Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Library was formed in 1994 to support The University of Scranton’s new library and to provide cultural outreach to the Northeastern Pennsylvania community. Today’s libraries face the challenge of strengthening collections that reflect the history of ideas while building collections and programs that reflect the present and serve as gateways to the future. During the past twenty years, the Friends of the Library have supported this effort by building an Endowment, by adding to the Library's collections, and by sponsoring programs of interest to the community.  The Friends’ programs have heightened community awareness of the Library’s resources while the Friends’ gifts to the Library have enriched its collections, furnishings and services.  Members of our Friends group have enjoyed fellowship and friendship with those who value the importance of libraries and learning. And they have had a special opportunity to help the University and Library attain their goal of excellence.

In 1997, the Friends of the Weinberg Library established its Distinguished Author Award Series to reach the hearts of booklovers in our community and to provide a glimpse into the inner most hearts of writers.  Annually, the Friends of the Library recognize and honor the work of fiction or non-fiction authors and invite authors to our campus to share their literary pursuits and impressions with our academic community and our friends in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  During its Twentieth Anniversary year, the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library are excited to announce that National Book Award winning author, Colum McCann will receive the 2014 Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award on Saturday, October 18, 2014. 

I am indebted greatly to all of the Friends of the Library Board members and many volunteers who have worked tirelessly to achieve the organization’s countless successes—from the establishment of the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Awards series in 1997, to the Friends’ annual Leaves of Class Raffle, to the Friends’ annual book sale, and to the Friends’ many program and exhibits.

Please join us for the Distinguished Author Award event on October 18, 2014 and become a member of The University of Scranton’s Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

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You too can help us champion the critical role of libraries in today’s society. 

Charles E. Kratz,
Dean of the Library & Information Fluency,
Weinberg Memorial Library
January 27, 2014