Leaves of Class XX – January Winner!

Congratulations to Yvette Vinson of Dalton, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle:  1 set of 2 tickets for 2017-2018 season of shows; Broadway Theatre League of NEPA:  2 tickets to the opening night of A Chorus Line (Feb. 23);  F.M. Kirby Center:  2 orchestra seat tickets to the Howard Gospel Choir (Feb. 17);  Scranton Cultural Center:  1 voucher for up to 4 complimentary tickets to a membership season series of shows presented and produced exclusively by the Scranton Cultural Center;  PNC Bank:  4 club seats at the Mohegan Sun Arena to see the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Mar. 25)

Culinary Delights:  Applebee’s ($25 gift certificate); Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); AV ($50 gift certificate); LongHorn Steakhouse ($25 gift card); P.J. Scanlan’s ($25 gift certificate); Sidel’s Restaurant ($30 gift card).

Memberships:  Everhart Museum:  1 – family membership.

Wellness:  Crunch Fitness:  1 – three month Peak Plus membership with 2 personal training sessions; Montage Mountain Resorts:  4 Extended Lift Tickets; Bella Natura – $50 gift card (courtesy of Sidney Prejean).

And More!:  3-bottle pack of White Birch Vineyard wine (courtesy of William Varady); Amazon ($25 gift certificate).

Didn’t win this month? That’s ok, because you still have ELEVEN more chances to win!

To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!


“Distinguished for Their Talents,” Theatrical Portraits by Scranton Master Penman P. W. Costello, 1905-1930

On display in the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Heritage Room is a collection of pen and ink portraits of late 19th and early 20th century theatrical personalities drawn between 1905 and 1930 by Scranton’s Master Penman Patrick W. Costello. Costello was nationally recognized for his work and operated what we might now consider a graphic arts studio where he created advertising art as well as engrossed congratulatory or testimonial resolutions, diplomas, and other types of work that required a combination of calligraphic lettering and artistic design. As a hobby, Costello drew pen and ink portraits and, because he had a love for the theater, specialized in drawing portraits of stage personalities. These were often drawn from photographs, engravings or illustrations found in theater magazines and books, but he also drew some portraits from life. In addition to his career as a penman, Costello owned restaurants in Scranton where he would display his portraits. In some cases, traveling actors would visit the restaurant and autograph their portraits. The exhibit will include a variety of men and women of the stage, some of whom played Scranton. Some actors, such as John Barrymore, are still famous today. Many of these actors performed Shakespeare and, therefore, a portion of the portraits on display depict Shakespearean characters.

The Heritage Room will host an exhibit reception and program on Tuesday, March 27 at 6 PM. Thomas W. Costello, P. W. Costello’s great-grandson, will speak on Costello’s career. University of Scranton English professor Michael Friedman will give a talk titled “Shakespeare on the Stage in 1900: From Actor’s Theater to Author’s Theater.” Sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, the reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run from February 5 through April 23 during normal Library hours. Images of the portraits can also be viewed through our digital collections website. For more information, please email archives@scranton.edu or call 570-941-6341.


Leaves of Class XIX – December!

Congratulations to Joyce Hatala of Fleetville who won a new iPad from The University of Scranton, Division of Information Resources, a hand knit scarf courtesy of Bonnie Strohl; a wine gift basket from Franklin Hill Vineyards; a wine bottle opener kit courtesy of Charles Kratz; and two phone cases courtesy of William Varady.  Joyce also won the following gift cards/certificates to: Alexander’s Family Restaurant ($50); Alibris ($50); Lenora’s ($50); Thai Thani ($40); Ruth’s Chris Steak House ($25) & Wolfgang Puck ($10) from Metz Culinary Management; Amazon ($30); Six East Restaurant (dinner for 2 up to $30); Regal Entertainment Group ($25 courtesy of Alan Mazzei); JJ McNally’s ($25); Nana’s Pasta House ($25); POSH@The Scranton Club ($25); Riccardo’s ($25); and Stirnas Restaurant ($25).

Raffle chances for Leaves of Class XX are now available. To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XIX – November!

Congratulations to John Norcross of Clarks Summit who won $250 cash courtesy of Kratz Auto Supply; a drone, courtesy of Brian McHugh; a green plaid Southern Proper tie from Burlap and Bourbon; a lighted Christmas village, Longaberger ornament, and crystal bear courtesy of Charlene Reese; A beehive sugar bowl courtesy of Hudson’s General Store, two bottles of Royal Crown whiskey in a Longaberger basket courtesy of Charles Kratz and Charlene Reese, and two logo t-shirts and a baseball from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. John also won gift cards/certificates to: Amazon ($60 gift card); Boscov’s ($50 gift card); Debbie’s Flower Boutique, Inc. ($50 gift card toward a silk arrangement); Live with It by Lora Hobbs ($50 gift certificate); Nada & Co. ($50 gift certificate); The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park ($50 gift certificate from ); Stirna’s Restaurant ($25 gift certificate); Lucky’s Sporthouse Kitchen & Cocktails from Metz Culinary Management ($20 gift card), and Abe’s Deli ($10 gift certificate).

Raffle chances for Leaves of Class XX are now available. To purchase entries online, visit: www.scranton.edu/leaves. To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

#GivingTuesday for the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund

This #GivingTuesday, help support student learning and information literacy for up and coming University of Scranton Royals by giving to the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund.

Named in honor of the late Bonnie Oldham, Associate Professor Emerita at The University of Scranton and Library Research Prize founder in the Weinberg Memorial Library, the Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize recognizes excellence in student 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.

It is the program in the Weinberg Memorial Library that most exemplifies the Jesuit ideal of magis–striving for excellence–as it relates to information literacy and students’ development of research skills and dispositions that will enable them to become leaders in their fields and professions.

Help us fully endow the Prize in perpetuity by making a donation today on #GivingTuesday!

To support student learning with your gift:

  1. Visit Support Scranton.
  2. Select “Weinberg Memorial Library” as the area you wish to support.
  3. Mention the “Bonnie W. Oldham Library Research Prize Endowment Fund” in the Additional Comments box at the bottom of the page.