Regular programs are held at the Thurber Center, 91 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio.

Socializing begins at 7:00 pm and the program begins at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.
Parking is available behind the Thurber Center as well as in the State Auto lot off of N. 11th Street.

October 12, 2017

The “Highlights for Children” Archive

Deidra Herring, Associate Professor and Subject Specialist for Education, Collections, Instruction, & Public Services at the Ohio State University Libraries, will talk about the Highlights for Children Archive at The Ohio State University Library.

Founded in 1946 in Columbus, Ohio, Highlights for Children has been one of the nation’s most successful children’s literature publishing ventures and continues to thrive today.  Over 70 years of the magazine’s archives are housed in the Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Ohio State University and is a primary research resource for the study of children’s literature, cultural literacy, primary education and cognitive development.

Herring received her Masters of Library Science at the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Education from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.  She has been at OSUL since 2005.  She has presented and published widely in the area of outreach and library user instruction.  In 2016 Herring was the principal curator for the exhibition Fun With a Purpose: Highlights and its Contribution to Childhood Education, an interactive exhibition that took a closer look at why young readers and adults continue to love Highlights magazine. The exhibition was initiated and installed to coordinate with the 2016 annual conference of the Children’s Literature Association.

November 9, 2017

Disruptive Technologies and Migratory Books: Bookselling and Publishing in the 21st Century

The technological innovations of late twentieth and early twenty-first century have disrupted many industries but one of its first and most disruptive targets was the publishing industry. Tony Sanfilippo, Director of The Ohio State University Press, will present a survey of the publishing and bookselling industries over the last thirty years focusing on how those disruptions are affecting the publication and distribution of trade books, scholarship, and textbooks, particularly for a medium-size university press. Topics will include industry consolidation, the impact of the digital revolution and online retail, and what the future might hold for independent publishers.

Sanfilippo was appointed Director of OSU Press after a national search.  Previously, Sanfilippo had been marketing director and assistant director at the Pennsylvania State University Press. While at Penn State, he drove initiatives to bring the press into the digital age, leveraging technologies and business models that bring content to a broader audience and acting as the press’s contact with Google, Apple and Amazon. He has had key roles in the Association of American University Presses and The Association of American Publishers.  He has spent more than 20 years in trade publishing and was co-owner and manager of Svoboda Scholarly Books in State College, Pennsylvania.

Sanfilippo’s vast experience in the book business and his activity and high profile among national publishing associations endows him with an in-depth and unique overview of the contemporary world of publishing.

December 14, 2017

2017 Annual Book Lover’s Silent Auction and Holiday Dinner

Looking for book treasures? The annual Aldus Society’s Silent Auction and Holiday Dinner is December 14th at La Scala Restaurant in Dublin, Ohio.
Spend an evening bidding against your friends for choice books and book-related items while enjoying a delicious meal and adding to your personal collection or acquiring items for gifts. Funds raised through the auction and raffle ticket sales support our quality programming.

The buffet dinner will be followed by the announcement of raffle winners, the recognition of our 2017 Carol Logue Biblio-Fellowship Award winner, and auction winners collecting their treasures.

Aldus Society member and guest dinner tickets are $45 per person. Tickets for non-members are $55. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Members of The Aldus Society and their guests are given priority. If you are not a member of The Aldus Society and would like to receive an invitation, please contact Debra Jul at debrajul01@gmail.com no later than September 30th so she can add you to the invitation list.

The Aldus Society is a non-profit organization that hosts literary programs in Central Ohio. We celebrate the many facets of text and image through various media, but principally the book—past, present and future. Our monthly programs at the Thurber Center are free and open to the public. Members enjoy additional special programs and social events during the year.