WYOU recently interviewed Father Rob Carbonneau, Passionist Historian and Adjunct Professor of History, concerning the new Passionist exhibit currently on display in the Heritage Room. Watch the interview here! The exhibit, titled “Life, Death, and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” will be on display during normal library hours until April 24. On Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room, Father Carbonneau will give a lecture focused on the Chinese Catholic witness of faith and honoring three priests who were martyred in China. The reception is free and open to the public – don’t miss it! For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
This April marks the 90th anniversary of the deaths of three Passionist Catholic priests at the hands of bandits in China. The priests had come as missionaries to Hunan province, and their murders shocked American Catholics, U.S. diplomats, and the Holy See. A new exhibit in the Heritage Room, titled “Life, Death, and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection,” honors the martyred men as well as the service of the many other Passionist priests and Sisters of Charity who worked in the region from 1921 to 1955, when the last missionary was expelled from Communist China. They served through famine, flood, and war, and witnessed both incredible suffering and hope. Ultimately, they left a legacy that continues to the present day, inspiring a new generation of Chinese Passionist priests.
The exhibit will be on display until April 24 during normal library business hours. There will be a reception and lecture, by Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D, and Passionist Historian, on Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Room. The lecture will focus on remembering the witness of faith of the martyred priests, and the larger story of the Chinese Catholic witness of faith. The reception is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
JANUARY ~ Congratulations to Kate Leahy of Waverly, who won the following prizes:
Entertainment: Actors Circle (two tickets to Wait Until Dark – Jan 31, Feb 1-10); Broadway Theatre League of NEPA (two tickets to the opening night of The King and I – Mar. 29); Scranton Cultural Center (one voucher for up to 4 complimentary tickets to a membership season of shows presented and produced exclusively by the Scranton Cultural Center); PNC Bank (four club seats at the Mohegan Sun Arena to see the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – Feb. or Mar.); Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (two orchestra seats to the PNC Pops Performance: Imagine, Music of the Beatles at the F.M. Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre — Sat., Feb. 16 at 8 p.m.)
Culinary Delights: Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); P.J. Scanlan’s ($25 gift certificate); Sidel’s Restaurant ($30 gift card); Starbucks (4 – $10 gift cards – courtesy of Gretchen Welby).
Wellness: Montage Mountain Resorts (four Extended Lift Tickets); Crunch Fitness (1 – three month Peak Plus membership with 2 personal training sessions).
Memberships: AAA Travel Agency (Basic Membership).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-941-6341.
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 email@example.com or call 570-941-6341.
Philadelphia native and acclaimed writer Lorene Cary will receive the 2018 Royden B. Davis, S.J., Distinguished Author Award from The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the McIlhenny Ballroom of the DeNaples Center.
Professor Cary’s books are well known for their thoughtful and intelligent examination of the African-American experience, beginning with her best-selling memoir, “Black Ice,” an American Library Association Book for 1991 that continues to be taught in high schools and colleges today. Her 2011 novel, “If Sons, Then Heirs,” is a contemporary love story that also explores the corrosive racial history that haunts its main characters. The book was called “an absorbing and moving tale” by Publishers Weekly and “a powerful take on family, history” by The Philadelphia Tribune.
Cary’s other books include: “The Price of a Child,” a 1995 novel chosen as the first One Book, One Philadelphia selection; “Pride,” a contemporary novel; and “FREE! Great Escapes on the Underground Railroad,” a collection of true-life stories for young readers. Meanwhile, Cary’s essays have appeared in publications like Newsweek, Time, Essence and O Magazine.
In 1998, Cary founded Art Sanctuary to create unique programs for African-American artists, performers and writers in Philadelphia. The programs have drawn up to 1,500 participants a year. In addition, she served on Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission from October 2011 to January 2013.
A longtime senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, Cary received the prestigious Philadelphia Award in 2003. She is also the recipient of six honorary doctorates.
Named in honor of the late Rev. Royden B. Davis, S.J., who served in many roles at the University and as rector of the Jesuit Community, the Distinguished Author Award was established in 1997. The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library envisioned the series as a way to honor notable fiction and non-fiction authors, and to give them the opportunity to share their literary pursuits and impressions with Northeastern Pennsylvanians. Proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of the Library Endowment Fund, which supports special gifts for the Weinberg Library collections and services.
For additional information or to make a reservation, call 570.941.7816 or visit scranton.edu/authaward .
The Heritage Room is featuring an exhibit on the career of Charles Paxton Zaner, penman extraordinaire and founder of the Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Company. The Weinberg Memorial Library has been the home of the Zaner-Bloser Collection since 2010, and the collection has been used in a number of exhibits. Zaner-Bloser, which is still in business, has been a leading publisher of penmanship instruction materials since 1888. However, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of C.P. Zaner’s tragic death in an automobile collision with a train at the age of 54. Consequently, the exhibit will focus on Zaner’s career and feature calligraphic alphabets, flourished birds, other artistic work and penmanship exercises. But Zaner was more than a penman. He was a businessman, a publisher, an essayist, and author of penmanship manuals. The exhibit will also display manuscript copies of his essays, copies of manuals he authored, accompanied at times by the original penwork and printing blocks, and material from the company he created.
The exhibit, titled “The World’s Best Penman: The Artistic and Business Career of Charles Paxton Zaner, 1864-1918,” will be on display until December 14 during normal library hours. There will be a reception and lecture, by Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies, on Zaner’s career and the profession of penmanship during his lifetime on Wednesday, October 24, at 6 PM in the Heritage Room. The reception is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.
JULY ~ Congratulations to Stephen & Teresa Andrichak of Sterling, who won the following prizes:
Extravaganza: Mount Airy Casino Resort: An overnight stay in a luxurious and elegant deluxe king suite, 2 entertainment tickets to any show of choice, a couples massage, and $200 food credit.
Culinary Delights: Gertrude Hawk Chocolates: $25 gift card.
Tres Chic: Pop It! Jackets & Accessories: $25 gift certificate.
Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have FIVE more chances to win!
Thank you & good Luck!
June ~ Congratulations (again) to Joe & Mary Barrett of Dunmore, who won the following prizes:
Entertainment: Anthracite Heritage Museum: 4 museum tickets & 2 books on the anthracite coal industry; Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library: 2 tickets to the Distinguished Author Award dinner; Kalahari Resorts and Conventions: $100 gift card; Ritz Company Playhouse: 6 tickets for 2018 season of Ritz Company Players productions; Wildflower Music Festival: 6 flex tics; Wyalusing Valley Wine Festival: 2 tickets to the 2018 festival.
Culinary Delights: Nana’s Pasta House: $25 gift certificate; Tasty Freeze Ice Cream: $25 gift certificate for individual treats; Zummo’s Café: $25 gift card.
Tres Chic: N.B. Levy’s Jewelers: $50 gift certificate.
Wellness: Alexander’s Spa & Salon: $100 gift card; Spunk Fitness: one 3-month membership, 1-free bring a friend week card, one $10 Synergy cash for use at Salon or Spa.
And More!: Basket of Cheer ($250 value; courtesy of Ann Moskovitz); Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards: large peach jar candle; $10 Starbucks gift card and bottle of wine (courtesy of Charles Kratz);
If these names look familiar, it’s because they are! In the 20-year history of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Leaves of Class raffle program — a total of 234 monthly drawings through the middle of this year — no winner’s name has ever been drawn in consecutive months. Until now.
Joe and Mary Barrett of Dunmore are the lucky couple whose winning ticket was randomly selected in May of this year — and again in June!
Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have SIX more chances to win!
Thank you & good Luck!
MAY~ Congratulations to Joe & Mary Barrett of Dunmore, who won the following prizes:
Entertainment: Rustic Kitchen Bistro & Bar@Mohegan Sun Pocono: 2 tickets to the live cooking show “In the Kitchen” with Chef Kim McLendon; Cinemark ($20 gift card).
Culinary Delights: Arcaro & Genell Restaurant & Catering Services ($25 gift certificate); Manning Farm Dairy ($25 gift certificate); Nana’s Pasta House ($25 gift certificate); Ragnacci’s Family Restaurant ($25 gift certificate); Revello’s Pizza ($25 gift card); Russell’s Restaurant ($40 gift certificate); Sanderson St. Tavern ($25 gift certificate); Tiffany’s Tap & Grill ($25 gift certificate).
Tres Chic: Lenora’s: pink leather tulip shaped crossbody bag and grey and pink designer scarf; Lillian Pulitzer cooler with Elk Mountain wine glasses; Nann Blaine Hilyard: one-of-a-kind, handmade quilt.
Wellness: Sanderson Place Salon & Spa Scranton: $75 gift certificate; Mulberry Bush: $25 gift certificate.
And More!: Hudson General Store: “Summer Afternoon” framed art print; 6 bottles of Nimble Hill wine (courtesy of The Weinberg Memorial Library).
Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have SEVEN more chances to win!
Thank you & good Luck!