Green Team to be featured on Greenlife Pennsylvania


The library’s Green Team will be featured on Thursday’s episode  of Green Life Pennsylvania on WVIA. The library’s Green Team is dedicated to making the library a sustainable environment by supporting conservation and recycling in the building, collaborating with student, staff, and faculty on sustainability projects, and educating library users about sustainability and sustainable practices. We are honored that that our hard work and passion for sustainable living will be receiving attention on such an excellent program.

Greenlife Pennsylvania describes itself as taking “viewers to the conservation front; places where the problems and the science can be seen and heard with thought-provoking reality, and where individuals and organizations are fighting back with cutting-edge tactics and a can-do spirit. The series inspires through personal actions, paired with compelling journeys, diverse communities and landscapes of Pennsylvania. The viewer gains an appreciation, a visceral connection to conservation, and feels the call to take it personally. Each episode closes with tips and actions individuals can take.”

Please tune in to WVIA on Thursday, October 16th at 8PM. We hope you will catch all the future episodes as well by checking WVIA’s TV schedule.

Magicians of the Earth, A Legendary Exhibition in Paris and its Global Implications – Oct. 27

Join us on Monday 10/27 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Annie Cohen-Solal, Ph.D.

Cultural historian, Writer and Professor of American Studies at the Université de Caen

“Magicians of the Earth, A Legendary Exhibition in Paris and its Global Implications”

In 1989 the exhibition, Magicians of the Earth, was presented in Paris at three prestigious sites. With its massive size and unusual goal it initiated considerable debate in France and around the world — but in the end was seen as a landmark exhibition. A quarter of a century later Cohen-Solal assesses the value of the exhibition as an example of post-colonial Europe and a 21st century approach to understanding and appreciating ‘the other.”

Noon to 1:30pm, DeNaples Center, McIlhenny Ballroom, Room 407

RSVP Here or email

New Kits in EDLAB!

The Weinberg Memorial Library Media Resources Center has a collection of education kits designed to enhance the learning environment for students and teachers. The kits target ages from Kindergarten to the Sixth grade. Lesson plans meet Common Core State Standards. Each kit consists of manuals and workbooks for the entire classroom. Most importantly, kits include manipulatives (physical objects) to provide a “hands-on” experience.

The new materials (LT2400.M14 E9479 2012) will have the location EDLAB.  They can be checked out for five days.  The EDLAB is in the Media Resources Center on the third floor of the library.


Scranton Reads: Movie Night: The Pit and the Pendulum

Pit and pendMovie Poster

Photo courtesy of MGM.

Just in time for Halloween, Scranton Reads and the Weinberg Memorial Library present a free screening of Roger Corman’s suspenseful adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Pit and the Pendulum.

Vincent Price delivers a bone chilling performance as Nicholas Medina, the son of a member of the Spanish Inquisition, who is haunted by the mysterious death of his wife. Set in a moody Spanish castle this 1961 box office hit is full of betrayal and plot twists.

Join us on Friday October 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Kevin Norris will lead a discussion following the film.

This screening is being held in conjunction with the  Lackawanna County Library Scranton Reads event and is open to the public.

Contact for information.

Library Exhibit: “Through the Lens: A Compassionate Look Back at Our Future”

Through the Lens Library Digital Signage

Now through November 26, the Library’s fifth floor Heritage Room is hosting a traveling exhibit showcasing the social justice photography of Linda Panetta. The images and stories presented by Photojournalist Linda Panetta will take audiences on a moving journey, challenging their own reality of the world as they experience the joy, beauty, hope and sorrow of people affected by violence, sanctions, and misguided foreign policy.

Over the past 25 years, Panetta has traveled throughout Latin America and the Middle East using her firsthand knowledge and experiences in impoverished – war torn areas of the world, including Guatemala, Colombia, Nicaragua, (Chiapas) Mexico, El Salvador, Haití, Argentina, Chile, Perú, Uruguay, Ecuador, Panamá, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, to advocate for environmental, economic and social justice. In her work, she captures the daily realities of life of the people she advocates for with the goal of raising public awareness about world events and the cost of war and its “collateral damage”.

“When looking through the lens of a camera, you’re ever so present to the details of one’s face: the smirks, smiles and frowns; the wisdom and age that accompany the sun baked wrinkles, a depth of sorrow, joy, uncertainty,  curiosity and oneness in the eyes.” – Panetta

Panetta’s vivid photographs speak volumes and inspire others to act. Throughout the exhibit and talk (slide presentation), you will see and hear the prevailing sense of hope for a better tomorrow as inspired by the individuals in her photographs. Catch a glimpse of the world around you and its very soul in photojournalist’s Linda Panetta’s rousing stories and images.

Along with the exhibit held in the Heritage Room there are other events scheduled. Last Friday Ms. Panetta also hosted a First Friday Scranton event at the Connell Building where she exhibited a different set of photographs.

Tonight, October 6, Ms. Panetta will do a public presentation titled: Latin America Through the Lens: A Compassionate Look Back at Our Future. The lecture will be held at 7pm in theMcIlhenny Ballroom on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibit and lecture are made possible by a grant from The University of Scranton Office of Equity and Diversity, Diversity Initiatives and the generous support of the Latin American and Women’s Studies, the Weinberg Memorial Library, University Ministries, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Community Relations and the Office of Equity and Diversity

To view a collection of Panetta’s photography visit:

Contact Michael Knies 570-941-6341 for more information on the exhibit.

Contact Karl Kretsch 570- 941-4729 for more information on the lecture.

The World through Arab Eyes – Tuesday, 10/7

Blog ImageJoin us on Tuesday 10/7 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Shibley Telhami, Ph.D.

Professor, International Relations and Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace & Development, University of Maryland

“The World through Arab Eyes”

The talk will assess the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and how the region is being reshaped through analysis of Arab public opinion on issues ranging from how Arabs define themselves to their attitudes on social and political issues and the rest of the world.

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 5th floor

RSVP Here or email

The International Film Series Presents “Beauty and the Beast”


Photo courtesy of Societe Nouvelle.

Please join us on Tuesday October 21, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater in the DeNaples Center for a free presentation of Jean Cocteau’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Mr. Peter Tafuri will lead a discussion after the film.

If you’ve only seen the animated version of this fairy tale, come see Jean Cocteau’s 1946 French adaptation for a unique film experience. When Belle’s father is imprisoned by the Beast for picking a rose from the Beast’s garden, Belle bravely takes her father’s place and a magical adventure follows.

Beauty and the Beast is in French with English subtitles.

This event is open to faculty, staff, students and the public. Please email for more information.

Film series sponsored by a University of Scranton Diversity Initiative Grant through the Office of Equity and Diversity.



Adapters Now Available

Mini-Display-Port-To-HDMI-Adapter-2913-1We now have 3 different kinds of adapters/dongles at the circulation desk for MacBooks, iPads, and iPhones to plug your device into the HDMI cables at the large monitors in the Reilly Learning Commons. The adapters are Mini DisplayPort to HDMI, 30 pin to HDMI, and Lightning to HDMI. If your device requires a different adapter, please let us know and we will look at getting other options.

Tuesday, 9/30 – Japanese Internment: A Shameful Ghost that Still Haunts Us

Join us on Tuesday 9/30 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Morey M. Myers, Of Counsel
Myers, Brier & Kelly, LLP

“Japanese Internment: A Shameful Ghost that Still Haunts Us”

What caused us to intern 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps at the start of World War 2? Did racism and war hysteria inform the disastrous decision to impose this punishment on loyal American citizens? Can it happen again?

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 5th floor

RSVP Here or email