Friends of the Library


Become a member. Be a volunteer. Enjoy seminars, events, and visiting with friends. Charles Martell Author Lecture Series 2020/2021 Town & Gown Series

Who are the Friends?

The Friends of the Library at Sacramento State was founded in 1992 to help the University Library meet the growing and changing needs of the campus and the community. Since its founding, the Friends of the Library has:

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Donated over $250,000 to the University Library in grants for the acquisition of books, journals, electronic media, and equipment

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Established the Book Bin, a permanent used book sales area on the Library’s lower level

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Published the newsletter Bookends

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Hosted special events and presentations by well-known authors

Board Leadership

  • President Bill Dorman
  • Vice President Linda J. Goff
  • Secretary Roz Van Auker
  • Treasurer Michaeline Veden

Bookends Editors

  • Linda Goff and
  • Roz Van Auker

Board Members

  • Mary Andrews
  • Nick Burnett
  • Andrea Fiske
  • James Fox
  • Shari Gonzales
  • Ethan Gould ASI
  • Terry Kastanis
  • Erica Kobbe
  • Jean Torcom
  • Jennifer Ware
  • Lisa Woodard-Mink


  • Amy Kautzman, Dean and Director, University Library
  • Sally Hitchcock, Coordinator, Community Outreach
  • Lora Hollingsworth, Sac State Planned Giving

Our Mission

To support the University Library by:

  • Bringing together individuals and organizations interested in the Library
  • Reaching out to the community and promoting the interests of the Library
  • Providing a forum for the University and local authors, researchers, and readers to meet and discuss their work and interests
  • Raising funds to enhance the Library

Benefits of Membership

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Receipt of the Friends newsletter, Bookends

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Invitations to library exhibits, lectures, and events

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Library borrowing privileges for members at the Sponsor level ($50 and above)

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The satisfaction of supporting education in our community

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Complimentary parking for Speaker Series

Visit the Book Bin!

Staffed by members of the Friends who volunteer for a few hours per week, the Book Bin sells inexpensive used copies of books and media in various formats. Proceeds from the Book Bin help fund Friends efforts such as our annual grant program in support of library collections and services as well as general gifts to the Library.

The Friends’ used book sales area in the University Library lower level is open on the first full week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and the third week on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays of each month from 10am – 3pm. Book Bin: 916-278-5154.

Charles Martell Author Lecture Series 2020/2021

Entering its 11th year, the Lecture Series offers the campus and Sacramento communities the opportunity to engage with authors whose work is timely and thought provoking. All lectures are free to the public and everyone is welcome to join us.

For more information contact Sally Hitchcock, the Library coordinator for community outreach, at (916) 278-5954 or

To request reasonable accommodations, please contact Sally Hitchcock at least five (5) business days in advance of the event or as soon as possible.

All lectures held at 1:00 p.m. online via Zoom. Registration is required to attend.

Sasha Abramsky

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Sasha Abramsky will open the series with a discussion of his latest book, Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World’s First Female Sports Superstar. Abramsky is the author of 10 other books whose topics range from the prison system to poverty in America. A free-lance journalist who also teaches in the UC Davis writing program, Abramsky is a graduate of Oxford and studied at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.


Nancy Davis Kho

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Nancy Davis Kho is a speaker, podcaster and author of the book, The Thank-You Project: Cultivating Happiness One Letter of Gratitude at a Time. Nancy covers “the years between being hip and breaking one” at and on the award-winning Midlife Mixtape Podcast. Nancy has been both champion and judge in the acclaimed international comedy-lit improv show, Literary Death Match.


Lauren Markham

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Lauren Markham is a writer focusing on issues related to youth, migration, the environ­ment, and her home state of California. Her work has appeared in several publications including The New York Times. Lauren is the author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life, which was awarded the Northern California Book Award, The California Book Award Silver Medal, and the Ridenhour Prize.


Jennifer Laam

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Jennifer Laam is the author of three novels: The Secret Daughter of the Tsar, The Tsarina's Legacy, and The Lost Season of Love and Snow. Jennifer resides in California's Central Valley, and is a research analyst for California State University, Sacramento. When she isn't busy reading, writing, or researching, she spends her time obsessing over cosplay for Comic-Con and caring for one highly-spoiled cat.


Town & Gown Series

Making Sense of an Election Like No Other

Sponsored by the Sacramento State Project for an Informed Electorate and Friends of the Library. Our thanks to professors Kim Nalder, Danielle Martin, Kristina Flores Victor, and Andrea Terry for an outstanding presentation.

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Implicit Bias: Ending Systemic Racism One Decision-Maker at a Time

Hosted by the Friends of the Sacramento State Library. We are so grateful to Dr. Cameron Wedding for an excellent, informative presentation.

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