Media Attention for the Mutiny on the Bounty Exhibit

Mutiny on the Bounty Exhibit Blog PostAlthough the mutiny on the Bounty will always stand as a signal event in maritime history, the circumstances surrounding the mutiny have been clouded by early attacks on Lieutenant William Bligh and by motion pictures, which portrayed him as a tyrant.

In celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Mutiny on the Bounty, the Weinberg Memorial Library is presenting an exhibit on the topic drawn from the collection of University benefactor and alumnus Edward R. Leahy.

The exhibit is on display in the 5th Floor Heritage Room until April 17th and has already received positive media attention.

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On March 18th, Erika Funke interviewed Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies about the exhibit for WVIA’s ArtScene. Ms. Funke also provides an overview of the Mutiny on the Bounty as it’s been depicted in film. You can listen to the interview on the WVIA website.




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The  exhibit is also featured in a blog post by Rebecca Rego Barry for Fine Books & Collections magazine.  She highlights a couple of the rare books from Mr. Leahy’s collection that are currently on display as part of the exhibit.


On April 9th at 5:30pm, Edward Leahy will speak on The Mutiny on the Bounty: Myth and Fact in the Library’s 5th floor Heritage Room with a reception to follow. The talk is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. The event is cosponsored by the Schemel Forum and the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.

We invite everyone to explore the exhibit, which is on display until Thursday, April 17th in the 5th floor Heritage Room during regular Library hours.  For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies, 570-941-6341.

English Professor to Particpate in StorySlam

I’m a big fan of storytelling.  I’ve been doing it ever since I convinced my second grade class that Susan Lucci was my birth mother.  So when I heard that Scranton would soon have its own StorySlam, I was very excited.  Started by Abington Heights Senior, Madeline Zoe McNichols, StorySlam is an homage to New York City’s legendary storytelling series, The Moth.  Participants must tell a TRUE story in five minutes or less.  What you get, is a blend of memoir, performance, poetry, and laughter.   Tonight, University of Scranton’s, Dr. Michael Friedman, will be taking the stage in Slam in the Summit: What Doesn’t Kill You.    Come out and show your support for Dr. Friedman and all of the storytellers!

slamWhat:  Scranton StorySlam Presents: Slam in the Summit.  Theme:  What Doesn’t Kill You.

Where:  The Clarks Summit Borough Building, 304 S. State Street, Clarks Summit

When: Tonight at 7PM

Cost:  Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item.




Join Us Tonight for Shun Li and the Poet

The International Film Series presents the award-winning drama Shun Li and the Poet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Professor Allison Lai will lead a discussion following the film.

Directed by Andrea Segre, Shun Li and the Poet is in Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles.

This event is free and open to the public.

Monday 3/31 – An American in Paris: Straddling Two Educational Cultures

Schemel Schenck Blog
Join us on Monday 3/31 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
President of the American University in Paris

“An American in Paris: Straddling Two Educational Cultures”

Dr. Schenck speaks from her 25 years’ experience as an American educator in Paris on the profound differences between the French/European university system and the American one. She will discuss the public/private divide; differences in faculty status and governance; the constraints of labor relations and the different organization of degree programs and student services in the US and abroad. Political and cultural differences between French and American culture will also be discussed.

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 5th floor

RSVP Here or email

Celebrating Our Towns: Lackawanna County Centennial Books and Community Histories

Our friends over at the Lackawanna Valley Digital Archives (LVDA) have just announced a new digital collection of local history materials:

Celebrating Our Towns—Lackawanna County Centennial Books and Community Histories is a collection of books honoring Lackawanna county towns, townships, boroughs, cities and areas.  These books were published by local authors and centennial groups to celebrate their towns.  This wonderful collection was made possible by a grant from the Willary Foundation.

One of our favorites is the Historical Booklet and Guide from Scranton’s Diamond Jubilee and Centennial celebration in 1941. Nearby towns represented in the collection include Archbald, Carbondale, Clarks Summit, Dunmore, Olyphant, and Throop, among several others.

Monday, 3/24 – Obama and the World in Historical Perspective

Schemel Logevall BlogJoin us on Monday 3/24 for a
Schemel Forum World Affairs Luncheon
with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
Fredrik Logevall

“Obama and the World in Historical Perspective”

How should we judge Barack Obama’s foreign policy as he approaches the midpoint of his second term? And how does he compare to his predecessors in his approach to the world? In this lecture Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall places Obama’s foreign policy in historical context, with particular attention to Wilsonianism.

Noon to 1:30pm, Brennan Hall, Rose Room, 5th floor

RSVP Here or email

Spotlight on Student Workers: Gabrielle Gorton

Gabby Gorton

It’s no surprise that Gabrielle Gorton is this week’s featured student worker.  Gabby has only worked in the Special Collections Department for about a year, but the Library is grateful for all of her hard work on a variety of projects.

Gabby has assisted with processing negatives from the Terry and Paula Connors Photograph Collection and has also accessioned files from the Office of the Provost into the Archives.  Last spring Gabby volunteered at the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale. Her major project at the moment is helping Special Collections Librarian Michael Knies organize his research that he gathered from the British National Library while on sabbatical in January.

Gabby is an Early Childhood Education major, and this semester she is completing a field placement in a first grade classroom. She is involved in various education clubs on campus and plans to graduate in the fall after finishing her student teaching placement.  Her outgoing and ambitious nature, along with her passion for education, will certainly prove valuable in a successful teaching career.

As an outdoor enthusiast Gabby loves horseback riding and camping, but currently most of her free time is spent excitedly planning her upcoming October wedding.

Gabby enjoys how friendly and helpful the Library staff is.  Her recommendation for other students is to take the time to become familiar with the Library and the many resources that it offers.

Thank you, Gabby, for all of your support to the Library!

Vinyl LPs For Sale at The Weinberg


I like the portability of digital music, but a recent donation of vinyl LPs to the library has me waxing nostalgic.
Beyond the superior sound quality of an LP over an MP3, what I really like about an album is the give and take between listener and music, the lesson it teaches.
A record needs to be taken care of, looked after.
You need to keep it clean, dust it, handle it carefully; the slightest slip leaves a scar, too much sun or too much heat make it wilt.
The interaction of gravity’s weight against the groove is like life’s path.
The surface noise of nicks and scratches, the occasional skip; they all fade into the music … become a part of it — the price we pay for living full.
The beauty/the imperfection. The fragile/the eternal.
And they’re pretty cheap, too!  Stop by and take one for a spin!

All proceeds benefit Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library.