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Sherrod Library to celebrate donors

Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013

Updated: Sunday, April 14, 2013 21:04

In celebration of National Library Week (April 14-20), the Sherrod Library will be hosting a small invitational celebration titled “Donors Make a Difference.”
This event will  honor Gwen Wallace and Flora Joy, two of the Sherrod Library’s notable donors.

This Tuesday, April 16, Steven James will lead a discussion titled “Truths that Telling Lies has Taught Me: Reflections of a Novelist’s Life.”

Steven James is an East Tennessee State University graduate whose degree in storytelling has led him to a lucrative career as an author.

He has received four Storytelling World Honor awards, two Publishers Weekly starred reviews, as well as multiple Christy Awards for best suspense from having authored just over thirty novels.

Gwen Wallace founded the Gwendolyn Wallace Children’s Literature Endowment at the Sherrod Library after she obtained her teaching certification from ETSU.

This donation resulted in the library purchasing a number of award-winning children’s literature in multiple media forms.

Her ambition to supply quality children’s literature extends to her career as well. She was previously the director of educational services bureau and an editor for children’s literature with the Viking Press in New York City.

Joy received the title of professor emeritus of reading/storytelling at ETSU upon her retirement.

She also currently holds the record for youngest ETSU graduate, with a B.S. at the age of 18. This achievement launched her remarkable full time teaching career from 1963 to 2000.

The most recent in a long line of awards and recognitions was Joy’s induction into the ETSU Alumni Hall of Fame for the ETSU College of Education in 2011.

Joy’s contribution to the Sherrod Library was the donation of over 1,600 children’s books from her own collection.

The success of the Sherrod Library would simply not be possible without the support of Wallace, Joy and many others like them.

Our campus library is thriving in a time marked by budget constraints and reallocation of funds to start new programs.


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