Weinberg Memorial Library Book Sale

The Weinberg Memorial Library’s book sale is fast approaching! The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library will hold its annual book sale slated for Saturday, April 30 from 9:00AM to 8:00PM and Sunday, May 1 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM. A special preview sale will be held on Friday, April 29 for current (2021-2022) Friend’s members and Schemel Forum members. Interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library? Information for membership can be found at the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

The book sale will have a vast array of hardcover and paperback books including non-fiction books, fiction books, cookbooks, children’s books, and young adult books. The library is still looking for volunteers to help with the book sale. Volunteer shifts are flexible.

Any questions about the book sale or want to volunteer? Please reach out to Melisa Gallo at melisa.gallo@scranton.edu or (570) 941-6195.

All current University of Scranton health and safety protocols in place for the weekend of the book sale, as indicated in the Royals Back Together plan, must be followed by guests and volunteers.

We look forward to seeing you at the Weinberg Memorial Library’s annual book sale!

Rare Books Exhibit Reception Tomorrow Evening

Tomorrow evening, March 22, from 6:00-8:00PM, the Rev. Dr. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at Boston College will speak at a reception for the Heritage Room exhibit titled “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: Rare Books from the Hill-Davis Jesuit Collection.”   Father Ucerler will speak on the topic of “Early Modern Jesuits in East Asia & Global Networks of Knowledge.”  He will discuss Jesuit missions in Japan and China, printing in Europe and Asia, cartography, and letter writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a principal conduit of information and its influence on major European printing houses.  The reception is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, The University of Scranton Jesuit Center, the Slattery Center for the Ignatian Humanities and the Schemel Forum. For more information contact Special Collections Librarian/Professor Michael Knies at Michael.Knies@Scranton.edu or 570-941-6341.

Exhibit Reception, March 22, “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam”

On March 22, from 6:00-8:00PM, the Rev. Dr. M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J., Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at Boston College will speak at a reception for the Heritage Room exhibit titled “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: Rare Books from the Hill-Davis Jesuit Collection.”   Father Ucerler will speak on the topic of “Early Modern Jesuits in East Asia & Global Networks of Knowledge.”  He will discuss Jesuit missions in Japan and China, printing in Europe and Asia, cartography, and letter writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as a principal conduit of information and its influence on major European printing houses.  The reception is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library, The University of Scranton Jesuit Center, the Slattery Center for the Ignatian Humanities and the Schemel Forum. For more information contact Special Collections Librarian/Professor Michael Knies at Michael.Knies@Scranton.edu or 570-941-6341

 

Donations and Volunteers for the Weinberg Memorial Library’s Annual Book Sale

The University of Scranton’s Weinberg Memorial Library is accepting book donations for its annual book sale slated for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1. A special preview sale will be held on Friday, April 29 for current (2021-2022) Friend’s members and Schemel Forum members.

The Weinberg Memorial Library will be accepting paperback and hardcover books in good condition, such as children’s books, young adult books, cookbooks, fiction, and non-fiction books. Appointments to donate books are needed. The Library is also seeking volunteers to help work the book sale. Volunteer shifts are flexible.

To schedule an appointment to donate books, obtain clarification on accepted books, or to volunteer, please reach out to Melisa Gallo at melisa.gallo@scranton.edu or (570) 941-6195. All current University of Scranton health and safety protocols must be followed for volunteers and visitors.

And the winner is . . .

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. John Norcross of Clarks Summit who won these fabulous prizes in our January Leaves of Class XXIII Raffle drawing: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions (four all-day Waterpark admission tickets); Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar ($25 gift certificate); Café Rinaldi ($25 gift certificate – courtesy of George & Lindsay Aulisio): The New Café ($50 gift card – courtesy of Joseph Cimini); Stirna’s Restaurant ($25 gift certificate); Wegmans ($100 gift card – courtesy of Sid Prejean); Actor’s Circle (two flex tickets); Dietrich Theater (movie gift bag); Everhart Museum (family membership); NEPA Philharmonic (two tickets to the 4/8/22 PNC Pops Jerry Herman Concert); The President’s Daughter by Bill Clinton & James Patterson (courtesy of Charles Kratz & William Varady); Liztech Necklace and Pin (courtesy of Charles Kratz & William Varady); Wonderstone Gallery ($25 gift card – courtesy of Peter V. & Narda Tafuri); Crunch Fitness (one 3-month membership with 2 personal training sessions & t-shirt); Amazon (two $25 gift cards – courtesy of Sondra Myers); American Candle (sugar cookie scented candle); $250 Cash (courtesy of Charles Kratz & William Varady); Hand-knit Shawl (courtesy of Bonnie Strohl); Hand-made Fleece Throw (courtesy of Annette Kalwaytis); Library Express (composition book gift bag); Mastercard ($50 gift card – courtesy of Letha Reinheimer); One Point (office supply basket); and Target ($50 gift card – courtesy of Marian Farrell.)

This year’s raffle features more than $7,000 in prizes! Tickets are $25 and earn each participant 4 chances to win seasonal prize drawings.

The next drawing date is March 1, 2022. 

To be eligible for the drawings, purchase an entry form online or request to have brochures mailed to you.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE! 

For additional information visit www.scranton.edu/leaves or contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko, (570) 941-7816, kym.fetsko@scranton.edu.

Gift from Bequest of Brian E. McHugh ’59 on Display in 5th Floor Heritage Room

A gorgeous grandfather clock, dated to the 1780s, has been installed in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room. This was made possible by a bequest from the late Brian E. McHugh ’59, who also included an incredible $500,000 endowment fund in support of the Library. 

“Tall case” clock making flourished in Pennsylvania in the late 18th and early to mid-19th centuries, first imitating English craftsmanship before developing its own unique characteristics. This example, in the style of famed London furniture-maker Thomas Chippendale but likely Pennsylvania Dutch built, must be hand wound and includes a rotating dial depicting phases of the moon throughout the month. The hourly chimes have been disabled so all can study in peace, and two finials and an eagle, usually sitting on top, are currently being repaired.  

This will serve to complement the beautiful grandmother clock, formerly belonging to Brian’s mother, on display in the 4th floor Reading Room of The Helen Gallagher McHugh Special Collections named in her memory.  

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.

 

Leaves of Class XXI – August, September & October Winners!

OCTOBER ~ Congratulations to Suzanne BeLaus, who won the following prizes:

Culinary Delights:  Backyard Ale House ($50 gift card); La Trattoria ($30 gift card); Metz Culinary Management  — Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse ($25 gift card); POSH @ The Scranton Club ($25 gift card); Ragnacci’s Family Restaurant ($25 gift certificate); Sibio’s Restaurant ($50 gift certificate); State Street Grill ($75 gift card); Terra Preta Prime ($50 gift card); Thai Rak Thai Restaurant ($50 gift card); The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park ($50 gift card).

Mindfullness:  Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Allentown (books: Thirteen Ways of Looking by Colum McCann and Corrupted by Lisa Scottolini); Carroll & Carroll Booksellers (book:  After Anna by Lisa Scottolini); Library Express (fall themed book basket).

Wellness:  American Candle (one large jar candle); Best Friend Basket (Stately Pet Supply ($25 gift certificate); PetSmart ($25 gift card); Target ($50 gift card)).

And More!:  Library book quilt by Quilt Crush; Montecillo Rioja wine (one bottle – courtesy of Gretchen Welby);  Starbucks (four – $10 gift cards – courtesy of William Varady).


SEPTEMBER ~ Congratulations to Jean Nebzydoski of Pleasant Mount, who won the following prizes:

Culinary Delights:  Bar Pazzo ($30 gift card); Café Classico ($30 gift certificate); City Market & Café ($25 gift card); Cooper’s Seafood House ($25 gift certificate); La Cucina Restaurant ($25 gift card); DOMA Importing Company ($25 gift certificate); Gerrity’s ($25 gift card); Gertrude Hawk Chocolates ($25 gift card); Great Temptations ($25 gift certificate); Mansour’s Market ($25 gift card); Metz Culinary Management – Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse ($25 gift card), TGI Fridays ($25 gift card), Lucky’s Sporthouse Kitchen & Cocktails ($25 gift card); Peculiar Slurp Shop ($25 gift certificate); The Sanderson St. Tavern ($25 gift certificate).

Mindfulness:  BAM! ($25 gift card); Dear Evan Hansen recording and book and a signed copy of Getting Off at Elysian Fields (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

Wellness:  Tim Wagner’s Sports Corner, Inc. ($25 gift certificate).

Tres Chic:  Liztech Jewelry (“Hope” pin – handcrafted and signed); Kohl’s – Stroudsburg ($25 gift card); The University of Scranton, University Advancement (basket of University ‘Swag’); Handmade, crocheted purse (courtesy of Patti Davis).

And More!:  Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery (three bottles of red wine);  Java City (coffee gift basket); Amazon ($50 gift card – courtesy of Charles Kratz).


AUGUST ~ Congratulations to Frances Stepkovitch of Archbald, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Roba Family Farms (four VIP admission tickets); The Schemel Forum (one annual couple membership); The University of Scranton Players (two theatre subscriptions).

Culinary Delights:  AV ($50 gift card);  Applebee’s ($25 gift certificate).

Wellness:  Total Hair Solutions: ($50 gift certificate); Uno Fitness (one 3-month membership).

And More!:  Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery (three bottles of red wine); Fidelity Bank (Coleman Roadtrip Grill).


Didn’t win this yet? That’s ok, because you still have TWO more chances!

 

To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816, or stop in the Library to fill one out.

 

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Thank you & good Luck!

Selections from the 25th Anniversary of the Library Friends Exhibit, Now Open

This June marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library in 1994. Since its inception, the Friends have worked tirelessly to promote the library through numerous donations and events, many of which are represented in our exhibit, currently on the 5th floor in the Heritage Room and seen in these photos. The exhibit is titled “Celebrating 25 Years of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library,” and will run until December 13. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.

The first meeting of the Friends of the Weinberg Library Advisory Committee, held on June 20, 1994.
Dr. Darlene Miller-Lanning, former Weinberg Librarian Joe Fennewald, Dean of the Library Charles Kratz, Jack Walsdorf, Dr. Josephine Dunn, and former President of the Weinberg Library Board Rev. Royden Davis, S.J., at the 1994 William Morris Exhibit reception.
2009 Distinguished Author Award winner William Bernhardt with Distinguished Author Award Committee Chair Jane Oppenheim, Dean of the Library Charles Kratz, former President of the Friends of the Weinberg Library Ann Moskovitz, current President of the Friends of the Weinberg Library Mary McDonald, and Friends of the Weinberg Library member Leo Moskovitz.
2013 Distinguished Author Award recipient Susan Campbell Bartoletti with Provost Hal Baillie, Friends of the Library Board Member and Distinguished Author Award Committee Co-Chair Phyllis Reinhardt, former University President Kevin Quinn, S.J., Vice President of the Friends of the Weinberg Library Board and Distinguished Author Co-Chair Gretchen Welby, and Dean of the Library Charles Kratz.
Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies with members of the 2007 Book & Plant Sale Committee Barb Evans, Ann Voorhees, and Phyllis Reinhardt.
2013 Book & Plant Sale Committee
Dr. Midori Yamanouchi, Friends of the Weinberg Library Board Member, with Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies and Dean of the Library Charles Kratz in 2013. Dr. Yamanouchi provided funding for the acquisition of a fine art facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
2015 Book & Plant Sale in the Heritage Room

Friends of the Weinberg Library 25th Anniversary Exhibit

 

This June marked the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library in 1994. Since its inception, the Friends have worked tirelessly to promote the library through such events as the Leaves of Class drawings, the annual book sale, and Distinguished Author Award dinners. They have purchased rare books and facsimiles, donating more than $75,000 to acquire more than 1240 books and other items for Special Collections as well as for the circulating and reference collections. The Friends have sponsored numerous other donations and events, many of which are represented in our exhibit, currently on the 5th floor in the Heritage Room. The exhibit is titled “Celebrating 25 Years of the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library,” and will run until December 13. For further information, contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies at 570-941-6341.