Zaner Exhibit Reception Tonight!

The reception for the exhibit, “The World’s Best Penman: The Artistic and Business Career of Charles Paxton Zaner, 1864-1918,” will be held tonight in the Library’s 5th Floor Heritage Room, from 6-8 p.m. Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian, will give a lecture titled “Charles Paxton Zaner and the Penmanship Profession.” The event, which is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, is free and open to the public. Don’t miss it!

Michael Knies was interviewed about the exhibit by WVIA’s Erika Funke, which can be accessed below. For more information, please contact archives@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

Exhibit Reception Wednesday Night!

Wednesday evening, October 24, from 6-8 p.m., the Library will host a reception for the exhibit “The World’s Best Penman: The Artistic and Business Career of Charles Paxton Zaner, 1864-1918,” in the 5th Floor Heritage Room. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, this event is free and open to the public. Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian, will give a lecture titled “Charles Paxton Zaner and the Penmanship Profession.”

The exhibit will be on display through December 14 during normal library hours. For more information, please email archives@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

Reserve Your Seat for the 2018 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award, Honoring Lorene Cary

 

Philadelphia native and acclaimed writer Lorene Cary will receive the 2018 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award from The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.

Professor Cary’s books are well known for their thoughtful and intelligent examination of the African-American experience, beginning with her best-selling memoir, “Black Ice,” an American Library Association Book for 1991 that continues to be taught in high schools and colleges today. Her 2011 novel, “If Sons, Then Heirs,” is a contemporary love story that also explores the corrosive racial history that haunts its main characters. The book was called “an absorbing and moving tale” by Publishers Weekly and “a powerful take on family, history” by The Philadelphia Tribune.

Cary’s other books include: “The Price of a Child,” a 1995 novel chosen as the first One Book, One Philadelphia selection; “Pride,” a contemporary novel; and “FREE! Great Escapes on the Underground Railroad,” a collection of true-life stories for young readers. Meanwhile, Cary’s essays have appeared in publications like Newsweek, Time, Essence and O Magazine.

In 1998, Cary founded Art Sanctuary to create unique programs for African-American artists, performers and writers in Philadelphia. The programs have drawn up to 1,500 participants a year. In addition, she served on Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission from October 2011 to January 2013.

A longtime senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Cary received the prestigious Philadelphia Award in 2003. She is also the recipient of six honorary doctorates.

Named in honor of the late Rev. Royden B. Davis, S.J., who served in many roles at the University and as rector of the Jesuit Community, the Distinguished Author Award was established in 1997. The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library envisioned the series as a way to honor notable fiction and non-fiction authors, and to give them the opportunity to share their literary pursuits and impressions with Northeastern Pennsylvanians. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund, which supports special gifts for the Weinberg Library collections and services.

For additional information or to make a reservation, call 570.941.7816 or visit scranton.edu/authaward .

 

Exhibit Featuring Penman C.P. Zaner Now On Display

The Heritage Room is featuring an exhibit on the career of Charles Paxton Zaner, penman extraordinaire and founder of the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Company. The Weinberg Memorial Library has been the home of the Zaner-Bloser Collection since 2010, and the collection has been used in a number of exhibits. Zaner-Bloser, which is still in business, has been a leading publisher of penmanship instruction materials since 1888. However, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of C.P. Zaner’s tragic death in an automobile collision with a train at the age of 54. Consequently, the exhibit will focus on Zaner’s career and feature calligraphic alphabets, flourished birds, other artistic work and penmanship exercises. But Zaner was more than a penman. He was a businessman, a publisher, an essayist, and author of penmanship manuals. The exhibit will also display manuscript copies of his essays, copies of manuals he authored, accompanied at times by the original penwork and printing blocks, and material from the company he created.

The exhibit, titled “The World’s Best Penman: The Artistic and Business Career of Charles Paxton Zaner, 1864-1918,” will be on display until December 14 during normal library hours. There will be a reception and lecture, by Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies, on Zaner’s career and the profession of penmanship during his lifetime on Wednesday, October 24, at 6 PM in the Heritage Room. The reception is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.

Leaves of Class XX – July Winners!

JULY ~ Congratulations to Stephen & Teresa Andrichak of Sterling, who won the following prizes:

Extravaganza: Mount Airy Casino Resort: An overnight stay in a luxurious and elegant deluxe king suite, 2 entertainment tickets to any show of choice, a couples massage, and $200 food credit.

Culinary Delights: Gertrude Hawk Chocolates: $25 gift card.

Tres Chic: Pop It! Jackets & Accessories: $25 gift certificate.

Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have FIVE more chances to win!

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XX – June Winners!

June ~ Congratulations (again) to Joe & Mary Barrett of Dunmore, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment: Anthracite Heritage Museum: 4 museum tickets & 2 books on the anthracite coal industry; Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library: 2 tickets to the Distinguished Author Award dinner; Kalahari Resorts and Conventions: $100 gift card; Ritz Company Playhouse: 6 tickets for 2018 season of Ritz Company Players productions; Wildflower Music Festival: 6 flex tics; Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival: 2 tickets to the 2018 festival.

Culinary Delights: Nana’s Pasta House: $25 gift certificate; Tasty Freeze Ice Cream: $25 gift certificate for individual treats; Zummo’s Café: $25 gift card.

Tres Chic: N.B. Levy’s Jewelers: $50 gift certificate.

WellnessAlexander’s Spa & Salon: $100 gift card; Spunk Fitness: one 3-month membership, 1-free bring a friend week card, one $10 Synergy cash for use at Salon or Spa.

And More!: Basket of Cheer ($250 value; courtesy of Ann Moskovitz); Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards: large peach jar candle; $10 Starbucks gift card and bottle of wine (courtesy of Charles Kratz);

If these names look familiar, it’s because they are! In the 20-year history of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Leaves of Class raffle program — a total of 234 monthly drawings through the middle of this year — no winner’s name has ever been drawn in consecutive months. Until now.

Joe and Mary Barrett of Dunmore are the lucky couple whose winning ticket was randomly selected in May of this year — and again in June!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have SIX more chances to win!

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XX – May Winners!

MAY~ Congratulations to Joe & Mary Barrett of Dunmore, who won the following prizes:

EntertainmentRustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar@Mohegan Sun Pocono: 2 tickets to the live cooking show “In the Kitchen” with Chef Kim McLendon; Cinemark ($20 gift card).

Culinary DelightsArcaro & Genell Restaurant & Catering Services ($25 gift certificate); Manning Farm Dairy ($25 gift certificate); Nana’s Pasta House ($25 gift certificate); Ragnacci’s Family Restaurant ($25 gift certificate); Revello’s Pizza ($25 gift card); Russell’s Restaurant ($40 gift certificate); Sanderson St. Tavern ($25 gift certificate); Tiffany’s Tap & Grill ($25 gift certificate).

Tres ChicLenora’s: pink leather tulip shaped crossbody bag and grey and pink designer scarf; Lillian Pulitzer cooler with Elk Mountain wine glasses; Nann Blaine Hilyard: one-of-a-kind, handmade quilt.

Wellness: Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton: $75 gift certificate; Mulberry Bush: $25 gift certificate.

And More!: Hudson General Store: “Summer Afternoon” framed art print; 6 bottles of Nimble Hill wine (courtesy of The Weinberg Memorial Library).

Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have SEVEN more chances to win!

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XX – March & April Winners!

MARCH ~ Congratulations to Walter Wujcik of West Chester, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment: Actors Circle: 2 tickets for 2017-2018 season of shows; Ritz Company Playhouse: 12 tickets for 2018 season of Ritz Company Players productions.

Culinary Delights: Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Domino’s: 1 gift certificate for 1 large pizza with 1 topping; Downtown Victoria’s Gourmet Cuisine ($25 gift certificate).

Wellness: Clear Image Optical: one free eye exam & one $50 off regular or sunglasses gift certificate; Greater Scranton YMCA: 3-month family membership; Medicus Express Care: 351 piece first aid kit; Mission Yoga: 5 class pass card; The Wright Center for Primary Care Mid-Valley: one wellness/preventative health exam and one dental hygiene exam and teeth cleaning.

And More!: Spring Wreath (courtesy of Jerry’s For All Seasons); $50 Amazon gift card (courtesy of Charlene Reese); bottle of wine and Perilogics cell phone holder (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

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APRIL ~ Congratulations to Faye Bishop of Scranton, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment: The Dietrich Theater: 1 movie gift bag; Electric City Trolley Station & Museum: 4 admissions to the trolley excursion & museum; Montage Mountain Resorts: 4 waterpark admission tickets.

Culinary Delights: Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Gold Crown Pizza ($25 gift certificate); Krispy Kreme Gift Bucket (dozen donuts gift certificate, mugs, treats, etc.); The New Café at Greystone Gardens ($20 gift card); POSH@The Scranton Club ($25 gift card); TGI Fridays ($25 gift card) courtesy of Metz Culinary Management.

Tres Chic: Nada & Co. Scranton ($50 gift certificate); handmade crocheted bag (courtesy of Patti Davis).

Wellness: Spunk Fitness: one 3-month membership, 1-free bring a friend week card, one $10 Synergy cash for use at Salon or Spa; Total Hair Solutions: $50 gift certificate towards manicure & pedicure.

And More!: Lackawanna Heritage Valley basket of gifts: DVD, trail guide, cap, mug and more; 3-bottle pack of White Birch Vineyard wine (courtesy of William Varady); GoPro Hero3+ Silver 10mp camera with rechargeable batteries & dual battery charger.

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Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have EIGHT more chances to win!

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Exhibit Reception Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow night, March 27, at 6 p.m. the Library will host a reception for the exhibit “Distinguished for Their Talents,” Theatrical Portraits by Scranton Master Penman P. W. Costello, 1905-1930, in the 5th floor Heritage Room. Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, this event is free and open to the public. P. W. Costello’s great-grandson, Thomas W. Costello, will discuss Costello’s career, and University of Scranton professor Michael Friedman, Ph.D., will speak on Shakespearean performance at the turn of the 20th century.

Last week, WVIA’s ArtScene with Erika Funke featured an interview with Thomas W. Costello and Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies about the exhibition.  A recording of their discussion can be found on WVIA’s website: wvia.org/radio/local/artscene/

The exhibit will be on display through April 23 during normal library hours. For more information, please email archives@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.

Leaves of Class XX – February Winner!

FEBRUARY ~ Congratulations to Mary Palmira Marek of Scranton, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle:  2 tickets for 2017-2018 season of shows; Broadway Theatre League of NEPA:  2 tickets to the opening night of Kinky Boots (Mar. 16);  Scranton Cultural Center:  1 voucher for up to 4 complimentary tickets to a membership season of shows presented and produced exclusively by the Scranton Cultural Center; Ritz Company Playhouse:  6 tickets for 2018 season of Ritz Company Players productions.

Culinary Delights:  Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Domino’s:  1 gift certificate for 1 large pizza with 1 topping; Cuppa Cake Café ($20 gift card); Lynn Sandy’s Bakery ($25 gift certificate).

Tres Chic: Pen set (courtesy of Charles Kratz); handknitted cashmere shawl (courtesy of Bonnie Strohl).

Wellness: LAVISH special beauty basket; Golf Gift Bag with 4 boxes of golf balls and Bushnell GPS Rangefinder watch (courtesy of Glenmaura National Golf Club); Lakeland Golf Club ($50 gift certificate for golf & carts); Pro Fitness Club:  gift basket with 3-month (New Adult) membership including 2 personal training sessions and more.

And More!:  Wine gift pail (courtesy of Franklin Hill Vineyards).

Didn’t win this month? That’s ok, because you still have TEN more chances to win!

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!