Scheduled Events

Annual Meeting – Open to the Public 

Saturday June 9, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Pollak Library, room PLS-360

Farron Brougher will speak of his pilgrimage to places where Vincent Van Gogh painted, lived and ate. His presentation will include photos of these places but not the related paintings. Farron is a photographer and blogger at and, where he exposes historical misconceptions.

Synopsis of Previous Meetings

  • In 2017, Clem Guthro, Dean of the Library, spoke of the effect of digital libraries on scholarship, collaboration across the library ecosystem, long-term stewardship of print collections, libraries and architecture, and the library's role in student success.
  • In 2016, Cornel Bonca, Professor of English at CSUF, presented a lecture, including music, based on his recent book about Paul Simon: Paul Simon: An American Tune.
  • In 2015, Tracy Wood an award winning former foreign correspondent in Asia, investigative reporter with the Los Angeles Times and investigative editor for the Orange County Register, was the speaker.
  • In 2014, Lis Leyson spoke about The Boy on the Wooden Box, a recently published book about her late husband, Leon Leyson.
  • In 2013, Bill Davis, founding president of Southern California Public Radio and current president and CEO of KPCC was the speaker.
  • In 2012, the meeting featured a panel discussion entitled “The Book Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Panelists included David Rips (book collector), Chic Goldsmid (bookseller), Richard Pollard (CSUF librarian), and Chuck Kissel (manager of the CSUF bookstore). In addition, the meeting included a tribute to Al Vogeler for his many years of outstanding service as a member of the Patrons of the Library.
  • In 2011, the featured speaker was Dr. Timothy Naftali, then Director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, who has authored a number of books. His lecture was entitled “Learning About Nixon Through The Archives.”
  • Gordon Van De Water who collects and writes about California and Western Americana spoke in June 2010. Dr. Martha Vogeler, a former Professor of English at CSUF was the featured speaker in 2009. She discussed her latest book, Austin Harrison and the English Review.
  • At the 2008 Patrons Annual Meeting, Dr. Rick Lozinsky, Professor in the Department of Natural Sciences at Fullerton College and author of The Fascinating World of Orange County Geology, spoke on that subject. The 2007 meeting featured a lecture and visual displays from the Boswell Map collection while at the 2006 meeting, Leon Leyson spoke of his experience as the youngest survivor on Schlindler’s List.

For more information, contact Joanne Gass at .

Book Discussion Group 

September 2017 to May 2018

Pollak Library Conference room, Library South 260C. The group meets the third Thursday of each month, 3:00-5:00 p.m. For information, contact Suzanne Serbin at .

Ongoing Book Sale 

Spring Semester 2018

Pollak Library South 199. The Book Sale Center is open two days per week during the Academic year as follows:

  • Tuesdays, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.

A wide variety of non-fiction, fiction, periodicals, records and tapes is available. For information, contact . Donations can be made at the Book Sale Center or by calling (657) 278-2182.

Patrons Lecture Series - Open to the Public

Saturday  April 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Pollak Library, room 130

Professor Gayle Brunelle: "Type Tarzan: Recruiting for the Extreme Right in Pre-War and Wartime France, 1935-1945"

Gayle Brunelle earned her M.A. and Ph.D in history from Emory University in Atlanta Georgia and is currently Profesor of History at California State University, Fullerton. Her first book, The New World Merchants of Rouen, 1555-1630 (1991) developed out of her research for her doctoral dissertation. Gayle is of French Québecois descent, and The New World Merchants of Rouen and her second book, Samuel de Champlain: Founder of a New France, are the result of her interest in the earliest French colonial ventures in the New World. Her third book, co-authored with Annette Finley-Croswhite, is Murder in the Metro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Caguole in 1930s France, and it examines the influence of Fascism in pre-World War II France--a true noir murder mystery. Gayle and Annette continue to pursue their love of "Paris-noir" with a sequel to Murder in the Metro in which they examine the two trials of the members of the Cagoule, in 1938 and 1948, as well as the exploits of the former members of the Cagoule in the Vichy regime.

Saturday  April 21, 2018, 2:00 p.m., Pollak Library, room 130

Professor Richard L. Hasen is Chancellor's Professor of Law and Political Science at UC Irvine. A nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, Professor Hasen was named one of the 100 most influential lawyers in America by The National Law Journal in 2013. His newest book The Justice of Contraditions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption will be published in 2018.

For information regarding the lecture, contact Howard Seller at