisely stated there are at least two stories involved with a book. One is between the pages, and the other lies outside of the pages, in the history of the book’s journey from writer to publisher to reader. The FACUL spring dinner was just such an opportunity to explore this newspaper editor turned author’s own outer story, and how Dromgoole’s books are born, reared, and preserved. He gave his audience a thoughtful and humorous glimpse into the processes behind three of his 24 books, and even introduced us to some characters, some admittedly drawn from real life. His newest title, 101 Essential Texas Books, a book about – well – books, is sure to get us thinking about our personal libraries at home. I am grateful to ACU Press for having the foresight to include the Texas Star owner in its hall of writers, as Dromgoole has helped to secure Abilene’s place on the literary map.
Other moments from the evening are imprinted; Carisse Berryhill’s thoughtful prayer remembered the people who took us on their knee and read to us as children. John Weaver recognized volunteers Linda Foster, Chris Shields and Don Waldrop, for their dedication behind the scenes to make the lives of readers better. Weaver acknowledged the hours they give as a true gift, and also named the library as that vital place where we may go to reconnect and restore. This makes being a friend of a library a reward in itself.
-Kate Ferguson, FACUL board member