Wednesday, December 28, 2005

LIBRARIES IN CRISIS

From the desk of Library Administrator Mary Garm:

Dear Friends and Library Users:

Since the devastating state budgets cuts of 2003-2004, our libraries have struggled to provide the best possible service, despite a shortage of funds. Increases in local funding passed by the Lackawanna County Commissioners in their 2005 budget have made a difference, but the fact remains that Lackawanna County libraries today receive nearly $250,000 less in state funding than we did in 2003.

Please take a few minutes today to write to Governor Rendell, in advance of his budget address early in February. Tell him your stories of how you use your library and let him know how vital increased state dollars are to you and your family. Thank the Governor for the modest funding increases he has supported over the past couple of years and urge him to fund libraries at a level of no
less than $75 million (the 2003 budget) in his next budget.

Please send your letters to:

Honorable Edward G. Rendell
Governor

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
225 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(A web-based form is available at:
http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Governor/govmail.html)

Also, please send copies of your letters to these three key administration decision-makers:

Secretary Michael Masch
Office of the Budget and Administration
238 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Secretary Donna Cooper
Office of Planning and Policy

238 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Secretary Gerald Zahorchak
Department of Education

10th Floor
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126

Thank you for your support. Best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Mary O. Garm
Administrator
Lackawanna County Library System


Monday, December 26, 2005

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2006
WEEKEND HOURS
FOR THE REFERENCE DEPARTMENT

Below are the holiday hours
for the Reference Department
for the upcoming New Year’s Eve 2006 weekend:

Saturday, December 31st, 2005
New Year’s Eve
9 AM – 5 PM (regular hours)

Sunday, January 1st, 2006
CLOSED

Monday, January 2nd, 2006
CLOSED

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006
9 AM – 9 PM (regular hours)


Buttons for First Night Scranton on December 31, 2005
are still available at various locations for only $8.00.


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For an EXTRA New Year's treat,
Click here to hear
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The Reference Department
wishes you a
SAFE, HEALTHY, and HAPPY NEW YEAR
2006

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

LIBRARY’S HOLIDAY WEEKEND
SCHEDULE UPDATE
Friday, December 23rd
The Reference Department will close at 3 PM
AND
the Albright Memorial Library will close at 4 PM

Saturday, December 24th
CLOSED

Sunday, December 25th
CLOSED


Monday, December 26th
9 AM-9 PM (regular hours)

Also, don't forget the Holiday Boutique at the
Albright Memorial Library
is still open.

For an EXTRA holiday treat,
click here to hear Lou Monte sing

The Reference Department wishes you
the warmest and happiest of holiday seasons.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

PROVIDENCE BRANCH
TO CLOSE AT END OF YEAR

The Providence Branch Library will cease operation
effective Friday, December 30, 2005.

Library patrons are requested to use:

Albright Memorial Library
(Wyoming Ave and Green Ridge Street)

Bookmobile
(click here for a schedule of stops)

Patrons unable to get to these facilities may call the library at 348-3013 to register for the Books-By-Mail program.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

"A SHINING EXAMPLE"
From the desk of our Library Administrator Mary Garm:

“The
Scranton Times acknowledged the long record of success achieved by the Lackawanna County Library System in an editorial on Sunday.”

The editorial is titled “County System One for the Books.”

Thanks to Mary Garm for this reference.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Albright Memorial Library
will be closed on
Saturday, December 24th
and Sunday, December 25th
for the holidays. The Reference Department
wishes you the warmest and happiest
of holiday seasons.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE AT
ALBRIGHT MEMORIAL LIBRARY
*

Albright Memorial Library’s Holiday Boutique is now open for business. The library is offering holiday- and library-themed gifts that will satisfy every member of your library-loving families. Items available are listed below:

Albright Memorial Library
Pewter Ornament
$10.00


Albright Memorial Library
Tote Bag
$6.00

Holiday Sweatshirt
(sizes small-xxl)
$5.00

Friends of the
Scranton Public Library Note Cards
$4.00

First Night Scranton Passes
Before 12/25 $8.00
After 12/25
$10.00

BOOKS:

Scranton Reads 2005
“Our Town” and “The Crucible”
$10.00 each or 2/$15.00

Scranton Reads 2004
“Children of Willesden Lane”
with VHS or DVD copy of Mona Golabek’s
concert at Scranton High School
October 20, 2004
$20.00
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER


Images of America:
Italians of NEPA
$20.00

Images of America: Scranton
$20.00

Cultural Gems
$20.00


Gateway to the Clouds
$20.00
***
"Gateway to the Clouds"
was recently featured in the
Reference Department Blog.
***

Laurel Line
$39.95


Items are on display in the lobby. All items are available
for purchase at the Circulation Desk.


*Pick you a FREE “2005 Downtown Scranton Holiday Coupon Book” for a “20% off selected items coupon” for the Albright Memorial Library Holiday Boutique. FREE coupon books are available at the Circulation Desk.


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For an extra holiday treat, click here to hear Bing Crosby's rendition of Winter Wonderland, written by Honesdale native Richard (Dick) B. Smith
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Season’s Greetings and Warmest Wishes for a
Happy Holiday Season

Photo by Brian Stone