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Workshop at Weber Center Walks Participants through Process of Writing a Memoir

May 18, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – Writing a memoir is not a process reserved for movie stars and politicians. Writing a memoir enhances our lives by helping us to understand more deeply the life and interactions we’ve lived and, in the process, brings healing and inner peace.

Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, a certified Amherst Writers and Artists leader, will lead participants in a two-session series designed to help them begin the process of writing their memoirs. The sessions will be held from 10:00 a.m. to noon Saturdays June 2 and June 9, 2018.

The cost is $40 and registration is required. To register, visit www.webercenter.org and click on “programs.” Registrations may also be made by contacting Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or webercenter@adriandominicans.org.

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.


St. Catherine of Siena Librarian to Become Involved in National Library Services

May 17, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – Dennis Hillers, Library Administrator, spends much of his time in the St. Catherine of Siena Library in Madden Hall, on the Adrian Dominican Sisters campus, cataloguing books, developing the collection, and helping Sisters, Associates, and Co-workers find the books and other resources they need. Soon, however, he will expand his focus to the national library scene. He was chosen as Leadership Development Intern for the American Library Association’s Association for Library Cataloguing and Technical Services (ALCTS).

Dennis, an early career librarian, responded to a call for volunteers for the ALCTS and was recently named the intern for the organization’s Leadership Development Committee. His term as intern will begin at the ALCTS conference in New Orleans, June 21-26, 2018. After the conference in Cleveland next June he will be eligible to serve on the committee for three years.

“It’s a very big thing, because a lot of people in my profession never get the opportunity to serve [at the national level],” Dennis explained. “They work in small public libraries and don’t have a view of the national scene at all. It’s a privilege to serve on that committee. Being on the Leadership Development Committee of my section of the field is really exciting and ... helps me to be part of the decision-making in my profession.”

Dennis’ interest in library work began in high school, when he visited a special collections library at the University of Kansas. There, he was assigned a graduate student to mentor him into how to use a special collections library. At the same time, Dennis developed a passion for Medieval manuscripts after a teacher gave him a calligraphy pen and he developed his skill in that art.

He regained his interest in library science 11 years ago when he met his wife. “She was a mid-career librarian working in collection development, and I liked her job,” he said. He finished his bachelor’s degree in history at Saginaw Valley State University and went on to earn a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Dennis has served at the St. Catherine of Siena Library since July 2015. He describes the library as “intimate, with a particular focus on its collection,” largely limited to books, CDs, and other resources related to theology and philosophy. The collection also includes works on the Dominican family and Dominican saints, as well as spirituality and a limited number of works of fiction. “This library is more a professional reference than like a public library, where everybody can come and read.” 

Once a week, Dennis brings a selection of the library’s collection to Sisters living at the Dominican Life Center on the Motherhouse campus, giving them access to books, CDs, and other materials. 

Dennis noted that most visitors to the St. Catherine of Siena Library see only the books and other physical materials. “What you don’t see is my working back where all those labels and catalogues happen,” he said. “If you walk into any library, the books are only a small part of any equation because a lot of the resources you can get at a library are electronic.” 



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