Friday, April 29, 2016

Gigi O'Baker Retires

Gigi O’Baker (center) retired on Friday, April 29th. Her office neighbors Florence Young (left) and Charlene Vassallo (right) visited her office after the Library Retirement Party to admire one of her gifts, two hanging baskets of geraniums. Gigi, Library Services Supervisor,  had worked in the Media Department on Floor 2 of the Lewis J. Ort Library since 2007. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Money Smart Week is approaching! Save the date for Tips & Tools for Managing Your Money workshop.

The Lewis J. Ort Library is celebrating Money Smart Week® next week, and you’re invited to join us!  


Would you like some ideas to help you create a budget, save money in creative ways, or even learn In recognition of the week, the Library is offering the workshop, Tips & Tools for Managing Your Money. This workshop is open to all, and will provide a variety of tips and ideas for managing your money as well as information on online tools and resources that attendees may wish to explore.  Please join us at either our Tuesday or Wednesday workshop!

Tips & Tools for Managing Your Money
Library Instruction Center, 3rd Floor
Tuesday, April 26 from 3:30-4:30 P.M.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 1:00-2:00 P.M.

Money Smart Week Guide

A variety of financial literacy and money management resources can be found on the Money Smart Week guide at 


Visit the display on the Library’s 5th floor and pick up brochures about managing your finances, identity theft, and more! 

Scavenger Hunt 2016!

Interested in winning a $1,000 Visa gift card?  If so, learn about the nationwide scavenger hunt sponsored by PNC Bank!

Money Smart Week was created in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.  Since then, the Federal Reserve has teamed up with libraries, schools, businesses and other organizations to help consumers manage their personal finances.  This year, it is being observed from April 23-30, 2016.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"I Love My Library" Raffle Winners

During National Library Week we asked you to tell us "Why you love your library". We had lots of responses including:
  • It's Quiet
  • Free Books
  • Free Printing
As a thank you for telling us "Why you love your library", we raffled off two gift bags. The winners of the gift bags were drawn on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

The winners are Avian Hicks and Heath Vasquez. Heath Vasquez is a Health & Physical Education major who expects to graduate in Spring 2017. Avian Hicks is a freshman Biology major.

Congratulations to both our winners!

Avian Hicks

Heath Vasquez

"Why I Love My Library"

Monday, April 18, 2016

Best Shakespeare Play Ever Written? Play Mashable's "This Be Madness" Game

On April 23, 2016, William Shakespeare would be celebrating his 400th birthday. found a way to celebrate William Shakespeare by creating a March Madness-like game to determine the best Shakespeare play ever written.

You can go to and vote in the game. The URL for more information about the "This Be Madness" Game is located here:

Mashable has it set up for people to vote by Twitter with the hashtag #ThisBeMadness

Friday, April 15, 2016

Food-for-Fines Day: Friday April 15

Friday April 15 - Food-for-Fines

If you have library fines you can now help out the less fortunate by donating non-perishable items and the library will forgive your fines.

Donate non-perishable items in exchange for fine forgiveness.

1 item = $1, maximum of $10**

**Does not apply to bills submitted to the billing office or to items that are not property of FSU.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Art Night in the Library: April 14: 6-8 pm

Art Night in the Library will be held from 6 - 8 pm on Thursday April 14.

Come to the library for Art Night where you can make your own bookmarks, draw cartoons, create blackout poetry, and enjoy adult coloring pages.

Bring your friends and enjoy an artful night out in the library.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Nancy Frost Celebrates 23 Years

Nancy Frost celebrated her 23rd year of service at the Lewis J. Ort Library on April 12, 2016. 

Originally hired for the Government Documents area, she moved to the Acquisitions Department in 2001. Nancy is always looking for the best prices for library materials.

Nancy is also celebrating National Library Week with her colleagues.

Please stop by and join the celebration. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

New Library Displays for April

The largest display for the month of April is for the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the opening of the Ort Library in April 1976. The displays with pictures and artifacts from the library are located on the 3rd and 4th floors. The 3rd floor has the model of the library created by the architects, while the 4th floor has the blueprints displayed. The current library is the fourth location where the library has been housed since the beginning of the university. The first place the library was located was in Old Main. It then moved to Lowndes and then to Framptom. The current home of the library was completed in 1975, but the library did not open until April 1976.  Each of the displays also contain pictures of the library throughout the years.

Also located on the 3rd floor is a display that celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the National Organization of Women (NOW). The Women’s Studies Steering Committee has assembled a display honoring the 50th anniversary of the National Organization of Women, with a particular focus on the history of the local Allegany County Chapter of NOW. Though the local chapter is no longer active, they were highly productive in the 1970’s and 1980’s in this area focusing on important issues like reproductive rights, the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, and sexual harassment in the workplace. Highlighted items include collections of banners, pins, stickers, t-shirts, pamphlets, meeting notes, photographs, and other memorabilia from the Naomi Dagen-Blume materials which were donated to the George A. Myers Collection located in the J. Glenn Beall Archives at the Lewis J. Ort Library. Additionally, since April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, the display also contains a variety of historical NOW materials focused on the issue of sexual violence and harassment.

The 5th floor has two new displays this month. The first display celebrates Money Smart Week which is held from April 23-30, 2016 and was put together by Lisa Hartman.  The display includes examples of our eBooks and online resources that are available to help you with many aspects of personal finances.  Free brochures related to general money management, identity theft, and more will also be provided at the display. Please help yourself!  Also, be sure to watch for information about our upcoming workshop, Tips & Tools 4 Managing Your Money, which will be offered on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27.

The second display located on the 5th floor, highlights the April 30, 1789 inauguration of George Washington as the first president of the United States. The display includes resources found in the library regarding George Washington.

The displays will be up through the end of April. If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato (

Monday, April 11, 2016

Scavenger Hunt in Library Tuesday April 12

As part of the celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Ort Library and to celebrate National Library Week, the Library will be holding a Scavenger Hunt on:

Tuesday April 12 from 9 am - 2 pm.

The scavenger hunt has students looking for hidden "Bobcat Paws" throughout the library following the clues provided. When you find a "Bobcat Paw", bring it and the clue provided to the Circulation Desk to redeem for a prize.

If you have any questions, please call 301-687-4395.

Monday, April 4, 2016

March Book Madness Champion 2016 Crowned

Congratulations to Ort Library's 
March Book Madness Champion 2016

The voting for the Champion has ended.

In the end it came down to a contest between: 

The Hobbit and To Kill a Mockingbird.

This year we had over 2700 individual votes during the tournament.

In the end only one book can be crowned Ort Library's March Book Madness Champion for 2016.
The winner of this year's Championship is:

The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien

You can view the results for the Championship "Game" on the guide created for the March Book Madness: