Fifty Years Later

Day in the Life of President Kennedy Book Cover_001Today marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

To commemorate that tragic day, the Library is exhibiting popular culture biographies of JFK, writings by him, and publications from around the world commemorating his death.

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You can view the display in the 4th Floor Special Collections and the Quiet Study Rooms now through the end of the semester.





The Library also has a wide variety of resources about the life, death, and legacy of America’s 35th president.



Finally, here’s a look back at the report by The Aquinas student newspaper about the reaction on campus when the sad news first broke.

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The Evolution of the University of Scranton from 1888 to the Present

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An illustrated history talk and exhibit reception will be held in the Weinberg Memorial Library on October 2nd at 6 p.m. in celebration  of the 125th Anniversary of the University.

The presentation, titled From the 300 Block of Wyoming Avenue to the Hill Section: The Evolution of the University of Scranton  from 1888 to the Present, will be presented by Dr. Frank X.J. Homer, Professor of History Emeritus.  The talk will be held in Library Room 305.

A reception will follow in the Library’s 5th Floor Heritage Room for the exhibit, Pride, Passion, Promise: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary.

The event is sponsored by Friends of the Weinberg Library.

For more information please contact Michael Knies, Special Collections Faculty Librarian, (570) 941-6341 or

Pride, Passion, Promise: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary

125th Anniversary Exhibit Flyer

The Library’s current exhibit, Pride, Passion, Promise: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary, displays photographs, documents, and memorabilia from the founding of the school in 1888 to the present. It covers the range of activities that institutions of higher education engage in, including student life, the development of the campus, as well as the primary purpose of educating students.

The exhibit opened Monday, August 12th, and will close December 15th. For further information please contact Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian, 941-6341,

Opportunity for Arts and Crafts Vendors at Annual Book Sale

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Call for Student and University Community Arts and Crafts Vendors

 2013 Weinberg Memorial Library Book Sale

Sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Library & the Library Staff

Friday- Sunday, April 26th – 28th, 2013

 Important Dates

  • Vendor applications are due by Friday, April 12th.
  • Vendors will be notified of acceptance on or before Friday, April 18th.
  • The table fee is due via cash before table set-up each day.
  • The Book Sale will take place:
    • Friday, April 26th (preview sale, members and student night) ~ 4pm-9pm
    • Saturday, April 27th ~ 9am-9pm
    • Sunday, April 28th ~ noon-4pm

Information for Vendors:

  • The Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held in the Library’s Fifth Floor Heritage Room.
  • The table space fee is $5.00 per day, $15.00 for all 3 days.
  • Approval of applications is space permitting, and the Library reserves the right to reject any applicants.
  • The Library is not responsible for the loss or damage to art/craft work.  Vendors are required to properly staff their tables and are responsible for the sale and safety of all merchandise.

The Library is excited to showcase University student, faculty and staff artists and crafters at its Annual Book Sale. For more information or to fill out an application please visit the Library’s Circulation Desk or contact Barb Evans:

Barb Evans, Access Services     570-941-4078

Volunteers and Donations for the Library’s Annual Book Sale

LIBRARY BOOK SALE 2013 Call for VolunteersThe Library will host its Annual Book Sale the weekend of April 27th.  As always, proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library endowment fund in support of WML’s collections and services.  If you are a student and would like to earn service hours, please consider volunteering.  We will need help pricing, organizing, and selling the books.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Ellen Judge at or stop by the Center for Service & Social Justice, DeNaples 205B.

The Library is also seeking donations of tag sale items and current hardcover and paperback books in good condition.  No encyclopedias or old textbooks please.  You may drop off your contributions in the donation boxes at our Monroe Ave entrance.

American Hands Exhibit and Schemel Forum Event

American Hands ExhibitThe Library’s Heritage Room is currently hosting American Hands: A Visual Celebration of Traditional Tradespeople, a traveling exhibit of work by photographer Sally Wiener Grotta.

American Hands is Sally Wiener Grotta’s ongoing narrative visual celebration of those individuals who are keeping alive the traditional trades that built our country’s diverse culture. She has documented the work of artisans including a spinner, weaver, blacksmith, bookbinder and others. She has returned to their workshops over the course of months and years to document the different stages of their creations.  She documents the craft processes as well as the personalities of the individual tradespeople.

Sally began the exhibit as Pennsylvania Hands.  The constantly changing exhibit has been seen around the state and has now become a national project and renamed American Hands.

Sally is widely considered to be a pioneer of digital photography and computer graphics.  She has served as chapter president for the American Society of Media Photographers and has traveled on assignment to every continent including Antarctica.  Sally co-authored (with Daniel Grotta) the groundbreaking work, Digital Imaging for Visual Artists which is considered one of the first important works on the subject. The PC Magazine Guide to Digital Photography and The PC Magazine Digital SLR Photography Solutions are among their other books. Her photographs and articles have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and books.

There will be a reception featuring a talk by the artist on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room.  The reception is free and open to the public.  The exhibit, lecture, and reception are cosponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library and the Schemel Forum.  You can register for the event here.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of February.

20th Anniversary Exhibit and Fun Giveaways

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  • Did you know that the WML building is the third location for the University’s campus library?
  • Where was the first library on campus located?
  • How many years was the library located in the Alumni Memorial building?
  • How can students win fun prizes and giveaways?!?



Find out the answers to these questions and brush up on your knowledge of the library’s history by visiting the exhibit, “Card Catalogs, Computers, and Learning Commons.” As part of WML’s 20th Anniversary celebration the exhibit will be on display in the 5th floor Heritage Room throughout the fall semester.

Students are encouraged to test their knowledge of the library and win fun prizes with an exhibit trivia quiz, available in both print and mobile friendly versions on the 5th floor.  Answer the short quiz using the exhibit captions as hints and place the quiz in the box provided on the 5th floor.  All correct trivia winners (students only) will be entered into random drawings to win fun giveaways every week throughout the fall semester!

Book, Plant, & Tag Sale This Weekend

The Friends of the Library are sponsoring a Book & Plant Sale this weekend!
The sale will include used non-fiction and fiction hardcover and paperback books, plants, tag sale items, and jewelry. The sale takes place in the Heritage Room on the fifth floor of the Library, with all proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Endowment.
The sale will be open Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, April 29, from noon until 4 p.m.

Earth Week 2012

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Earth Day 2012: Sunday, April 22nd

Earth Day is only about a week away!  This list of U of S Earth Week events at makes it easy to learn what environmentally themed activities are happening on campus starting with tomorrow’s annual Street Sweep.

Included in the list are Library activities like the opening reception for the Environmental Art Show, which will take place Monday at 7pm in the Heritage Room.  As part of this year’s Foursquare Frenzy,  there will be a special prize for the first students who check-in during the reception, and it’s not too late to submit artwork! Just bring in your submissions to the Library by Monday morning.

Want to learn more about how you can go green? Check out resources on sustainability in the Library Catalog or Research Guides.

You can also visit the Media Resources Center to watch one of the top sustainability themed films available at the Library:

  1. The Age of Stupid– DVD- feature film
  2. The Day After Tomorrow –DVD- feature film
  3. Eating Alaska– DVD- documentary/educational film
  4. King Corn-DVD- documentary/educational film
  5. An Inconvenient Truth –DVD- documentary/educational film
  6. No Impact Man-DVD- documentary/educational film
  7. Flow: For Love of Water-DVD – documentary/educational film
  8. Food, Inc. –DVD- documentary/educational film
  9. The 11th Hour– DVD- documentary/educational film
  10. The Great Warming -3 parts VHS- documentary/educational film
  11. Warnings from the Ice VHS- documentary/educational film

There’s Still Time to Visit the Exhibit of Alphabets

Michael Knies, Special Collections Librarian at the University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library, oversees the exhibition of alphabet and penmanship samples. Image courtesy of The Times Leader.

The exhibit of alphabets from the Library’s Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection is currently on display through April 5th in the 5th Floor Heritage Room of the Library.

Want to learn more about the exhibit? Mary Therese Biebel from The Times Leader recently wrote an article about her visit to explore the alphabets, If you’d grown up in the late 1800s with a steady hand, artistic skill and perhaps the ability to not upset your inkwell too often, those attributes might have led you to a career.

About 70 alphabets are on display, and they provide a rare look at the art of American ornamental penmanship from the 19th and early 20th centuries, which very few people continue to pursue.  In fact, during her visit Bielbel interviewed Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies who noted that “some college students did not learn cursive, and they’re unable to read correspondence from the 19th and 20th century.”

So stop by the exhibit and brush up on your ABC’s! You can also browse through the alphabets online in the Library’s digital collection of alphabets from the Zaner-Bloser Collection.