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September 30, 2008

Victorian charm

You can enjoy $20 off on a meal in all the splendor of the Victorian era at the Bennett-Curtis House, an 18-room mansion in Grant Park. The turn-of-the-last-century showplace boasts of the opulent features of stained glass, velvet drapes and hardwood trim, as well as a beautifully landscaped garden. What a great way to spend a few hours enjoying a meal in the luxury of the past! Also, it would make an excellent gift for someone who might want to escape to a simpler time.

The $20 gift certificate was donated by Bennett-Curtis House in Grant Park. For more information, please go to www.bennettcurtis.com,

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other great items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Say "I Do" to "Tony n' Tina"

It's da funniest wedding reception in Chicago! You can bid on two tickets to "Tony n' Tina's Wedding," a hilarious evening where the audience members are wedding and reception guests! The tickets include the ceremony, reception, unlimited Italian buffet, wedding cake and champagne toast. There is a $10 handling fee per ticket. The tickets can be used Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday, and are not valid during holidays or during celebrity appearances. They would make a great holiday present for a fun-loving pair. This package is valued at about $130, but hey, you don't have to bring a gift!

The tickets were donated by Tony n' Tina's Wedding. For more information, please go to www.tonyntina.com.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other great items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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September 25, 2008

You can count your chickens

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This is truly the gift for someone who has everything…but somewhere to incubate an egg. This Lyon Egg Hatcher comes with everything necessary to bring fowl into this world except fertilized eggs. It would be a great gift for a child: Imagine the youngster watching with wonder as baby chicks hatch! It might be a great school project, but check with the teacher! Also, it would be a nice present for that friend in the country who raises a few chickens. Or, maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted! Regardless, now’s your chance to “unscramble” your gift-giving. Its value is a mystery, but it’s truly an “egg-siting” item!

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other great items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Warmest wishes

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You (or a lucky recipient) can stay warm all season long with this Friends of the GSU Library logo fleece jacket. The nice, soft men’s XL jacket is royal blue and black, and perfect for taking a chill off and putting a smile on. You won’t get the cold shoulder this holiday season with this great gift, valued at $25.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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“Unbearably” cute!

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These are the perfect gifts for the “cub” in all of us! Ready to seek out new territories, Robert E. Beary, Explorer, is dressed for the rigors of the outdoors! Of course he is, because he’s from the quality clothier Lands’ End! He’s about a foot tall and ready for hugs. And, after a tough day hiking and exploring, he can relax while listening to “Lullaby” playing softly from his snow globe! It features his bear friends. This is the perfect gift package for someone who enjoys the outdoors but still loves teddy bears. Valued at $40.

The snow globe was donated by Diane Nadler, and the bear by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have these and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 02:35 PM | Comments (0)

Two for the show

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“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players” – William Shakespeare. You’ll probably want to see some good players, too. So, if you enjoy quality theatrical productions, you’ll want to bid on these two tickets to the performance of your choice at the Apple Tree Theatre in Highland Park. The theatre is renowned for its drama and musical presentations, delighting Chicago area audiences for more than a quarter of a century. Though the presentation will remain with you always, the GSU Friends also include a little Albert E. Price glass apple as a memento. This also would be the perfect gift for the theatre aficionado in your life. The package is valued at $100, but you can’t put a price on the enjoyment you’ll give or receive from quality theatre.

The Apple Tree Theatre graciously donated the performance tickets. For shows or information, go to www.appletreetheatre.com. The apple was donated by Diane Nadler.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Traveling and eating in style

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No matter where you go, you (or the recipient of this gift) will look sharp carrying this GSU College of Business and Public Administration tote/travel bag. This bag contains many of the things you’ll need at the office or on the road. For example, you won’t go thirsty with this hot/cold mug. The tote has a special place for it on the outside of the bag for hands-free convenience. Other surprises inside the bag include two luggage tags, a letter opener, highlighter, post-its, three magnetic clips and some pencils. All that’s missing is you! The bag is a roomy 18” x 11” x 7.” You know you're not going to feel like cooking when you get back, so how about a delicious large one-topping pizza from Aurelio's on Sauk Trail in Richton Park? It's the perfect dinner after a trip!

The pizza gift certificate is courtesy of Aurelio's Pizza in Richton Park, and the bag was donated by the GSU College of Business and Public Administration.


The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.


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Relax, refresh and read!

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If you (or a friend) are health-conscious (and who isn’t) here are the perfect gifts. Let's start with a relaxing 1/2-hour massage at Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Center in Evergreen Park or Chicago Ridge. Now that you're relaxed and comfortable, it's time to open a few good books. “You, the Smart Patient” offers the wisdom and wit of Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz to help you make choices to obtain the best health care available. It also offers information on tracing your family medical history, the complexities of the health care industry and the option of alternative medicine. It’s the perfect prescription! Now that you are a smart patient, you can become even smarter. You can study the evolution of the medical field in different cultures over time in “Medicine: A History of Healing” by Roy Porter. The book delivers insight into modern medicine by examining its past. Two sets are available for bidding. A set of the books and masssage are valued at about $75, but you can probably get them for less than your co-pay at this Silent Auction!

The massages were donated by the Little Company of Mary Women's Wellness Center, and the books were donated by Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 02:18 PM | Comments (0)

Thought provoking

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Proudly display an original painting from Sergio Gomez, a professor of art who has exhibited work at 22 collective galleries. This wildly interesting untitled work is a large 32” x 40 ½” and demands the attention of anyone who sees it. The painting is valued at $1,800 but invaluable as a source of pride and pleasure that you will share for generations. Turn your home (or the home of its lucky recipient) into a showplace for fine art now!

This amazing piece of art was donated by the Tall Grass Arts Association, Park Forest. For more assocation information, please go to www.tallgrassarts.org.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 02:12 PM | Comments (0)

Thinking of hue

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Your friends will be envious when they see this beautiful original oil painting gracing your wall. “Summer Calm,” by Orgean Freeman, captures the warmth and splendor of a summer day in hues of green and gold. It is 18 ½” x 22 1/2” beautifully framed, and ready to hang. It is valued at $650, but priceless in its calm and style. This painting will show your exquisite taste and appreciation for the finer things, whether in your home or the home of its recipient.

This work of art was generously donated by the Tall Grass Arts Association of Park Forest. For more association information, please go to www.tallgrassarts.org.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 02:04 PM | Comments (0)

All that sparkles

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The holiday decorations and food are in place, and the candles are lit. They cast a soft, shimmering glow on the scene and the smiling faces of friends and family gathered together to celebrate. Perhaps the perfect gift of jewlery will sparkle in the candlelight. You can use (or give) this $30 Rogers & Hollands Jewelers gift certificate to please any recipient. To add some ambience to the evening, show off your candles in a pair of gleaming Towle Silverplated Snowflake Consoles...the perfect accent pieces for your elegant holiday table. Beauty and functionality combine in these gleaming candleholders. The total package is valued at about $50. If you are not hosting the holidays, just picture what a thoughtful gift this will make!

The certificate was donated by Rogers & Hollands Jewelers in Matteson. For more information on Rogers & Hollands, please go to www.rogersandhollands.com. The candleholders were donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.


Posted by Lynn at 01:42 PM | Comments (0)

Fushia and food

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No need for drab colors now that fall is here and winter is coming. You can brighten up your wardrobe with this great fuchsia Friends of the GSU Library logo women’s larger fleece jacket! It’s a sharp-looking jacket that will keep you (or its recipient) warm and cheerful. Wear your jacket out to breakfast at Blueberry Hill Pancake House in Homewood. You can use your $20 gift card toward the day's most important meal! The package is valued at $65.

The gift card was donated by Blueberry Hill Pancake House in Homewood. For more information, please go to www.blueberrybreakfastcafe.com. The jacket was donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 01:27 PM | Comments (0)

Sizzling gift idea

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You know that you, your family and friends love fajitas. You can hear the exciting sound of the sizzle and smell the delectable aroma of the onions, green peppers and meat as it is placed before you at a restaurant. You know the spicy and satisfying way it tastes as you wrap it in a warm tortilla and take a bite. Now, you can give the gift (or, keep it for yourself) that will allow you to make those tasty meals anytime in the comfort and convenience of your home, sizzling hot and fresh with your own healthy ingredients! Bid on this electric El Paso Chile Co. fajita grill and satisfy even the most hard-to-please person on your list! Don’t forget the guacamole! Retail value is about $40.

The grill was donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 01:19 PM | Comments (0)

See ya later…

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With your classic faux alligator handbag and warm and cozy white pashmina! This is the perfect pair to dress up any outfit for all your holiday events. The handbag is from Coldwater Creek and is faux leather. Valued at a total of $90, this pair will wrap up your gift-giving dilemmas in a snap!

This package was donated by Diane Dates Casey.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 01:16 PM | Comments (0)

Say it with ironstone and a sub

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Let that special someone in your life know how you feel every day with this matching “You Are Special Today” mug and plate, made by The Original Red Plate Co. in Germany. Or, you may want to remind yourself of your special qualities! Regardless, it makes a great holiday or birthday gift, with its cheery bright red color and uplifting message. How about something to go on it? You can enjoy a piece of a Subway three-foot party sub on that plate and still have enough to share with about 15 friends. Valued at $50, this package is the perfect way to make someone smile.

The sub sandwich certificate was donated by Subway, 122 Town Center, Suite 103, Matteson. The plate and mug were donated Beth Hansen Shaw.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.


Posted by Lynn at 01:11 PM | Comments (0)

“Dinner jacket?”

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"Olive hue." Or, maybe the recipient is just a friend. That’s OK, too. But the lucky person who'll wear this gift surely will keep warm and snuggly in this Friends of the GSU Library men’s medium fleece jacket. He or she can wear it in the woods, or to Northwoods in Crete. This package comes with a $20 gift certificate to enjoy some hearty meals. So, warm up to this package valued at $30, either for yourself or a friend.

The gift certificate was donated by Northwoods Hearty Home Cookin' in Crete. For more information, please go to www.northwoodssaloon.com. The jacket was donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 01:05 PM | Comments (0)

Off to the office

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Perfect for the businesswoman (or those studying to be): a stylish faux alligator tote and taupe pashmina! The alligator tote from Coldwater Creek is roomy enough to swallow up all your important paperwork (and of course, some of the personal items you need to get through the day!) It’s the touch of class that goes perfectly with the pashmina. Value of the set is $90, but when you wear it (or give it as a gift), it will look like you spent much, much more!

The package was donated by Diane Dates Casey.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 01:02 PM | Comments (0)

"Jump...for my love"

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Picture yourself here in beautiful Kenya, viewing one of the most amazing cultural experiences you'll ever see. If you can’t travel half-way around the world yourself, you can still enjoy the richness and wonder of African culture in your home with "Maasai Dancers 1," an original signed photograph by Mel Katz. The photograph captures a Maasai mating ritual in which the men's attractiveness to women is determined by the height of their jumps. It is matted, framed and ready to grace any wall. The framed artwork is 15" x 12," and the photograph itself is 8 3/4" x 6 1/2." It is valued at $75, but the beauty of it is priceless.

This outstanding photograph was generously donated by Mel and Marsha Katz.


The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 12:58 PM | Comments (0)

Like folk music? It's a wrap.

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Now, you (or a lucky recipient) can warm up to some great folk music! Enjoy the benefits of an Old Town School of Folk Music Membership. The school is at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. and 909 W. Armitage in Chicago. Membership benefits include reduced prices on merchandise, classes and concerts. And, Chicago is chilly this time of year, so wrap yourself in this stylish burgundy pashmina, great for business or casual styles! This glamorous accessory is the perfect finish for your outfit on those cooler days, especially if your heading to hear some folk music. So, show off your good taste. This package is valued at $150.

The gift membership was donated by the Old Town School of Folk Music. For more information, please go to www.oldtownschool.org. The pashmina was donated by Diane Dates Casey.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 12:51 PM | Comments (0)

“Fore” someone special!

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Got a golfer on your gift list? How about this package that offers a little bit of everything – from a round of golf to somewhere to display the memories of that hole-in-one! You’ll be an “eagle” in any golfer’s eyes with this gift pack. Start off with a round of golf for a foursome, including carts, any Monday through Friday (except holidays) at University Golf Club in University Park. The Club also is including two 1/2-hour private golf lessons and a dine-in certificate for up to $50 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. any day of the week in the Urban Room. Then, as a matter of “course,” the golfer can start with this set of two Top Flight XL2000 balls and some tees. Then, he or she can use this new pivot tool to keep the grounds player-friendly. Golfers will be able to “count” on accuracy with a score keeper. It sure gets hot out there, so how about some cold water stored in this spacious, easy-to-carry golf pack? And after that hole-in-one, friends will be “green” with envy when they see that trophy presentation photograph displayed in this cute frame (holds a 3 ½” x 5” print) by Sports Corner. Don’t forget to don that great “Hole-in-one” hat! So if you have a friend who thinks winter is just a bad season for golfing, swing over to put your bid in, and you’ll be right on par. Valued at $375.

The University Golf Club generously donated the golf outing and dinner. For information about the club, please go to www.universitygolfclub.com. The accessories were donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.


Posted by Lynn at 12:45 PM | Comments (0)

Fit for travel!

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And, fit for life! First you can pamper yourself with a little getaway at the Holiday Inn in Matteson. The gift certificate is for a one-night stay in a regular room. It's not valid on New Year's Eve or special blackout periods. But while you're enjoying your room, you can stay in top shape with Michael Sena’s Travel Trainer. The travel kit includes an exercise video (VHS) and guide, a diner’s guide and some resistance bands, all as ready to go as you are in a handsome lightweight bag! It’s also the perfect gift for a college student or that loved one who loves to keep in shape! This getaway and fitness package is valued at about $180, but worth its weight in gold when it comes to staying healthy and happy!

The gift certificate for the one-nigh stay was donated by the Holiday Inn in Matteson. For more information, please go to www.holiday-inn.com/mattesonil. The fitness kit was donated Paul Blobaum.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

Posted by Lynn at 12:30 PM | Comments (0)

Entertainment tonight (and tomorrow)!

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Pop some popcorn. Get warm and comfy, wrapped in your new black pashmina, on your favorite spot on the couch. It’s time to put on the DVDs and enjoy a couple of movies, brought to you by the Silent Auction from the Friends of the GSU Library. Enjoy “Age of Innocence,” the Martin Scorsese adaption of Edith Wharton’s novel of New York society in the 1870s. The film features Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder and Michelle Pfeiffer. The second film of the double-feature is “Golden Bowl” based on the Henry James novel about a man who marries for money, but loves another. The film features the acting talents of Jeremy Northam, Kate Beckinsale, Uma Thurman and Nick Nolte. Had enough entertainment? “No, No, No.” On the way home after winning the movies, you can listen to 2008 Grammy Nominees CD, featuring the great songs of some of today’s most popular musicians such as Justin Timberlake, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood and Daughtry. A novel gift idea for the person on your list who enjoys movies based on the classics (and likes to rock ‘n’ roll, too).

The two DVDs and the pashmina were donated by Diane Dates Casey. The CD was donated by a Friend of the GSU Library. The package is valued at $70.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.



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Celtic tales

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For the adventure reader or the Celtic culture aficionado, here’s your gift: Morgan Llywelyn’s “Greener Shore: A Novel of the Druids of Hibernia” in two different formats! The adventure novel is a sequel to “Druids” (1991). The first-edition hardback is a great companion to the audio CD version (perfect if the recipient has a long drive to work!). Valued at a total of $42, this package will provide hours of exciting reading!

This set was donated by Linda Geller.


The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Good food, good memories

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Mid-teens and still growing strong! “Growing Up, Age 15” by Enesco is a beautiful figurine that would make a wonderful gift for the holidays or would proudly commemorate a girl’s birthday. The figurine of a teen wearing a lovely dress is 7 ¼” tall. And you can celebrate that special event with some great pizza from Aurelio's in Homewood. The $30 gift certificate is good for dine-in only.

The $30 gift certificate was donated by Auerilo's Pizza in Homewood. For more information, please go to www.aureliospizza.com. The figurine was donated by a friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.


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Afloat with tranquility

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Enjoy the beauty and grace of swans in a winter scene in this original, signed photograph by Mel Katz. Framed, matted and ready to hang, it would be the perfect stress-reliever gift…you can almost hear the quiet sounds of nature when you gaze at it. Framed size is 16” X 13;” unframed photo is 10 ¼” x 7.” Original photographs can capture a moment in time that will never come again, but you can enjoy these swans forever. The photograph is valued at $75, but the peace it will give the recipient is invaluable.

The photograph was donated by Mel and Marsha Katz.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu

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September 24, 2008

Once-in-a-lifetime grand-slam gift!

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Sports fans, here’s your gift! The Friends of the GSU Library has up on the Silent Auction block a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the hand-signed autographs of sports legends Will Perdue, Doug Buffone, Jim Grabowski, Ted Hendricks, Ed Srinkle, Tom Dore, Andy Pofko, Bill Pierce, Bobby Hull, Steve Stone, Stan Mikita, Mike Pyle, Bob Avellini, Gene Hisere and Bob Miller all on one baseball! No “swing and a miss” gift here, this is a hit!. From a hockey Hall-of-Famer to a legendary Chicago announcer, this ball has it covered. Bid on it for yourself, or for that very lucky sports fan in your life.

The autographed baseball, valued at about $300, was donated by Lydia Morrow Ruetten.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Oh baby!

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Here’s the perfect gift for the new parents or the parents-to-be! First, Mom and Dad can keep baby (or themselves, for that matter) cuddly warm with this handmade mint-green afghan. It’s 52” X 56,” and exhibits the beauty and care of creating that can’t be found in mass production. Of course, parents will want to keep memories of the new baby with this blue scrapbook, ready to fill with photographs and notes that will be cherished for decades. The scrapbook also makes it easy to show off the little one’s progress to friends and family! Also included is a little tiger bowl, which will make meals exciting for the toddler. And we all know that there’s no time like play time, and any child (18 months and older) will enjoy life in the fast lane with “Dual Start Dragway Wheel Pals.” This exciting package is valued at $100.


The afghan was created and donated by Liz Morrow, and the other baby items were donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Make a fashion statement

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You won’t have to worry about looking your best when you wear this beautiful pashmina in fashionable forest green. Whether at the office or at a holiday function, this wrap will exemplify your classic and elegant taste. So, bid on it for yourself, or as a special gift for the stylish woman on your holiday gift list.

The pashmina is valued at $35 and was donated by Diane Dates Casey.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Lend an ear and make a good impressionist

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Great works of art can transform any room into a masterpiece! Up for Silent Auction from the Friends of the GSU Library are three classic art prints from the work of Vincent Van Gogh and one of Claude Monet. All four are 17 ½” x 21 ½”, beautifully graced in gold-toned frames and ready to hang. The prints are “Parisians Enjoying the Park Monceau,” by Monet and “Night Stars,” “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh. Enjoy all four of these masterpiece prints in your home, or give them to an art-loving friend. The four prints are packaged for one bid that will show your style and love for fine art.

This package is valued at $60 and was donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Flower power

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Let nature’s simplicity bring beauty to any room in your home! Up for Silent Auction is a pair of daisy prints. Each print is framed in dark wood and is 17 ½” square, ready to hang on a well-deserving wall or set on an end table for a touch of country charm. They are perfect accents for your house. Or, give them as gifts to a friend who is redecorating or starting a new home, or even someone who would like to add a breeze of summer flowers to a long-time residence.

The artwork valued at $60, was donated by Mary Watson.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Fit for royalty

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Surprise your little princess with these wonderful Disney items! Her eyes will sparkle like royal jewels when she receives “Decorate a Princess Deluxe Activity Set” and the “Princess Pop Bead, Tiara and Purse Kit.” Her play time will soar to regal heights. Best of all, she’ll always remember you, her faithful subject, for these majestic presents.

Valued at $33, this package was donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have these and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Change is good, and so is nature

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And change sure can add up. Watch your spare change grow into dollars with the Perfect Solutions Digital Coin Counting Money Jar, which comes with batteries, but sorry, no money. It’s a great gift to spark a child to start saving! The youngster will love to place the coins in the slot, hear the clink as they fall, and watch them add up, hoping soon to have enough to buy a new toy. Or, use it yourself to save for an emergency purchase or a special treat. It’s a fun way to find out how much change really was in your pocket (or at the bottom of your purse). It’s valued at $30, but you’ll save that in no time. Now that you've saved some change, you can use it to drive to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. This package comes with a One-Day Family Pass, valued at $30.

The Museum pass was donated by the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Lincoln Park. For more information, please go to www.naturemuseum.org. The money counter was donated by Beth Hansen Shaw.


The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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Analyze this

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Most people know that Sigmund Freud was the founder of modern psychoanalysis. But Freud had a more artful side: He collected antiquities. You can share Freud’s enjoyment of the finer things with these two small resin replicas of some of his artifacts. The originals are in the The Freud Museum in London. The original bronze statuette of Venus (the goddess of love) is an example of work from the time of the Roman Empire. The resin replica is about 5” tall. And if you ever lay awake, hour after hour in the dark of the night, wondering what Etruscans did for air fresheners, wonder no more. Here is a resin replica of an Etruscan bronze balsamarium, a small vase used for perfumed oil, incense or ointments, decorated with the heads of a satyr and a maenad, male and female followers of the mythical Dionysos, the god of wine. The replica is about 4 ½” tall. Two sets are available and valued at $18 per set. So now you can satisfy your id and ego!

The sets were donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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A three-point gift!

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Recapture that feeling of Chicago Bulls championships every time you check the time! You (or the lucky recipient) will look great wearing this John Paxon (Chicago Bulls 1985-1994) limited edition Esquire watch! Beautiful in gold tone, it is #196 of 250 and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The Friends of the GSU Library proudly offers this remarkable timepiece for its Silent Auction. Make time to bid on this one!

The watch, valued at $149, was donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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“Happiness” is...

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…the winning bid on this original acrylic on canvas work of art! Bright yellow, these two panels entitled “Happiness 2006" are the interesting and thought-provoking work of artist Allan Pocius. Each panel is 15” x 36”. Just think of how happy you can make someone with powerful gift of original art, won by you at the Silent Auction from the Friends of the GSU Library. Bid on the gift that will make an lasting impact this holiday season.

The panels, valued at $600, were donated by a Friend of the GSU Library.

The Friends of the GSU Library will have this and many other exciting items available at the Silent Auction from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Hall of Governors at GSU. All bids must be placed in person. Winners will be notified by telephone by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Items must be paid for by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Cash or a personal check made out to the GSU Foundation will be accepted. If you would like to view more exciting items available for auction, please check the Friends’ website at www.govst.edu/library/friends. If you have any questions, please email the Friends at L-Morrow@govst.edu.

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September 22, 2008

Deaf Awareness Week 2008

According to About.com: Deafness, “The last full week in September is Deaf Awareness Week. It is also known as the International Week of the Deaf (or International Week of Deaf People). The purpose of Deaf Awareness Week is to draw attention to deaf people, their accomplishments and their issues.”

The National Association of the Deaf's website lists the following objectives of Deaf Awareness Week:
• To be able to differentiate between misconception and fact about deafness and deaf culture.
• To understand the differences in the attitudinal approaches to deafness by the hearing public and deaf people themselves.
• To learn about types, degrees, and causes of hearing loss and other audiological information.
• To become familiar with terminology related to deafness.
• To become familiar with various forms of sign language and other communication means.
• To understand the functions of assistive devices used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
• To better understand an interpreter's role.
• To learn about the types of educational programs and support services that are available to deaf persons.
• To gain an understanding of the psychosocial aspects of deafness.
• To become familiar with the services and resources that are available to the deaf community.
• To learn relevant tips for communicating with deaf and hard of hearing people.
• To have a better understanding of deaf culture.
• To recognize that "Deaf People Can Do Anything Except Hear!" (I. King Jordan)

On the other side of the globe, New Zealand is sponsoring a "Listen Loud and Lose it" campaign during Deaf Awareness Week. A recent study revealed that nearly half of New Zealand’s youth have potentially damaged their hearing by the time they’re 25 years old. The main culprit is listening to music at loud volumes on ipods and other devices. You can read more about that here.

To learn more about the Deaf locally visit the Deaf Illinois website.

In honor of this week, the GSU Library highlights the following resources in the library collection:

Understanding Hearing Loss (video): "This program explains sound, hearing, hearing loss, and the relationship between listening to speech and different kinds of hearing loss. It includes realistic simulations of what speech sounds like with different kinds of hearing loss, and useful hints on improving communication" Call number: FLM-VDO RF290.U53X 1993

Sign Language for Everyone: How To Talk to A Person Who Can’t Hear (video): “Deaf actor Anthony Natale teaches over 300 signs in the areas of family, friends, feelings, religions, dating, work, sports, school, professions, home, food, animals, time, travel and the alphabet." Call number: FLM-VDO HV2474.S552005

Seeing voices: a Journey into the World of the Deaf by Oliver Sacks (book) HV2370.S23 1989

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September 11, 2008

Remembering September 11, 2001

Where were you when the news reported that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center? I remember that I had just pulled into the parking lot at work and couldn't believe what I was hearing on the radio. To look back at what happened that day visit the Complete International Archives of September 11, 2001.


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September 08, 2008

Item #002 for the Friends of the GSU Library Silent Auction

On October 13th - October 16th, 2008 the Friends of the GSU Library will be holding a Silent Auction in the Hall of Governors. This is the 2nd item from the auction to be previewed:

Item #002
Description: 15” x 21” unframed print of choice from artist Faye Zalecki's catalog.
Donor: Faye Zalecki
Estimated Value: $ 125.00

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For more information on the artist, go to http://www.govst.edu/library/t_gsu_library.aspx?id=9888

To see a list of the Gift Certificates and Tickets that will be available, visit the Silent Auction - Gift Certificates and Tickets webpage.

To view photos and descriptions of the larger items that will available, visit the Silent Auction - Photos and Descriptions webpage.

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September 05, 2008

Friends of the GSU Library Silent Auction

The Friends of the GSU Library will be hosting a silent auction October 13th - October 16th, 2008 in the Hall of Governors, just in time for your holiday shopping convenience. Each day we will be featuring one or two of the items that will available in the auction. A photo will be provided when possible. Today's item is:

Item #001
Description: 15” x 21” unframed print of “Blue Loop”, number 2/250, includes a certificate of authenticity. One cannot begin to appreciate the beauty and quality of this print until it is seen in person.
Donor: Faye Zalecki
Value: $125
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For more information on the artist, go to http://www.govst.edu/library/t_gsu_library.aspx?id=9888

To see a list of the Gift Certificates and Tickets that will be available, visit the Silent Auction - Gift Certificates and Tickets webpage.

To view photos and descriptions of the larger items that will available, visit the Silent Auction - Photos and Descriptions webpage.

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September Meeting of the Friends of the GSU Library Historical Society

The next meeting of the Friends of the GSU Library Historical Society will be Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 on the Libray Balcony. Newcomers are always welcome!!!

Are you curious about the Friends of the GSU Library Historical Society? Read the article that was in the July 9, 2008 Phoenix News. "Friend-Raiser" Focuses on GSU History

Citations:
Silhan, S. (July 9, 2008). "Friend-Raiser" Focuses on GSU History. the Phoenix News, p.6

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