Fundraiser for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment

Cask for a Cause: Benefiting the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment, Weinberg Memorial Library

Join us on November 30, 2018 for Cooper’s Cask for a Cause benefiting the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment. A special firkin (small cask of beer) will be tapped and proceeds from each pint sold will be donated to the research prize endowment!

Admission is free! Must be 21 to enjoy the firkin.

  • Where: Cooper’s Seafood, 701 N. Washington Ave, Scranton, PA
  • When: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5:00-8:00 pm
  • What: $1 from each pint from the firkin will be donated to the Endowment.

What is a firkin ale? A firkin is a small keg, holds about 10 gallons or so of cask-conditioned, 50°F beer. Cooper’s sources their firkins from breweries in their backyard to breweries across the country! The cask is always a special, one-of-a kind beer connoisseur’s treat. It is available only until it runs dry, which could be just hours (or less) after it’s tapped.

Can’t make it, or not into beer? Give directly to the Endowment Fund at this link and ensure the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize will be awarded in perpetuity!


Apply Now for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize!

Are you working on a research project this semester? Did you use the library’s resources, services, collections, or spaces in order to complete your research? Then the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize is for you!

The Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge in the methods of research and the information gathering process and use of library resources, tools, and services.

Three prizes of $500.00 each will be awarded to the winning individual student and/or group in the following categories: Undergraduate Foundational (100-level courses), Undergraduate Upper-level (200- to 400-level courses), and Graduate. If won by a group, the award will be split equally among the group members. All you need to do is write a 500- to 700-word essay describing your research process and how you used the library in completing the project. Click here for some tips on how to craft the best 500- to 700-word essay you can about your research. 

The application deadline for projects completed during Summer or Fall 2018 is Monday, December 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm. There will be another deadline for Spring 2019 research projects. Winners will be announced at the end of the Spring 2019 semester.

A statement of faculty support from the instructor who assigned the research project is also required for each submission.

For additional information on how to apply, what to include in a completed application, and to access the application, visit the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize page:

Interactive Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas Database Allows Students to Explore the Human Body Up Close

One of the newest databases that the Weinberg Memorial Library has added—the Visible Human Body Atlas—is an interactive database published by Wolters Kluwer. The database contains interactive anatomy and physiology learning and visualization content that includes 3D models, illustrations, and even animations. This database can be accessed from the A-Z list of databases, and from the Biology, Exercise Science & Sport, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Stream Media databases by subject guides.

In this database, students can explore the human body up close by looking at different body systems and regions of the body. Users of this resource can rotate the body, zoom into an area, and read explanations about different parts of the body and body functions. In addition to providing 3D models, illustrations, animations, and images of the human body, this interactive resource even includes encyclopedic anatomy reference content that provides information on every bone, muscle, and organ in the human body. If you are looking to learn more about the human body and its complexities, then look no further. This database is the place to start as it has the entire body mapped out in a way that will allow students to travel inside the human body to learn through interaction and simulation that this learning tool provides.

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 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 or call 570-941-6341.

Leaves of Class XX – August & September Winners!

Congratulations to Fiona Powell of Lewisburg, our AUGUST winner, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment: Roba Family Farms: 4 admission tickets; The Schemel Forum: 1 annual couple membership; The University of Scranton Players: 2 theatre subscriptions.

Culinary Delights: Wegmans: $100 gift card.

Wellness: Total Hair Solutions: $50 gift certificate for hair services.

And More!: $250 Cash (courtesy of Charles Kratz); Fidelity Bank: Coleman Roadtrip Grill; The University of Scranton, University Advancement: Basket of University Swag including: travel mug, notebook, frame, t-shirt, sunglasses and more.


Congratulations to Pauline Lutostanski of Reading, our SEPTEMBER winner, who won these fantastic prizes:

Entertainment: AAA Travel Agency: 2 tickets to the Radio City “Christmas Spectacular” including motorcoach; Ballet Theatre of Scranton: 4 reserved tickets to a performance of The Nutcracker at Marywood University (Dec. 26, 27, 28); two $25 Regal Theater gift cards (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

Culinary Delights: Bar Pazzo ($30 gift card); Café Classico ($25 gift certificate); Carmen’s 2.0 at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel (Sunday brunch for 2); City Market & Café ($25 gift card); Cooper’s Seafood House ($25 gift certificate); DOMA Importing Company ($25 gift certificate); Gerrity’s ($25 gift card); Gertrude Hawk Chocolates ($25 gift card); Great Temptations ($25 gift certificate); Java City (Coffee Gift Basket); Mansour’s Market ($25 gift card); P.J. Scanlan’s ($25 gift certificate); Revello’s Pizza ($25 gift card); Sanderson St. Tavern ($25 gift certificate); Metz Culinary Management: Lucky’s Sporthouse Kitchen & Cocktails – $25 gift card; TGI Fridays – $25 gift card; and Ruth’s Chris Steak House – $25 gift card.

Wellness: Scranton Running Co.: $25 gift card; Tim Wagner’s Sports Corner, Inc.: $25 gift certificate.

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

To purchase entries online, visit: To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko –, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Quiet Study 24/7

Last year, students said they weren’t aware of the 24/7 Quiet Study Rooms on the 2nd floor. The rooms are numbered 218 & 218B and are located at the back of the floor near the back staircase. These rooms are set up for students studying individually who need quiet to work, especially after hours. There were upgrades to the rooms over the summer. If you are looking for quiet study space, especially when the library isn’t staffed, give it a try. For the next week or two there will be a place in each room to leave comments/further suggestions.