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          Baron-Forness Library
          200 Tartan Drive
          Edinboro, PA  16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2273
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          Friends of the Library

          Friends of the Baron-Forness Library are committed to advancing the Library and student scholarship resources at Edinboro University and in surrounding communities.

          Edinboro's Baron Forness Library

          Mission Statement

          The Friends of the Library support the Baron-Forness Library through fundraising activities. The Friends promote the use and support of library resources and services by area residents. We provide a forum for individuals to share their scholarly interests through programs that promote the Baron-Forness Library as a center of cultural and educational activities. We strive to obtain materials that will enhance the resources of the Baron-Forness Library.

          Who we are and what we do

          The Friends consist of current and retired faculty and staff, alumni, students, corporate sponsors, and community members who advocate for excellence in the Baron-Forness Library’s collections and promote its cultural and intellectual presence in the Edinboro community. The organization is founded on a common commitment to learning and an interest in books and scholarly materials. The commitment, work and generosity of its members and friends helps to maintain—and grow—an invaluable regional resource.

          The Friends of the Baron-Forness Library was reorganized in 2001. Since then the group has raised thousands of dollars for the improvement of library resources and services. Some notable achievements include:

          • The Friends provided funding for the purchase of a microform reader-digitizer.
          • The Friends recently established a Friends of the Baron-Forness Library Student Research Grant Program that awards competitive grants of up to $500 to students to help defray costs related to pursuing and presenting valuable research projects in their field of study. Awardees present their scholarly research at a Friends’ event.
          • A new Friends of the Library Study Room Fund will provide new study room areas to replace previous study rooms reallocated to the Academic Success Center.
          • The Friends raise funds through activities such as membership drives, annual events at Jerry Uht Ballpark, a silent auction, and "Books Are Fun" sales.
          • The Friends hosted the Louis Braille Bicentennial traveling exhibit. Ninety second grade students from Edinboro Elementary School visited the library to see the exhibit.
          • Annual membership meetings feature guest speakers and drawings for books.

          Benefits of membership

          • Borrowing privileges at the Baron-Forness Library.
          • Use of services and facilities.
          • Invitation to special Friends events and lectures.
          • Opportunities for volunteer involvement.

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          Friends of the Baron-Forness Library Research Grant Awardees

          Graduate Awards

          Alyssa Rhone
          “Analysis of Parent-Child Interactions & Media Utilizing the LENA”
          Project advisor: Dr. Jane Puhlman, Communication Sciences and Disorders

          Autumn Richards
          “Meeting the Needs of Students and Teachers at Erie Children’s Museum”
          Project advisor: Dr. Karen Lindeman, Early Childhood

          Undergraduate Awards

          Ashley Taylor and Kendra Taylor
          “Mock Jurors’ Perceptions of Bias in Forensic Testing”
          Project advisor: Dr. Ronald Craig, Psychology

          Deandra Mosura
          “The Effects of Sexual Conditioning on the Development of Sexual Behaviors in Male Rats”
          Project advisor: Dr. Wayne Hawley, Psychology

          Emma Morgan
          “Extraction and Separation of Active Plant Compounds from the Common Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea
          Project advisor: Dr. Matthew Foradori, Biology and Health Services

          Michael Anthony
          “Surveying the Gut Microbiota of Zootermopsis angusticollis
          Project advisor: Dr. Matthew Foradori, Biology and Health Services

          Zachary Drake
          “Determination of Heavy Metal Concentrations in Residential Water Supplies and Local Watersheds Using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy”
          Project advisor: Dr. Qun Gu, Chemistry