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CO-ASIS&T would like to say thank you to all of our hosts who helped make this year’s Summer of Tours a success!

We started our summer in May with a tour of Bexley Public Library, where staff shared information about their unique circulating collections and programming, and gave us a tour of the building.

In June, we visited the Blackmore Library at Capital University, where our host, Shaunda Vasudev, Outreach and Engagement Librarian, gave us a tour and a talk about how academic libraries use space to meet the needs of students, and how the 2012 renovation was designed to meet those needs.

We wrapped up the month of June with a Saturday tour of Wagnalls Memorial Library, where our costumed guide, Carol Gaal walked us through the history of the building and its ties to the community as benefactor Mabel Wagnalls. Tami Morehart, Library Director, shared the modern updates and programming the library now offers, their participation in the Central Library Consortium, as well as the challenges and opportunities of being a privately funded library.

We finished the (very warm) afternoon with a private tour of the nearby family-owned Slate Run Vineyard. Owner Keith Pritchard walked us through the vineyard, pointing out the unique characteristics and challenges of each variety of grapes he grows, and finished the tour with a tasting of all of the wines he currently had on hand.

We hit record attendance at our tour of the OSU Historic Costume and Textiles Collection! We learned the fascinating cultural history of clothing, and the personal stories attached to some specific pieces, including a wedding dress made from a stolen German parachute, swiped by an American paratrooper before returning home from World War II.

We wrapped up our summer lineup in August, with back-to-back tours of the Franklin County Law Library, and the Grant Morrow III, MD Medical Library at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

At the Franklin County Law Library, Director Angela Baldree shared how the library serves the needs of central Ohio attorneys, elected officials, as well as the public.

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Susi Miller (Library Manager) and Alison Gehred (Reference Librarian) shared how the Grant Morrow serves the needs of the Pediatric Residency Program, as well as other clinicians and staff, and spoke on their close relationship with the Ohio State University Health Sciences Library.

Thank you to all who attended events this summer! Stay tuned for more upcoming tours and presentations coming this fall.