Celebrating the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library

This is Friends of the Library Week, and at the Weinberg Memorial Library, we have a Friends organization truly worthy of celebration! Formed in 1994, the Friends actively support the Library in a myriad of ways, including fundraising, sponsoring programs and exhibits, and purchasing books and technology. Over the years, the Friends have donated more than $75,000 to acquire more than 1240 books and other items for Special Collections and for the circulating collection. In 1997, with inaugural Award winner Jack Palance, the Friends started the Distinguished Author Award program, which brings well-known authors to campus to sign books and speak about their work. Each year in April, the Friends organize and host an annual book sale to benefit the Library. This past September for the first time, the Friends also hosted a smaller book sale during the University’s Family Weekend, which was a great success! Leaves of Class, a program that raffles off donations from local businesses to contest winners each month, is one of the longest running and most successful fundraisers organized by the Friends. In 2016, the library purchased the hugely popular Brody study carrels through the generosity of the Friends. We could not be more thankful for our Friends, whose generosity with their time and resources has so greatly benefited our Library and the University of Scranton!

First meeting of the Friends of the Library Advisory Board in 1994.
2014 book sale in the Heritage Room.
2013 Distinguished Author Committee.

 

In Memory of Brian E. McHugh ’59 (January 1, 1937 – August 9, 2021)

It is with immense sadness that we announce the loss of Brian E. McHugh ’59, dear friend to the Weinberg Memorial Library, The University of Scranton, and the wider community.   

Born in Kingston and a graduate of Kingston High School, Brian would serve in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After being honorably discharged, Brian studied at the University of Havana, Cuba and earned a B.S. in Psychology from The University of Scranton in 1959.   

With an entrepreneurial career spanning instruction, banking, and construction, Brian was most recently a field consultant for business development. He was also a member of the Advisory Board of The Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library and active in both the Luzerne County and Kingston Historical Societies. His generous estate gift to the library, in memory of his mother, resulted in the naming of the Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections.  

He will be greatly missed.

Thank You, Leaves of Class Donors and Supporters!

Normally at this time of year we are beginning to advertise and sell our annual raffle tickets to the Ann Moskovitz Leaves of Class Raffle benefiting the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library. However, due to Covid-19, the precautions in place to keep everyone safe, and the financial difficulties facing many local businesses, we felt it was not the time to solicit donations from our community. Instead, we would like to thank our donors, sponsors and supporters! If you normally purchase a Leaves of Class raffle as a gift for for yourself, please consider supporting our donors directly with a gift, gift card, or purchase! If you would like to continue to support the Friends of the Library, consider joining the Friends by visiting our website!

Thank you for your continued support and we hope for a better outlook in 2021!

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