Gustavus Library Associates: Friends of the Library- April, 2018

Posted on April 18th, 2018 by

April, 2018

Welcome to the ExLibris, the Friends of the Library – Gustavus Library Associates newsletter.

Please feel free to read with us, share recipes and stories, look back on events, and support the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.

Did you know?

 Upcoming Gustavus Events:

MAYDAY! Conference

May 2, 2018

10 am – Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Leymah Gbowee – Christ Chapel (sponsored by the MAYDAY! Conference with assistance from GLA)
11:45 am – Meet and Greet Luncheon sponsored by Friends of the Library – GLA.
Speaker: Mikka McCracken ‘ 09 “Me and You, Too: Women’s Stories in Peace Building”

To order tickets for this event, please visit the Gustavus ticketing website.

For other upcoming Gustavus events, please visit the College calendar.

Books in Bloom:

Books in Bloom is a biennial event, and will be held again in May 2019. In the meantime, we invite you to continue your support of the library by making a gift to the library endowment. For a donation of $25 or more, you can have a bookplate placed in a newly purchased book in the library collection in honor or memory of someone important to you. To make a donation, please contact Dana Lamb.


Event Recap: Festival of Saint Lucia

John Noltner, A Peace of My Mind
Exploring the meaning of peace, one story at a time.

“It was a joy to be at the head of a room filled with people celebrating the memory and spirit of Saint Lucia…the mission of service and carrying light into a world that desperately needs it. Not only does that message resonate with those who were in the room that day, it is at the very core of what Gustavus stands for as an institution.”
John Nolter, speaker at the Festival of Saint Lucia 2017


Highlight: A Royal Affair Promise Scholarship

Guests raising their paddles during the Fund a Need at A Royal Affair on November 11, 2017

“Thank you!  Thank you! The A Royal Affair Promise Scholarship, through the gracious and generous giving of our A Royal Affair attendees, is officially funded and fully invested in the College endowment.  Gustavus stands ready to award this brand new scholarship to a high-achieving first-generation student in this fall’s Class of 2022. We look forward to meeting this young scholar and to welcoming him/her to our Gustavus family.

“Through the Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan, the College seeks to keep a Gustavus education affordable for all students, and to work toward fully meeting students’ demonstrated financial need.  This is a bold and significant goal. Gustavus is sincerely grateful for the overall financial success of A Royal Affair 2017, and for this deeply meaningful and rewarding endowed scholarship result.”
Ann Sponberg Peterson ’83, Associate Vice President for Advancement and Director of Development


The perfect recipe for spring from the Gustie Gourmet II, the Gustavus Library Associates Cookbook.

Grilled Honey-Glazed Salmon

¼ c. dark brown sugar, packed

1 T. honey

2 T. butter

2 T. Dijon mustard

1 T. soy sauce

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. ground ginger

¼ c. bourbon (optional)

1 lb. salmon filet

Combine the brown sugar, honey, and butter in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Stir in the mustard, soy sauce, olive oil, ginger, and bourbon.

Place the salmon skin-side down on heavy-duty foil. Cut the foil to outline the fish, leaving enough to fold up and create an edge. Fold the edges of the foil up. Spread half of the glaze over the salmon.

Place the salmon on a grill rack over medium-high heat on a gas grill or 4‒6” from medium-hot coals. Grill covered for 8 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily. Serve with the remaining glaze.

Serves 2-3.

Ava Goepfert made the “Crazy Cake” from the original Gustie Gourmet cookbook. Check out the results!


What People are Reading Now:

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The current read for the Gustie Virtual Book Club: Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee. Check it out–it’s written by the MAYDAY! Speaker.   To join the Virtual Book Club, click here.

From our board members:

  • Ava Goepfert: I read Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America for my Masters thesis. It’s an eye-opening study about how politics and media portray Black women in harmful and stereotypical ways that limit their ability to access and exercise full citizenship.
  • Michelle Twait: For Christmas, I gave myself a “100 Books Bucket List” scratch-off poster.  It’s a fun mix of authors and genres, including both classic and modern works.  It’s an entertaining way to expand my reading selections – and scratching off a little square each time I finish a book is oddly satisfying!

  • Maggie Forster ’09 is currently reading The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro. It is the third book in her Charlotte Holmes series (“A Study in Charlotte” and “The Last of August” where the two previous novels). The novels follow Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson (the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson) as they themselves get tangled up solving crime. I love novels that take familiar characters, situations, and events… then give them a twist!


Other Events of Interest:

5th Annual Word Play
June 22 and 23

The Annual Word Play event is a gathering of readers and writers in the Melva Lind Interpretive Center.

Organized by Gustie English major alums Julie Johnson, Jane Leitzman and Dave Solheim, and co-sponsored by the English department. This event is open to everyone who likes to read, write and listen. Donations only to cover facilities and refreshments. All donations above cost will go to the English Department.

Friday night: Readers’ Theatre–Doug Huff’s “Benedict Arnold,” his newest play. (Award-winning playwright and emeritus Philosophy faculty member).

Saturday: Lawrence Owen (emeritus English faculty member) will lead a memoir writing workshop.

Athena Kildegaard (English alum) will read from her newest book of poems, Course.

Open Mic–for anyone interested in sharing their own work or favorite pieces others have written.

Lawrence Owen and Cheryl Downy (theatre alum) will close the day with a two-person theatre performance.

For more information, contact Julie Johnson.

About Us:

This blog is published quarterly by Friends of the Library-Gustavus Library Associates.
Our mission is to promote learning, literature, and the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College

For questions, comments, or to submit to the next blog, please contact Dana Lamb or Marie Osuna.


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