Monday, June 27, 2005





ANCESTRY LIBRARY CLASSES HELD
THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH *

The Reference Department of Albright Memorial Library is sponsoring FREE introductory classes in AncestryLibrary.com.

AncestryLibrary.com, one of our newest and most popular databases in the Reference Department, offers a searchable database of census records, passenger lists, birth and death records, and much, much more!

AncestryLibrary.com introduction classes are FREE with your valid Lackawanna County Library System Library Card.Classes are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6 P.M. in the computer lab in the basement of the Children's Library; classes usually last one hour.

*Reservations are required.To schedule for a class, please call the Reference Department at (570) 348-3000, ext. 3008 or email us at refdept@albright.org or stop by the Reference Desk to sign up in person.

Get back to your roots with AncestryLibrary.com

Don't Forget...


ALBRIGHT MEMORIAL LIBRARY WILL BE
CLOSED MONDAY,
JULY 4TH
FOUR NEW COMPUTERS ARRIVE IN REFERENCE


We have four new additional computers in the Reference Department, bringing it to a grand total of 29 thus far; six more are coming soon. And Internet "Self Check-In" is set to be in place in early Fall 2005. Posted by Hello
NEW BOOK:
"THE WORLD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FLAGS"

Another day, another new book.

The Reference Department has recently acquired another new book for the collections: "The World Encyclopedia of Flags: The Definitive Guide to International Flags, Banners, Standards and Ensigns." The book features tons of illustrations and histories of flags throughout the world--from state flags to country flags to peoples and causes.

The book is currently shelved on the "New Books" shelf in the Reference Department.Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 23, 2005

"LET'S TALK ABOUT FOOD"
David Rosengarten to appear at
Scranton Cultural Center July 11th

The Lackawanna County Library System presents
An Evening With
David Rosengarten
Monday, July 11th, 7 P.M.
Scranton Cultural Center
One of America's foremost experts on food, wine, and entertaining, host of Taste on The Food Channel, Gourmet Magazine restaurant critic and contributing editor, comes to Scranton for a lively evening of talk about a subject we all enjoy.
Admission is free for Lackawanna County Library System card holders. Tickets are available at the Circulation Desk, the Scranton Cultural Center box office or the Everhart Museum.Posted by Hello

"Do They Make Cliff Notes for ___________?"
Have you ever made a visit to our library and couldn't find the Cliff Notes for the book you're looking for? Kinda frustratin', huh?

An alternative you may want to try is a visit to our Reference Links under "Literature & Languages." There you will find two links that give "Cliff Note-like" overviews of major works of literature. They are:

1) Spark Notes (also available in print form at your favorite book store)

2) Classic Notes

Both sites, searchable by author or title, give book overviews, chapter and character analysis, and even a quiz at the end.

I must tell you that nothing replaces the joy and experience of reading a book (and we have lotsa books in our catalog at Albright Memorial Library); however; if it's 11 P.M. and you have a test on "A Tale of Two Cities" tomorrow and haven't gotten past "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times," Spark Notes (http://www.sparknotes.com/) and Classic Notes (http://www.gradesaver.com/ClassicNotes.html) may be right up your alley.
Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Ever Visit "Find A Grave?"


Find A Grave (available in our Reference Links under "Arts & Entertainment" and directly from http://www.findagrave.com/) is a very interesting web sites that lists gravesites for celebrities and common folk alike. From Greta Garbo to Terri Schiavo to Joe DiMaggio to Barbra Streisand (no, she's still alive, but she has her plot picked out and you can see the pictures, too), you can read brief biographies, view photos of gravestones, see posthumous reunions (as with the "I Love Lucy" cast), and even leave virtual flowers on "virtual graves" with most (but not all) of the listings (for example, Joan Crawford's virtual flowers section was removed because of frequent misuse---probably too many people writing "NO WIRE HANGERS!!!!!!!!!").

Check it out at http://www.findagrave.com/.Posted by Hello

Monday, June 20, 2005

Albright Memorial Library will be CLOSED on Monday, the


to celebrate Independence Day. Have a happy and safe July 4th. Posted by Hello

NEW BOOK: "Newberry & Caldecott Awards"


Once a year, the American Library Assocation (or ALA to us library folk) selects two books every year to receive its two prestigous awards--the Newberry Medal (first awarded in 1921) for best writing in a children's book, and the Caldecott Medal (first awarded in 1937) for best illustrations in a children's book.

ALA has published an updated 2005 edition of "The Newberry and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, " a reference guide that lists the names of the winners of each award (including the "honor books," or runners-up) and provides a brief description of each title.

"The Newberry and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books" is currently on display on the "New Books" shelf in the Reference Department.Posted by Hello

"WHERE DID THAT MESSAGE GO? HHHEEEEEELLLLLLPP!!!!"


Blogging is very new to me, and blogging may be new to you as well. So I just want to briefly illustrate the structure of this blog and why certain messages disappear over time.

With blogs, the most current posted messages appear at the top of the page, and the main page only allows for a certain number of messages to appear; therefore, as new messages are posted, older messages disappear into the monthly archives.

To access the older messages that no longer appear on the main page, simply look on the left-hand side of the blog and you will see a section titled "Archives." These archives will give all of the previously posted messages organized by month.

Any questions about the blog? Email us at refdept@albright.org
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NEW: "ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ISLAM AND THE MUSLIM WORLD"


The Reference Department has recently acquired the 2-volume "Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World." Aside from introducing the doctrinal, legal, social and spiritual ideas that inform the various traditions of Islam, this comprehensive encyclopedia is also one of the only major reference sources that discusses Islam's beliefs, practices, and traditions in cultural and political contexts. This fascinating encyclopedia is currently on display on the "New Books" shelf in the Reference Department.Posted by Hello

Thursday, June 16, 2005

NEW BOOK ALERT: "THE CELEBRITY BLACK BOOK, 2005 EDITION"


The Reference Department has just acquired "The Celebrity Black Book, 2005 Edition" for our collection. The book lists over 40,000 celebrity addresses for movie and TV stars, musicians, writers, athletes, and "anyone who is anyone." The book is currently on display on the "new books" shelf in the Reference Department. Posted by Hello

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

"YA KNOW THAT PULL-DOWN MAP OF SCRANTON IN REFERENCE?"


Posted by Hello
One item that everyone asks about when they come into the Reference Department is a large, rolled pull-down map of areas and streets of Lackawanna, Luzerne and Wyoming counties. It hangs by the atlas case and the Purdon's, right in front of the reference desk.

Would you like to buy your own copy? Actually, YOU CAN!!!! According to the map, it is available for purchase through a company called Universal Map (http://www.universalmap.com/splash/).

They even have a toll-free number:
1-800-210-6277
AND
1-800-359-MAPS (6277).

Blogmaster Bill (AKA "The Library Guy") and fellow Reference staff member Michele workin' a Wednesday night in the Reference Department. Posted by Hello

NEW BOOK: "ON DOING LOCAL HISTORY"


LOTS AND LOTSA NEW BOOKS!!

Ya know, local historians love us and we, in turn, love local historians. So what says "lovin'" better than a present?

We've just received a new book for the Reference Department titled "On Doing Local History" by Carol Kammen. This revised Second Edition of the text provides information on researching local history and even touches on topics such as censorship and revision of history. "On Doing Local History" is available for viewing and leisure reading in the Reference Department on the "New Books" shelf. So get your hoes and shovels and let Carol Kammen guide you as you start digging into the past (remind me to stop the puns).Posted by Hello

Monday, June 13, 2005

NEW ACQUISITION: "NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE OCCULT"


NEW BOOK ALERT!!!!! Recently added to our reference collection is John Michael Greer's New Encyclopedia of the Occult. Greer, an occult scholar and practitioner, with the assistance of hundreds of experts in the field, has created a resource with over 1,500 entries (ranging from tarot to astrological signs to Kabbalah ) that will "mystify" you (sorry for the bad pun). For a truly enlightening and "bewitching" experience (I'm sorry for that bad pun, too), stop by the Reference Department and browse the New Encyclopedia of the Occult, located on the "New Books" shelf. Posted by Hello

ATTENTION, GENEALOGISTS! WE NOW HAVE HERITAGEQUEST ONLINE!


Our Reference Department has recently acquired a subscription to Heritage Quest Online. Because of the overwhelming popularity of AncestryLibrary (see information about classes below), we have added HeritageQuest Online to our growing collection of databases. HeritageQuest Online features census records, full-text books of family histories and local histories, revolutionary War records, and much more. So the next time you climb your family tree, try the branch labelled "HeritageQuest Online," now available on the computers in the Reference Department. Posted by Hello

Friday, June 10, 2005

ICE CREAM SUNDAES (OR IS IT SUNDAYS?)


The Albright Memorial Library will be hosting "Ice Cream Sundaes" in front of the library on Sunday, July 10th and Sunday, August 21st (Root Beer Floats) from 2:30-4:00 PM. Free ice cream...AND YOU CAN EAT AT THE LIBRARY (well...at least in front of it). All are welcome. Posted by Hello

"FOLK ART: A MIRROR ON AMERICAN AND AFRICAN LIVES" Continues This Weekend

This weekend continues the month-long "FOLK ART: A MIRROR ON AMERICAN AND AFRICAN LIVES."

Pieces from the Everhart Museum's American and African Folk Art collection will form the basis of lecture/discussion programs at seven libraries in Lackawanna County on the impact and role of folk arts in interpreting and understanding everyday life.

Abington Community Library hosts "African Masquerades" Friday, June 10 at 7:00 P.M.

The Everhart Museum will be offering a guided tour of their American Folk Art and African Art galleries on Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 P.M.

The Scranton Cultural Center will be the setting for "Defining Folk, Defining Art: Defining Folk Art through the Lens of Community" on Thursday, June 30 at 7 P.M. With Susan D. Kleckner of The Antiques Roadshow.

For a fill listing of events, please visit http://www.lackawannacountylibrarysystem.org/announce.htm

Thursday, June 09, 2005



ANCESTRY LIBRARY CLASSES HELD THE FIRST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH *

The Reference Department of Albright Memorial Library is sponsoring FREE introductory classes in AncestryLibrary.com. AncestryLibrary.com, one of our newest and most popular databases in the Reference Department, offers a searchable database of census records, passenger lists, birth and death records, and much, much more!

AncestryLibrary.com introduction classes are FREE with your valid Lackawanna County Library System Library Card.Classes are held the first Wednesday of each month at 6 P.M. in the computer lab in the basement of the Children's Library; classes usually last one hour.


*Reservations are required.To schedule for a class, please call the Reference Department at (570) 348-3000, ext. 3008 or email us at refdept@albright.org

Get back to your roots with AncestryLibrary.com

Posted by Hello

Our Town by Thorton Wilder, one of the two books featured in the 2005 "Scranton Reads! One City, One Book!" For more information, visit http://www.scrantonreads.org/
Posted by Hello

The Crucible by Arthur Miller, one of the two books featured in the 2005 "Scranton Reads! One City, One Book!." For more information, visit http://www.scrantonreads.org/
Posted by Hello

"Scranton Read: One City, One Book!" has announced the books (YES, BOOKS with an S!!!) for 2005. The selections are the plays "Our Town" by Thorton Wilder and "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller. Kicking off in October, this year's events include a kick-off party, various performances of both plays (some events will be held in the reference department) , and a trip to Salem, Massachusetts from September 24th to the 25th. For more information on this wonderful citywide reading event, visit http://www.scrantonreads.org/

Posted by Hello

"LIBRARY GUY" LIBRARY MINUTE NOW AIRING ON CHANNEL 61

Currently airing on Channel 61 is the latest "Library Minute," which features "Bill, the Library Guy." Watch this wacky dork demonstrate the Access Pennsylvania Power Library database, available at home with your Lackawanna County Library System library card. You can also use Access PA on any of the computers at any library of the Lackawanna County Library System. The database includes full-text magazine articles, an auto repair manual, e-books, children's databases, and much more. For more information, visit http://www.albright.org