After a five minute delay to the start of the program, Public Services Librarian Kathleen Abromeit inches her way to the back of the conservatory library, then pauses. “Should we give it another five minutes,” she asks, looking around the room. She’s excited. After a two-year hiatus Abromeit will announce the library’s first Tiny Ref Desk Concert. The program’s return also serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.
Abromeit launched Oberlin’s rendition of the concerts in the fall of 2018. By December 2019, 10 guest performers, faculty, and students had taken the tiny concert stage, fulfilling what Abromeit had hoped: challenging the stereotypes of a library and bringing it to life. The last concert—given just before the height of the pandemic—was held in March 2020 by a group of women who performed suffrage songs as part of Oberlin’s Women's Leadership and Suffrage programming.
On March 1, after a small delay to allow for more guests to make their way to the conservatory library, Abromeit welcomed siblings Jake and Eliza Balmuth to the tiny stage. After the concert visitors were invited to a pop-up Women’s History Month exhibit in the Special Collections room. A woodwinds quintessence concert is scheduled for April 28. See more photos from the March concert on Oberlin's Flicker page.
Our tour continues with stops at Olympus, The Puppy Episode, a Festival of Ideas, Allen Mercy Hospital, and Dye Lecture Hall
This Week in Photos is a selection of images and is not meant to represent a weekly timeline. Images highlight campus, community, people, and events related to Oberlin College.
The campus was abuzz this past weekend as alumni, families, and students took part in the return of several Commencement/Reunion Weekend traditions that included a performance by OCircus!, senior conservatory students, and Illumination in Tappan Square.
Students in the Class of 2022 walk down a shaded pathway that joins a large tent nestled in a backyard on Forest Street. They will soon be welcomed by their host, President Carmen Twillie Ambar, into a spring day senior garden party.
It’s a warm day in Wilder Bowl and the Oberlin community is making the most of it. Some have chosen to spend the day with friends, study, or just have fun like these two handstanding students who also serve as inspiration for this week’s photo series