Programs & Events

Books for Books

EOP students arrange used books on long tables for the Friends of the Library Used Book Sale
Book Sale Conversation

You can turn your used books into new books for the college library collection by donating them to the BOOKS FOR BOOKS campaign. All books donated to the Friends of the Library are sold at used book sales to raise funds for library acquisitions. Sales generally take place in late fall or in mid-spring.  Since 1998, approximately 500 individuals and groups, including academic and administrative departments on campus, faculty, emeriti, staff, students, parents, alumni, community members, local businesses, have contributed thousands upon thousands of used books to this program. The proceeds have totaled more than $72,500+.

Donations of gently used books, as well as other media including DVDs, CDs and vinyl are accepted year-round. Please bring small donations to the Check-out Desk at the Sojourner Truth Library any
time the library is open.  For larger donations please contact us to arrange an appointment to meet us
at our loading dock with a book truck.

For more information about this program or sale announcements, please contact Library Dean’s Office (phone: 845-257-3719; email:

To arrange a drop off for large donation please contact William Hennessey (phone: 845-257-3679; email:


Honor with Books

The Honor with Books Program is a way of giving recognition to special people, while simultaneously helping to enrich the Sojourner Truth Library’s collection of books and other learning resources for
SUNY New Paltz students.  Friends of the Sojourner Truth Library will place a bookplate in a newly purchased book or books, depending upon your gift amount, and send a copy of the bookplate to the honored party in acknowledgement of your thoughtfulness. To request a brochure please call 845-257-3719 or email

Friends Events

At various times throughout the year the Friends sponsor public talks, used book sales and exhibitions. Some of these events are coupled with special donor recognition receptions to celebrate the “margin
of excellence” that Friends’ contributions make possible at the Sojourner Truth Library. Below are
reports of some recent events.

Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lectures

Established in 2007 to honor Dennis O’Keefe, ’73, a long-time staff member of the Sojourner Truth Library, who positively impacted the lives of thousands of New Paltz students, staff, faculty and community members.   Dennis also served with the New Paltz Volunteer Fire Department.  The Annual Lecture, dedicated to his memory, celebrates an aspect of his wide range of interests and contributions.

Ninth Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture – Linda Greenow, Professor Emerita, Geography & Latin American Studies, spoke on “The Potato and the Personal in Peru” on September 17, 2015.

Eighth Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture – Raymond Sokolov spoke on
“Out of Africa: The Contribution of Slaves to the Cuisines of the Americas” on September 9, 2014.


James H. Ottaway, Jr. portrait with glasses and grey hair

Seventh Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture – James H. Ottaway, Jr. lectured
on “From Editing Newspapers to Editing Books.”  September 19, 2013.

Sixth Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture – Dr. Reva Wolf, Professor of Art History, presented “Seeing Satire in the Peepshow”, a slideshow and lecture on the role of the
peepshow in satire in eighteenth and early nineteenth century Europe.  September 13, 2012.

Gerald Benjamin

Fifth Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture – Dr. Gerald Benjamin, Director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at the State University of New York
At New Paltz, spoke on “College and Community in New Paltz and America.” September 21, 2011.
(Link to text of lecture.)

Fourth Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture – Paul C. Huth, Director of Research at Mohonk Preserve, spoke on “A Century of Weather Observation at Mohonk Lake.” September 21, 2010.

Third Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture – Jo Margaret Mano, Associate Professor, Department of Geography at the State University of New York at New Paltz spoke on “A Passion for Maps: Celebrating the Hudson.” September 16, 2009.

Second Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture – William B. Rhoads, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the State University of New York at New Paltz spoke on “The Changing
Image of Education at New Paltz, 1828-2008.” September 17, 2008.


First Annual Dennis O’Keefe Memorial Lecture Steven G. Poskanzer, President, SUNY New Paltz
spoke on “The Role of the University in Society.” October 23, 2007.
(Pictured with Chui-chun Lee, Director
of the Sojourner Truth Library.)

Other Lectures


“Popping Up Through Time and Space” with Robert Sabuda  April 4, 2012

An Evening with Francine Prose April 17, 2008

Reception in honor of Dr. Margaret Wade-Lewis, Recipient of the 2008 College Language Association Book Award for her book “Lorenzo Dow Turner: Father of Gullah Studies” –
November 7, 2008
November 9, 2005
April 26, 2004


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