On Display: Multicultural Books & Movies

Please check out the new display on the first floor of the library. As part of this year’s National Library Week theme, Libraries Transform, there is a display of multicultural books that have been turned into films. Everything on display is owned by the library and will be available for circulation after April.

For even more fun, Multicultural Affairs is hosting an evening of dinner and discussion on Monday, April 10 from 5:30-7:00 in the Multicultural Center in DeNaples, room 205G. The topic is multicultural authors, how they are represented in the curricula, and ways that more multicultural authors can be integrated into courses. Go and check out these amazing authors, then check them out from Weinberg Memorial Library!

Multicultural Books & Movies on display:

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. Easton Press, 2000. PS3573.A425 C6 2000

The Color Purple. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Danny Glover. Warner Brothers, 2007. PN1997 .C64 2007 DVD

Originally published in 1982, The Color Purple won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. The book is written as a series of letters and tells the highly emotional story of a black girl in rural Georgia in the 1930’s. Separated from her sister and forced into marriage, Celie faces violence and neglect as she grows into adulthood. Multiple female characters face challenges that depict the bleak set of options available to black women at that time.

 Morrison, Toni. Beloved. Random House, 1987. PS3563.O8749 B4 1987

Beloved. Directed by Jonathon Demme. Performances by Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, and Thandie Newton. Harpo Productions, 1998. PN1997 .B45 DVD

Paul D. and Sethe, two former slaves from the same plantation find each other again after 18 years. Their bond stirs up vivid, upsetting memories of their time at “Sweet Home.” Paul D. moves in, creating a disturbance in the household and a strange girl arrives named Beloved. Beloved’s presence forces Sethe to address past decisions, even while trying to build a future for herself and her children as a free black woman.

 Dash, Julie. Daughters of the Dust. Plume, 1997. PS3554.A823 D3 1997

 Daughters of the Dust. Directed by Julie Dash. Performances by Cora Lee Day and Alva Rogers. Geechee Girls, 1991. STREAMING MEDIA

A black woman anthropologist from 1920s New York visits the Sea Islands off the coast of the Carolinas and discovers her roots. A look at the culture of the Gullah people, descendants of blacks who intermarried with Indians.

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club. Putnam, 1989. PS3570.A48 J6 1991

 The Joy Luck Club. Directed by Wayne Wang. Performances by Kieu Chin, Ming-Na Wen, and Tamlyn Tomita. Hollywood Pictures, 1993. PN1997 .J69 2002 DVD

Four mothers. Four daughters. Eight stories. The Joy Luck Club is four women in San Francisco who have played mah jong together on a weekly basis for forty some years. One of them, Suyuan, has died, and her daughter June is preparing to go to China. Auntie Lindo with daughter Waverly, Auntie Ying Ying with daughter Lena, and Auntie An Mei with daughter Rose are at the going away party. Born in China, the Joy Luck Club members came to America as young adults; their daughters are 100% American. The old days are seldom spoken about, and some things about those times have never been said aloud, but the experiences left behind color the hopes and expectations these women have for their daughters. If daughters become their mothers–no matter how much both parties desire that it not happen–daughters also become different from their mothers–despite all attempts to perpetuate the status quo.

 Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. Houghton Mifflin, 2003. PS3562.A316 N36 2003

 The Namesake. Directed by Mira Nair. Performances by Kal Penn, Irffan Khan, and Tabu. Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2006. PN1997 .N25 

The American-born son of Indian immigrants feels pulled between his ethnic heritage and his desire to assimilate, especially after becoming involved with two very different women.

 Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Grove Press, 1993. PS3551.L35774 L66 2005

 Smoke Signals. Directed by Chris Eyre. Performances by Adam Beach and Irene Bedard. Miramax Films, 1998. PN1997 .S568 

Book: A collection of short stories with the same two characters Victor Joseph and Thomas Builds-the-Fire who live on the Spokane Indian Reservation. The title refers to the 1930’s radio show and 1950’s television show with the white cowboy hero “The Lone Ranger” and his Native American sidekick “Tonto.” A recurring issue in the book is the way Native Americans view themselves, as well as the way others understand them from depictions in popular culture.

Movie: Depicts two young Native Americans, Victor and Thomas, who are opposites. Thomas is a nerd, while Victor is strong and sometimes confrontational. When Thomas is an infant he is saved from a fire that takes the lives of his parents. Victor’s father saves Thomas, but leaves his own family when Victor is just a baby. When his father dies, Victor needs Thomas’s help to retrieve the remains of his father. The two set off on a journey of personal growth and reliance on each other.

 Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. David Fickling Books, 2006. PZ7.B69677

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. Directed by Mark Herman. Performances by Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, and Rupert Friend. Miramax Films, 2008. PN1997.2 .B697 2011

Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called “Out-With” in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence.

 Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Riverhead Books, 2003. PS3608.O832 K58 2003

 The Kite Runner. Directed by Marc Forster. Performances by Khalid Abdalla, Zekeria Ebrahimi, and Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada. Dreamworks Pictures, 2008. PN1997 .K589

In a divided country on the verge of war, two childhood friends, Amir and Hassan, are about to be torn apart forever. It’s a glorious afternoon in Kabul and the skies are bursting with the exhilarating joy of a kite-fighting tournament. But in the aftermath of the day’s victory, one boy’s fearful act of betrayal will mark their lives forever and set in motion an epic quest for redemption. Now, after twenty years of living in America, Amir returns to a perilous Afghanistan under the Taliban’s iron-fisted rule to face the secrets that still haunt him and take one last daring chance to set things right.

 Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief. Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. PZ7.Z837 Boo 2007

The Book Thief. Directed by Brian Percival. Performances by Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush, and Emily Watson. Fox 2000 Pictures, 2013. PN1997.2 .B66 2014

Death narrates this highly emotional story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II, on the German homefront. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by a German couple, her adoptive father encourages her to learn to read. Ultimately, the power of words helps Liesel and Max, a Jew hiding in the family’s home.

Celebrate National Library Week 2017

All it takes is one book and your life is changed forever. This year’s theme for National Library Week (April 9-15) is Libraries Transform.

National Library Week began in 1958 and is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA). Every April, libraries across the country celebrate accomplishments and get the whole library community involved. At the Weinberg Memorial Library, we strive to follow our Jesuit Mission to support students and community patrons every day. Libraries do transform a community and a book can transform each patron.

So many books have influenced me in my lifetime, but the two books that have absolutely changed my life are The Bible (7th grade) and the Harry Potter Series (sophomore year of college). They have most definitely transformed the way I view the world. The Weinberg Memorial Library staff wants to know, which titles transformed your worldview? In the space below, please take a moment and respond with your favorite transformative book!

18th Century Liturgical Books

A selection of rare materials from McHugh Special Collections is currently on view in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. This week we are highlighting three 18th century liturgical books (2 breviaries and a missal) from the exhibit “From Medieval to Modern”. These books are special for their ecclesiastical coats of arms and elaborate decorated bindings.

The first is the Diurnale Ebroicense (1740) by Pierre Jules César de Rochechouart (1698-1781), a French ecclesiastical man who served as Bishop of Evreux and then as Bishop of Bayeux. A Diurnale is a condensed version of a breviary, and in this case, the summer volume Pars Aestiva, from Pentecost though the 15th Sunday after Pentecost. However, this volume also contains sections for the autumn.  The Diurnale Ebroicense is based on the rites practiced in Ebroicense, also known as Évreux, a diocese in northern France. This red leather binding features the coat of arms of an unidentified ecclesiastical, possibly a Bishop.

The next is the Breviarium Romanum (1740), which is a very elaborately decorated breviary that features repeating floral designs on red leather, gilt edges, and the arms of an unidentified ecclesiastical, possibly a Bishop. Finally, there is the Canon Missae. Canon Missae is the name used in the Roman Missal for the fundamental part of the Mass that comes after the Offertory and before the Communion. This impressive volume was printed at the Vatican in 1784. The engraving of the Last Supper was engraved by Carolus Grandi after an original by Joseph Passarus. The ornate gold-tooled binding features rather large floral tools that would have required significant strength to impress into the leather. It also features the arms of an unidentified ecclesiastical, possibly a Bishop.

Cover: Rochechouart, Pierre J. C. Diurnale Ebroicense, 1740

Cover: Catholic Church. Breviarium Romanum, 1740.

Cover: Catholic Church. Canon Missae, 1784.










To read more about the Weinberg Library’s Rare Book Collection visit our collection page here. “From Medieval to Modern” will be on display during normal library hours through Tuesday, April 25. On Tuesday, April 11th, Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies will discuss the exhibit at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Library. A reception will immediately follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please email michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570- 941-6341.

Spotlight on Student Worker Donovan Sarango

Donovan Sarango, an Exercise Science major from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, has only been working in Media Resources for a few months, and our single regret is that he didn’t start sooner.  His friendliness and enthusiasm are appreciated by our patrons and staff.

Donovan has a variety of activities and hobbies. He’s a member of Ultimate Frisbee (aka Electric City Scranton Ultimate), which is a competitive club that participates in tournaments in and around Pennsylvania. He also plays Intramural Soccer on the Flying Tunas team and volunteers at the Jewish Community Center as a personal trainer. Creative writing and listening to “real” hip-hop are some of Donovan’s other hobbies.

His favorite professor is Dr. Michael Landram and his favorite class is “Essentials to Exercise Strength and Conditioning”. His favorite book is The Great Gatsby and his favorite movie is Deadpool. People may be surprised to learn that Donovan can talk about movies, hip-hop or comic books for hours!

The things Donovan most likes about the library are the friendly environment, the variety of available resources and the quiet atmosphere. His advice about the library to other students is to take advantage of all the resources, especially the films in Media Resources.

After graduation in May, Donovan would like to work as a strength and conditioning coach for aspiring athletes.

Thank you Donovan. We appreciate your good work and wish you the best in the future!

Spotlight on Student Worker Christine Jerome

Shortly after her arrival at The University of Scranton in late summer 2013, Christine Jerome of Union, New Jersey made her way to the Weinberg Memorial Library seeking a Work Study position.  After spending all four years of high school volunteering as the librarian’s assistant, she was anxious to work in a setting where she felt at home and familiar with the job.  It’s hard to believe that now she’s been with us for almost four years.

Chris is a Biology major who minors in French.  In addition to speaking French, she can speak some Creole too.  She is an active member of the United Color Organization (UCO), the Asia Club, the Fencing Club and the Liva Arts Company.  Of course she enjoys reading – her favorite genres are history, fantasy and mysteries.  A few other pastimes she enjoys are art, music, fitness & health and baking.

At the Circulation Desk, Chris enjoys interacting with the patrons and has gained great customer service skills.  She is a pleasant co-worker who is always willing to learn something new and help out wherever needed.  She often advises other students to take advantage of the Palci EZBorrow  & Interlibrary Loan services.  Note:  her green thumb is responsible for the thriving plants all over the library.  They will miss her too!

After graduation, Chris’s career goal is to work in the healthcare field.  She would particularly like to provide healthcare to medically underserved areas, domestic or international.  We wish her all the best.

Thank you Chris!

From Medieval to Modern: The Book of Hours

A selection of rare materials from McHugh Special Collections is currently on view in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. This week we are highlighting the Book of Hours from the exhibit “From Medieval to Modern”.

The Book of Hours was a Christian devotional book that became popular in northern Europe during the 14th century and has been called the Medieval best seller as many educated men and women owned them. The Book of Hours was a distillation, for laypeople, of the series of prayers said by priests, monks, nuns, etc. during the course of the day divided into sections from morning through the night. Although containing a similar collection of texts, prayers, and psalms, there is a high variation in quality depending on the budget of the purchaser. As result, each manuscript was unique with its illumination and binding. Most examples are small books with little illumination, often restricted to decorated capital letters at the start of psalms and prayers. However, the books made for the wealthy can be extremely lavish and heavily illuminated with full-page decorations and have extravagantly decorated bindings.

On display in the Heritage Room are several examples of the Book of Hours from Special Collections: two medieval leafs, a simple book, and a fine art facsimile. The first leaf is from a fine Book of Hours with inhabited borders (ca. 1440). The second leaf is from an undistinguished Book of Hours (ca. 1450-75), but has significance because it records information in French on the Dumesnil family from Loire.

Leaf from a fine Book of Hours with inhabited borders, France, ca. 1440.

Book of Hours, French Flanders, Circa 1450-75.













There is a Book of Hours (1685) bound in a simple blind ruled black Morocco. This binding has an unfortunately added shelfmark in addition to damaging adhesive tape. Finally, there is a fine art facsimile of a miniature, illuminated Book of Hours from the Vatican Library in brown leather with raised bands and gilt decoration.

Officium Beatæ Mariæ Virginis, Nuper Reformatum … Cum Indulgentius & Orationibus A Pio V. Ordinatis, & Hymnis Ab Vrbano Viii. Correctis. Accedunt Psalmi Vesperarum & Completorij, Etc. Antuerpiæ: ex Officina Plantiniana, 1685.

Fine Art Facsimile: Thomas, Marcel. Livre D’heures Vat. Ross. 94: Fin Du Xvème Siècle. Fribourg: Éditions d’art Ebory, 1984.











To read more about the Weinberg Library’s Rare Book Collection visit our collection page here. “From Medieval to Modern” will be on display during normal library hours through Tuesday, April 25. On Tuesday, April 11th, Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies will discuss the exhibit at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Library. A reception will immediately follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please email michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570- 941-6341.


Student Spotlight on Kate Reilly

Kate Reilly, a senior from Wayne, Pennsylvania, has been an asset to the Weinberg Library’s Digital Services department for the past three years.  She has always been dependable, and has accomplished many projects with eagerness and skill.

She will graduate in May with a double major in History and Philosophy, with the hope of using this knowledge towards doing advocacy work for women in the future.  On campus, Kate has served as secretary for the Philosophy Society and has also been a volunteer at the Leahy Clinic.  Her hobbies include reading, painting and baking.

Through her work in Digital Services, she has enjoyed learning about the University’s history, and would urge her fellow students to take advantage of all the incredible resources that are offered on campus – especially the library’s online collections and databases.

As an interesting side note, Kate has a twin sister who also goes to the University of Scranton.

We are grateful to Kate for all the time and valuable, hard work she has given to the Weinberg Library, and we congratulate her on her upcoming graduation!

Fine Art Facsimiles: The Book of Kells and The Lindisfarne Gospels

A selection of rare materials from McHugh Special Collections is currently on view in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. This week we are highlighting two fine art facsimiles from the exhibit “From Medieval to Modern”: The Book of Kells and The Lindisfarne Gospels.

In 1997, Special Collections acquired a fine art facsimile of the Book of Kells, donated by the estate of Charles J. Buckley, a dean emeritus who served the University in a variety of academic and administrative positions for 46 years.

Folio 34r contains the Chi Rho monogram, which serves as the incipit for the narrative of the life of Christ. Chi and rho are the first two letters of the word Christ in Greek.

The original Book of Kells is believed to have been created around 800AD on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland. Since the 17th century, it has been stored in the Library of Trinity College in Dublin. It is one of the world’s most famous illuminated manuscripts and is considered one of the greatest artistic productions of the Medieval period. The Book of Kells is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and represents the pinnacle of Insular illumination. It is also widely regarded as Ireland’s finest national treasure. The illustrations and ornamentation of the Book of Kells surpass that of other Insular Gospel books in extravagance and complexity. The decoration combines traditional Christian iconography with the ornate swirling motifs typical of Insular art. Figures of humans, animals and mythical beasts, together with Celtic knots and interlacing patterns in vibrant colors, enliven the manuscript’s pages. Many of these minor decorative elements are imbued with Christian symbolism and so further emphasize the themes of the major illustrations.

Only 1,480 copies of the facsimile of the Book of Kells were produced by the Fine Art Facsimile Publishers of Switzerland. The facsimile is owned by some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States, including New York’s Morgan Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The facsimile edition took 10 years to produce and is considered to be indistinguishable from the original under museum viewing conditions. This accuracy extends to duplicating any damage and holes that appear in the original. The pages of the facsimile are identical in size and shape to the original manuscript pages. Of most importance to the viewer, however, is the impeccable color reproduction of the photographs. A special photographic book cradle was manufactured to hold the original safely. Kodak Ektachrome color transparencies were color corrected electronically, then passed to a lithographer who made additional color corrections by hand using as many as 10 printing inks per page. As the lithographer perfected the color balance, examples of the pages were compared with the original to fine-tune the color. After the pages were duplicated, they were sewn into gatherings hand-bound in a white skin, a book construction similar to the original.

On display in the Heritage Room: Folio 129v, the Evangelist symbols for the Gospel of Mark.

On display in the Heritage room: Folio 130r, the celebratory opening of the Gospel of Mark.













The Weinberg Memorial Library Special Collections recently received an extraordinary gift in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Library. Dr. Midori Yamanouchi, Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Board Member, provided funding for the acquisition of a fine art facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels. The original Lindisfarne Gospels is at the British Library in London and it is one of the most important and one of the best-preserved early medieval manuscripts.

The Lindisfarne Gospels is an Illuminated manuscript gospel book created approximately 715-720 AD in a monastery at Lindisfarne off the coast of England. It is considered one of the best early versions of St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate. The Lindisfarne Gospels also includes an interlinear Old English translation of the Gospels. This word-for-word English gloss was added to the Gospels around 950-970 AD.  It is the oldest known translation of the Gospels into English.

The fine art facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels was produced in 2002 by Faksimile Verlag of Luzern Switzerland, a company that specializes in the highest quality reproductions of liturgical medieval manuscripts. The facsimile was produced in cooperation with the British Library using state of the art digital photographic technology.

On display in the Heritage Room: Folio 138v, the Carpet Page of the Gospel of Saint Luke.

On display in the Heritage Room: Folio 139r, the opening of the Gospel of Saint Luke.













To read more about the Weinberg Library’s Rare Book Collection visit our collection page here. “From Medieval to Modern” will be on display during normal library hours through Tuesday, April 25. On Tuesday, April 11th, Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies will discuss the exhibit at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Library. A reception will immediately follow the talk. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, please email michael.knies@scranton.edu or call 570- 941-6341.

Student Spotlight on Nazia Nowshin

Nazia Nowshin of Moosic, Pennsylvania began working in Media Resources/EdLab in June of 2014. The Library would like to recognize her dedication and hard work as her graduation approaches.

Nazia is resourceful, friendly and has a positive attitude. Since she lives locally, she has been able to work year-round and has helped with numerous projects. She’s also witnessed the expansion of the streaming media databases. Nazia enjoys working in the library because it’s a peaceful place and a great environment for a work-study student. Her advice to other students is to use all the resources available. The library has countless books and DVDs as well as streaming media and print databases that can help students with their classes or research.

Nazia is a Biochemistry major whose favorite class is Microbiology taught by Dr. Sulzinski. Her favorite books and movies are the Harry Potter series and her hobbies include hiking and reading. Along with taking classes and working in Media, Nazia is a Microbiology Teaching Assistant, a member of the Health Professions Organization and a volunteer at the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Center Clinic for the Uninsured. A fun fact about Nazia is that she’s quadrilingual! She speaks Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English. Her plans for the future include earning a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences or Microbiology and attending medical school.

Thank you Nazia for your hard work and enthusiasm.  Your future is bright and we wish you all the best!