Melisa Gallo of Scranton, PA began her studies here in the Fall of 2012. One of her good friends, who also worked in the library, referred her to a job in Circulation Services at the end of her freshman year. She began working at the start of the Fall 2013 semester and she’s been with us ever since.
Melisa studies Psychology and hopes to become a clinical psychologist. Dr. Orr, Dr. Karpiak and Dr. Norcross are her favorite professors. She especially enjoys her Abnormal Psychology class as well as her Field Experience in clinical settings. She is treasurer of the Psychology Club on campus. She is also an active member of the Association for Psychological Sciences Caucus (APSSC), the Scranton Neuroscience Society, the Asia Club and Autism speaks U: The University of Scranton.
When she’s not studying or working, Melisa enjoys reading and watching movies. That’s why she feels like she belongs working in the library where she’s comfortable and enjoys the atmosphere. It’s exciting for her to see all of the new books firsthand and the Media department has many of her favorite movies to watch. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Her favorite movie is Beauty and the Beast. Another interesting hobby of hers is playing the alto saxophone.
Her advice to other students is to take advantage of all the library has to offer. Explore the Library’s collection and remember Interlibrary loan services when you can’t find what you need here!
Melisa is proud of her French-Canadian heritage and enjoys traveling to Canada to visit family. She also had a remarkable trip to Ireland that she will never forget.
Thank you Melisa! We hope you continue to go places!
Do you have a little sister or brother? One that was really wild and drove you crazy? That’s the story of Beezus and Ramona, two of the best remembered characters of world-famous children’s author Beverly Cleary. On April 12th, this amazing writer turned 100 and I couldn’t be more excited.
In fourth grade, my teacher read aloud The Mouse and the Motorcycle featuring Ralph S. Mouse who steals a toy motorcycle and has miniature adventures. I never read the Henry Huggins books about a boy and his beloved dog Ribsy, but I loved Ramona Quimby.
I didn’t have a big sister, I was the oldest, but Ramona’s adventures and love for her family were a lot like my brother and me growing up. Ramona plays outside, has a great imagination, and she even has a crush on a boy in kindergarten! She makes sacrifices for her family (like downsizing her Christmas list) and goes through ups and downs with family as her father goes back to school, her mother enters the workforce, and her father even struggles with moving for a new job. All of this while Ramona is growing up and struggling with her own problems like riding the bus alone and dealing with school bullies.
For young readers, just starting to read for pleasure, the Beverly Cleary books are very pertinent and enjoyable. These books are not there to teach a moral or lesson, but for pure enjoyment. And what better lesson than to read for fun?
Beverly Cleary is the queen of the early chapter book and will always have a place in this reader’s heart. Happy Birthday!
But, you don’t have to take my word for it…I asked students in the library if they remember Beverly Cleary and heard a definite “Yes!”:
“I read Ramona with my parents.”
“I remember watching the movie “Ramona and Beezus” when it came out.”
“I read it with my sister. She was older, so she was Beezus and I was Ramona.”
Available for Checkout:
- Beverly Cleary by Julie Berg (L3914 Z59 1993)
- Beverly Cleary by Pat Pflieger (L3914 Z88 1991)
- A Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir by Beverly Cleary (L3914 Z465 1988)
By Beverly Cleary
- Henry Huggins (C5792 Hev 1990)
- Ramona the Brave (C5792 Raj)
- Ramona and Her Mother (C5792 Raif 1990)
- Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (C5792 Ram)
- Ramona’s World (PZ7.C5792 Rap 1999)
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle (C5792 Mo 1990)
- Ralph S. Mouse (C5792 Raf 2000)
- Dear Mr. Henshaw (C5792 De 1983)
- Ramona and Beezus (PN1997.2 .R36 2010 DVD)
Applications for research projects completed in Intersession or Spring 2016 are due Friday, April 29, 2016 by 4:00 pm.
The Weinberg Memorial 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. The prize is $500 for the winning undergraduate project, and $500 for the winning graduate project.
Complete applications will include a 500-700 word essay describing your research process and the ways you used the library in order to complete your project, a final version (or almost complete draft if necessary) of your research project, a bibliography or other appropriate listing of sources consulted, and a statement of faculty support.
For the online application form, tips on how to write a successful essay describing your research process, and previous winning applications, see www.scranton.edu/libraryresearchprize. For questions, email Bonnie Oldham, Information Literacy Coordinator, at email@example.com.
A psychology major from Westchester, New York Brandon McKenzie began working in Media Resources/EdLab in the fall of 2014 and as his graduation date gets closer, the Library would like to thank him for his hard work and commitment.
Brandon is helpful and friendly to all patrons and his interest in films and theater make him a great fit for Media Resources/EdLab. He is involved in the Liva Arts Company, a non-profit, student-run organization designed to serve the academic, social, and cultural needs of the University of Scranton. It produces two musicals each year. Last spring Brandon played the part of Roger in Rent and he will be playing Doody in the upcoming production of Grease. He’s also a member of Colleges Against Cancer, a club that plans events on campus to raise money for the American Cancer Society and brings awareness about cancer to the student body. His hobbies include playing music and reading, and his favorite books are the Maze Runner series. Something people would be surprised to learn about Brandon is that he is in an episode in the second season of The Good Wife.
Brandon has a variety of interests and his career aspirations include being a counseling psychologist, actor, musician and personal trainer.
Thank you for your hard work Brandon and congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library book sale is less than three weeks away. Volunteers, faculty, and staff are preparing for our annual sale which supports our collections and services. The event will be the last weekend of April with a special preview sale for Friends members and Schemel Forum members on Friday, April 29.
The library will accept any hardcover or paperback books in good condition, including children’s books, cookbooks, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition, the library is collecting media and tag sale items.
Donations may be placed in the boxes on the Monroe Avenue side of the library. Donations will be accepted until Wednesday, April 27.
This year’s book sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, from noon until 4 p.m., in the fifth floor Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Join the organization if you would like to take advantage of the special preview.
For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Barbara Evans at 570-941-4078.
The library is seeking submissions for the 6th Annual Environmental Art Show. The art show will be held from April 15th until the 21st.
The purpose of the Environmental Art Show is to promote the natural beauty of our environment and the ideal practice of sustainable living through artworks of all types, including painting, photography, repurposed goods, sculpture, and more. The show is comprised entirely of University of Scranton student, staff, and faculty submissions, so please consider contributing!
The deadline for submissions is set for Thursday, April 14, 2016. All works of art can be dropped off at either the circulation or reference desks of the library. All artwork is returned after the exhibit has closed.
For photos from the past Environmental Art Shows see the following links:
Academic Video Online: Premium is the largest and most comprehensive video subscription service available to libraries. It delivers more than 48,000 video titles spanning essential academic subject areas including: anthropology, business, science, engineering, counseling, history, music, film, and many more. Academic Video Online is a replacement for our prior streaming video service VAST from Alexander Street and all content previously found in VAST is available in Academic Video Online. Partnered with recognized providers of content such as: PBS, 60 minutes, Asian Film Online, and the BBC, Academic Video Online: Premium provides a breadth of expertly produced and relevant academic video content. A link to Academic Video Online can be found by accessing the library home page (www.scranton.edu/library), clicking on the articles and databases tab, and either search for Academic Video Online in the search box, or clicking on databases and finding Academic Video Online under the tab for databases “A”. It can also be found by logging into the My.Scranton portal and clicking on the “Library” tab, and clicking on the “Databases” link under “Resources” or searching the Library’s Catalog.
Bike Scranton is a cooperative program between the University of Scranton Office of Sustainability, and the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority. All University of Scranton students, faculty, and staff as well as Lackawanna County Library System card holders may borrow a bicycle as long as they are at least 18 years of age. Visitors to Scranton over the age of 18 may also borrow bicycles, as long as they can provide a valid photo ID. Each bicycle comes with a lock and an adjustable helmet upon checkout. Bikes may be borrowed whenever the library is open, and all bicycles must be returned before the library closes that same day. For the 2016 season the library has 9 bikes (of different sizes) to lend. There is no charge for borrowing bikes. Please ask at the Weinberg Memorial Library Circulation Desk if you have any questions.