Thursday, February 23, 2006

ANCIENT ART: WORD & IMAGE
at the

Saturdays, February 25, March 25, & April 22, 2006
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

RECEIVE A DISCOUNT WITH YOUR LIBRARY CARD!
Fee: $10 / class; $8 / class with Lackawanna County Library Card


Did you know the first language was written with pictures? Have you wondered if illuminated manuscripts truly used real gold? Come to the Everhart to explore the link between word and image.

During these workshop, you will use artifacts from the collection to study the history and techniques of communication, as well as dabble in ancient art forms.

Recommended for high school students and adults. Supported by the Lackawanna County Office of Education and Culture.

For more information or to register, go to www.everhart-museum.org.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006


2 EXTRA DAYS TO
FILE YOUR TAXES

Much thanks to Ernie R. for informing me that taxes are due MONDAY, APRIL 17TH, 2006 as opposed to Saturday, April 15TH, 2006.

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From Chase's Calendar of Events 2006, page 229 (call no. REF 394.26 CHASES 2006):

INCOME TAX PAY DAY: THIS IS REALLY IT! April 17. Taxpayers get a temporary reprieve this year. Since April 15 fell on a Saturday, we all have two extra days to procrastinate. But now it's time to face the music and pay the piper - get those returns in the mail by midnight!

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Do you still need a tax form that we don’t currently have at the library?
Try the links below:


FEDERAL TAX FORMS


PENNSYLVANIA TAX FORMS


OUT-OF-STATE TAX FORMS

FTA State Tax Forms Page includes links to tax forms from all 50 states.

SCRANTON CITY TAX FORMS

OTHER TAX LINKS

These and other helpful websites about taxes are also available on the Online Resources page under the category "Tax Forms & Information."

Don’t forget the deadline
to file your taxes is
Monday, April 17th!

Please excuse our appearance, which is due to ongoing rearranging and repairs.

Local History, Genealogy, & Times-Tribune microfilm have been relocated. Please ask at the Reference Desk for new locations.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA:
IMMIGRATION IN U.S. HISTORY

Just added to the Reference collection is the 2-volume encyclopedia Immigration in U.S. History by Carl L. Bankston III and Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo.

To read a full description from publisher Salem Press, Inc., click here.

Immigration in U.S. History is currently on display on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department. The call number is:

REF
304.873
IMMIGRA

Monday, February 13, 2006

GOOD NEWS REGARDING
LIBRARY FUNDING

From the desk of Library Administrator Mary Garm:

Dear Friends,

Good news from Harrisburg! Governor Rendell has proposed $75.5 million for next year's public library subsidy. If approved by the Pennsylvania legislature , this would represent an increase of $14.1 million over our current funding which amounts to a 23% boost. This would also stand out as the largest state investment ever for public library services.

We know that this could not have happened without the letters and emails that you have sent to Harrisburg in recent weeks. Please take a moment now to thank Governor Rendell for proposing a $75.5 million state investment in public library services. For his address and other information on the budget process, see www.lclshome.org.

Thanks for your support!

Mary Garm, Administrator
Lackawanna County Library System

Thursday, February 09, 2006


REFERENCE DEPARTMENT
AND LACKAWANNA COUNTY
LIBRARY SYSTEM
GO
WIRELESS

From the desk of IT Head Scott T:

All libraries in the Lackawanna County Library System are now Wi-Fi Hot Spots. This means that patrons who have laptops with wireless capabilty will be able to connect to the Internet without staff intervention. A library card is not required to use this service.

Much thanks to Scott T. for the scoop.



MULTI GRAMMY WINNER
JOHN LEGEND HAS
A LOCAL CONNECTION

Did you know that John Legend, who won three Grammy Awards this week, has a connection to Scranton?

From 1995 to 2004, Mr. Legend held a nine-year tenure as choir director, pianist and head of the music department at Bethel AME Church in Scranton, Pennsylvania (716 North Washington Ave).

He left his position in 2004 to work on his major label debut solo album Get Lifted, which has sold over one million copies.

On Wednesday, February 8th, 2006, Legend won the Grammy Awards for Best New Artist, Best R&B Album, and Best R&B Male Performance.

Excellent job, John!

UPDATE: Scranton Times/Tribune Josh McAuliffe wrote an article about John Legend that includes interviews with his former choir members and others who knew him when he was at Bethel AME Church in Scranton. The article appears in today's (Friday, February 10th, 2006, pages A1 and A5) issue of the Scranton Times/Tribune. Read the full-text of the article by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

MICHAEL FINE
FROM
LAKE ARIEL
NOMINATED FOR
GRAMMY AWARD

Wednesday night, you can bet that all of us at Albright Memorial Library will be cheering for Lake Ariel resident Michael Fine, who is nominated for the Grammy Award for Classical Producer of the Year. The 48th Annual Grammy Awards will be handed out live on Wednesday night (February 8th) at 8 PM and will air LIVE on CBS (locally on WYOU).

Michael and his wife Tammy own Fine Sound Productions in Lake Ariel, PA; Fine Sound Productions offers recording production services, consulting and career counseling.

Mr. Fine, who was also the recipient of the 1992 Grammy Award for Classical Producer of the Year (he was also nominated in 1990), has produced artists such as Cecilia Bartoli and Andrea Bocelli. Several albums he has produced have also won Grammys and other numerous awards.

The
Scranton Times-Tribune has published an article about Mr. Fine titled Grandpa Behind Grammy in Tuesday's issue. Click here to read the full text of "Grandpa Behind Grammy."

The Reference Department congratulates
Michael Fine on his Grammy nomination for Classical Producer of the Year and wishes him the best of luck at Wednesday night’s Grammy Awards.

An extra special thanks to
Mr. Michael Fine for allowing me to use his photo in our blog.

Monday, February 06, 2006


TAX FORMS! TAX FORMS!
I NEED MY TAX FORMS!

Do you need a tax form that we don’t currently have at the library?
Try the links below:

FEDERAL TAX FORMS



PENNSYLVANIA TAX FORMS

OUT-OF-STATE TAX FORMS

FTA State Tax Forms Page includes links to tax forms from all 50 states.

SCRANTON CITY TAX FORMS


OTHER TAX LINKS

These and other helpful websites about taxes are also available on the Online Resources page under the category "Tax Forms & Information."


Don’t forget the deadline to file your taxes is Monday, April 17th!


REFERENCE DEPARTMENT
WILL BE CLOSED ON
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH
FOR PRESIDENTS' DAY

For biographies of all 43 Presidents that have served in office, click here.

For more information on Presidents' Day, click here.



NEW BOOK:
SPIRIT OF LIGHT

Recently added to the Local History collection is Spirit of Light: The Collected Works of Sister Cor Immaculatum Heffernan. I.H.M.

The book is a collection of photographs of sculptures and other religious art created by Sister Cor that have been inspired by great works of art throughout over the world.

Spirit of Light is currently on display on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department. The call number is:

LOCAL HISTORY
730.9748
HEFFERN

There are also three copies of the book in libraries throughout the Lackawanna County Library System that can be checked out. The call number for the circulating copies is:

730.9748
HEFFERN

For more information on Sister Cor and a web presentation of some of her sculptures, visit her website at http://www.sistercor.com/

Saturday, February 04, 2006


NEW BOOK:
AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE
WYOMING VALLEY:
1778-1990

Just added to the Local History collection is African-Americans in the Wyoming Valley, 1778-1990 by Emerson I. Moss.
Published by the Wyoming Historical and Genealogical Society and the Wilkes University Press, the book details African-American history in the Wyoming Valley - including family, social, religious, political and educational remembrances. The book also includes over 40 historic photographs.
African-Americans in the Wyoming Valley, 1778-1990 is currently on display on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department. The call number is:

LOCAL HISTORY
305.8
AFRI

UPDATE 2-28-06 Tom Long,a staff writer at the Citizens' Voice, recently published an article about the book and Emerson I. Moss. Click here to read the full-text.

NEW BOOK:
MINER WISDOM

Recently added to the Local History collection is Miner Wisdom by Stephen A. Wzorek.

From the rear cover:

Miner Wisdom depicts the many ways greed harms innocent people and strips land of its natural beauty.
The story describes the hardships endured by a Polish immigrant family as they leave their homeland to travel across the sea to what they hope will be a better life. Throughout their journey they must overcome many hurdles to finally make a life in America.
The family settles into a little mining village where twelve-year-old Steve finds himself caught up in everyday conversations with local townspeople, who are disturbed with the deceit brought about by the different business organizations, what they are doing to the environment, and the unfair treatment of the miner and his family, as the owners made big profits.
He learns all be can about the mining industry so he can be part of solving problems faced by the miner.
As he later becomes educated as an engineer he is looked upon as an icon in the coal-mining arena when he is expected to use his experience and ingenuity in saving the region from a catastrophe.
Few books consider the subculture, condition, and general landscape of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Miner Wisdom's setting alone is unique and captivating.

Miner Wisdom is currently on display on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department. The call number is:

LOCAL HISTORY
338.4762
WZOREK

There are also three copies circulating throughout the Lackawanna County Library system that can be checked out or placed on hold. The call number is:

338.4762
WZOREK

Thursday, February 02, 2006


NEW BOOK:
The Face of Decline:
The Pennsylvania
Anthracite Region
in the Twentieth Century

Recently added to the Local History collection in the Reference Department is The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century by Thomas Dublin and Walter Licht.

From the back cover:

In The Face of Decline, the noted historians Thomas Dublin and Walter Licht offer a sweeping history of the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania over the course of the twentieth century. Combining business, labor, social, political, and environmental history, the authors delve into coal communities to explore grassroots ethnic life life and labor activism, economic revitalization, and the varied impact of economic decline across generations of mining families.

The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century is currently on display on the New Books shelf in the Reference Department. The call number is:

LOCAL HISTORY
338.27
DUBLIN

There are also two circulating copies of The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century that can be checked out. The call number for the circulating copies is:

338.2725
DUBLIN