Published: April 28, 2016
Arts and Life Correspondent
The Weinberg Memorial Library is hosting a book and plant sale this weekend.
A special preview sale, only open to students, Weinberg Memorial Library Friends members and Schemel Forum members- opens Friday from 4-9 p.m. The sale then continues on Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 4 p.m.
There will be a 50/50 raffle, a tag sale and refreshments courtesy of Java City. Donations are still welcome if the books are in good condition. No royal will be taken for payment, only cash, check and credit cards.
Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Endowment. The endowment has been funding special topic events, book collections, furnishings and services since 1994.
The 26-year-old library is built on donations and good will. It started with the $6 million donation from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. According to an old clipping from Robert Curran of the then Scrantonian-Tribune, $5 million were purposely set aside for the new library.
Later that year, Edward B. Fiske, then the author of the bestselling Fiske Guide to Colleges and education editor for the New York Times, announced another donation of $100,000 from the New York Times Foundation. The foundation was a grant-making and matching gift program. It was suspended in 2009 because of severe economic losses.
The University raised another $7 million from alumni, friends, corporations and foundations. The University paid for the rest of the cost. The funding for the building totaled around $13.3 million dollars. This may seem like a lot, but it was a different economic time then. Compare it to the final price tag for the newest edition to The University, Edward Leahy Hall at $47.5 million.
Throughout the year, the Heritage Room hosts various exhibits including displays of artifacts and documents from the University’s archives and special collections, showcases of faculty scholarship and University alumni authors, and the library’s Environmental Art Show.
If you are interested in becoming a friend of the library, there is a student membership for only $10. With this you get a 10 percent discount at the bookstore except for the purchase of textbooks, invitations to lectures, exhibits and cultural and social events, and obviously you get your name mentioned in The University’s annual Donor Report.
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