Tuesday, October 25, 2005


ALBRIGHT MEMORIAL LIBRARY
WILL BE CLOSED
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH
IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERANS DAY

To learn more about Veterans Day, click here.

For a full list of our library's holiday closings,

Thursday, October 20, 2005


PC Reservation has been in place in the Reference Department for about two months and the feedback from patrons has been overwhelmingly positive.

However, as with any new system, there has been a few questions and concerns about certain aspects of the new procedure--particularly wait time when all of the computer in the department (or a specific room) are filled.

Below are a couple of suggestions to look at when these situations arise.

*During busy times, it is best to select “ANY” instead of a specific room. Selecting a specific room when all of the computers in that room are busy means you will be assigned a computer in that room with a specific wait time.

*Before you click “Accept Reservation” after selecting a computer, check the screen to see if you have a wait time.

*If you make a reservation, your reservation is for a specific computer assigned to you. If another computer user chooses to log out early, you will not be able to log onto that computer if you already have a reservation. Please be patient when you make a computer reservation and all the computers are in use.

*Click the “DONE” button when you are finished using the computer.

*Please throw away your computer receipts when you are done. There are garbage cans both by the PC Reservation station and outside of the entrance to the Reference Department.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Friday, October 14, 2005



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W.S. MERWIN:
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
IS A SCRANTON NATIVE
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Poet W.S. Merwin, who grew up in Scranton, PA, has been nominated for the 2005 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection Migration: New and Selected Poems. This is the eighth National Book Award nomination for W.S. Merwin, a Pulitzer Prize winner (1971 for The Carrier of Ladders) whose career as a poet and translator spans five decades.

As a boy, Merwin lived in Scranton before his family moved to Union City, NJ. He attended West Scranton High School and Abraham Lincoln Public School in the city of Scranton. He has said many of his poems were drawn from his childhood here. Merwin returned to Scranton in 1983 to read from his works in a poetry series sponsored by the Friends of the Scranton Public Library.

We have several of Mr. Merwin's poetry collection listed in the library catalog. Our Local History collection in the Reference Department includes a newspaper clippings file on Mr. Merwin, including a 1994 Scranton Times article detailing his winning a $100,000 Tanning Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

The Reference Department staff wishes Mr. Merwin the best of luck in his nomination for the National Book Award.


The Reference Department looks a little different than it did this time last year because the aisle where the Local History collection used to be has been dismantled.

Don't fret! The Local History collection is now housed in the aisle directly opposite to where it used to be (right behind the cabinets containing the Scranton newspapers on microfilm). There you will find the local history and genealogy book collections, as well as our archives of both the Scranton Directory and the Scranton Cross-Reference Directory.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

"AAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY"

THE FONZ COMES TO SCRANTON

Actor/director Henry Winkler, the star of "Happy Days"
and the new sitcom "Out of Practice,"
will speak about his books for children
Saturday, November 5, at 7 p.m.
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Admission is free
with your Lackawanna County Library System library card!
Just show your card at the Circulation Desk for a ticket.
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For more information, see here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

OCTOBER 1-31, 2005


http://www.scrantonreads.org



NEW BOOK:
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MARK WILSON'S
COMPLETE COURSE IN MAGIC
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Recently added to the Reference collection is Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic. A reknowned magician in his own right (he even starred in network television's first weekly magic series, Magic Land of Allakazam, which aired for two years on CBS and three years on ABC networks), Wilson firmly believes that anyone with an interest in magic have a right to know its secrets.
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The book features step-by-step instruction for numerous card tricks, illusions, and even "mental magic."
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Mark Wilson's Complete Course in Magic is currently on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department. In a few months, it will be shelved on the regular reference shelf under the call number:
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REF
793.8
WILSON
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For more information on Mark Wilson, visit his website by clicking here.