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.

Leaves of Class XXI – June Winner!

JUNE ~ Congratulations to Donna Rupp of Scranton, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Anthracite Heritage Museum (four museum tickets); Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library (two tickets to the Distinguished Author Award dinner); Kalahari Resorts & Conventions ($100 gift card); Wildflower Music Festival (six flex tics).

Culinary Delights:  Serafina ($25 gift certificate); The Loading Dock Bar & Grill ($15 gift certificate); Wegmans ($100 gift card); Zummo’s ($20 gift card).

Tres Chic:  N.B. Levy’s Jewelers ($50 gift certificate).

Wellness:  Uno Fitness (one 3-month membership); The Naked Angel Co. (summer fragrance gift basket).

And More!:  Something Old & Something New Marketplace (large decorative bowl and small red glass bowl); Sorrenti Family Estate (two bottles of wine, 2 wine glasses, and napkins in a traveling tote bag);  American Express ($50 gift card – courtesy of Letha Reinheimer).

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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.

To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

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Good Luck!

Leaves of Class XXI – April Winner!

APRIL ~ Congratulations to Eileen Dammer of Clarks Summit, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle (two tickets to The Haunting of Hill House – May 30, 31, June 1-9); Electric City Trolley Station & Museum (two admissions to the trolley excursion & museum); Montage Mountain Resorts (four summer passes); The Dietrich Theater (one movie gift bag).

Culinary Delights:  Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Gold Crown Pizza ($25 gift certificate); Krispy Kreme (gift basket); Metz Culinary Management (TGI Fridays – $25 gift card); The New Café at Greystone Gardens ($20 gift card); Serafina ($25 gift certificate); P.J.’s 1910 Pub at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center ($25 gift certificate); LongHorn Steakhouse ($25 gift card).

Tres Chic:  Nada & Co. ($50 gift certificate).

Wellness:  Uno Fitness (one 3-month membership); Total Hair Solutions ($50 gift certificate towards manicure & pedicure); Studio RD & Co. Salon and Spa ($25 gift certificate).

And More!:  Lackawanna Heritage Valley (basket of gifts – hat, guide, travel mug and more in a beautiful tote bag); Wine (two bottles – courtesy of Debra Pellegrino); Woodstock garden wind chime  (courtesy of Charles Kratz).

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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.

 To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XXI – March Winner!

MARCH ~ Congratulations to Erin Feeney of Clarks Summit, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle (one set of 2 tickets to Pygmalion – Apr 25-28, May 2-5); Scranton Fringe Festival (two 2019 Storyslam Season Passes).

Culinary Delights:  Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Domino’s (one gift certificate for a 1-topping pizza); Downtown Victoria’s Café ($25 gift certificate).

Wellness:  Glenmaura National Golf Club (four complimentary greens & cart fees – weekday only); Medicus Express Care (140 item emergency first aid kit).

Memberships: Greater Scranton YMCA (3-month family membership).

And More!: Jerry’s For All Seasons ($25 gift card); Something Old & Something New Marketplace (matching necklace, earrings and ring set); Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery (3 bottles of red wine).

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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.

 To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

 

Leaves of Class XXI – February Winner!

FEBRUARY ~ Congratulations to Tim & Aggie Holland of Moosic, who won the following prizes:

Entertainment:  Actors Circle (two tickets to The Clean House – Mar 21 – 31);  Broadway Theatre League of NEPA (two tickets to the opening night of Finding Neverland – May 31);  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);  Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (two orchestra seats to the Masterworks Performance : Inspired by Nature at the Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College – Fri., April 5 at 8 p.m.); F.M. Kirby Center (4 movie passes).

Culinary Delights:  Aramark (25 free coffee or café beverage gift certificates); Cuppa Cake Café ($20 gift card for one dozen mini cupcakes); Abbiocco ($25 gift certificate); Angelo’s ($25 gift certificate); Domino’s (1 gift certificate for a 1-topping pizza);  Olive Garden ($25 gift card – courtesy of Charles Kratz).

Tres Chic: Handmade necklace and bracelet in a keepsake glass box (courtesy of Patti Davis).

Wellness:  LAVISH (special beauty basket); Pro Fitness Club (gift basket with 3-month membership (New Adult); 1-month unlimited AR Fitness Training; water bottle, key clip, planner, ear buds, and more).

Memberships:  Everhart Museum (one family membership).

And More!:  Franklin Hill Vineyards (2 bottles of wine).

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

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR CHANCES ONLINE!  (Services charges will apply.) Or stop in the Library to fill one out.

 To request mailed brochures, contact Kym Balthazar Fetsko – kym.fetsko@scranton.edu, 570.941.7816.

Thank you & good Luck!

Leaves of Class XXI – January Winner!

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).