Thursday, January 29, 2009

Free Copies of the "2008-2009 Pennsylvania Career Guide" Now Available At the Library and Online

The 2008-2009 Pennsylvania Career Guide, published by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, has just been released. FREE copies of this booklet are available at Albright Memorial Library. The booklet can also be accessed online by clicking here.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Acclaimed Author Salman Rushdie To Speak in Scranton on Friday, July 17th as Part of Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series

Salman Rushdie
Friday, July 17th, 2009
8 PM
Scranton Cultural Center

In cooperation with The Gathering at Keystone College, the Lackawanna County Library System Lecture Series will proudly present an evening with acclaimed and controversial author Salman Rushdie (The Satanic Verses; The Enchantress of Florence) on Friday, July 17th at 8 PM. Tickets will be FREE with your Lackawanna County Library Card and will be available at any of the Lackawanna County Library System libraries sometime in June.

Mr. Rushdie will also be attending The Gathering at Keystone College on Saturday, July 18th. He will be joined by authors Gregory Maguire (Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West), Loung Ung (First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, P.S.) and Nancy Willard (the Newberry Award-winning author of A Visit to William Blake's Inn). The Gathering at Keystone College runs from Thursday, July 16th through Sunday, July 19th.

Future speakers in the Lackawanna County Library System Lecture Series include "Temperance Brennan Mystery" author Kathy Reichs, whose forensic mysteries have been the basis of the hit TV series Bones.

To register for Salman Rushdie, click here.

For more information, check out the Lackawanna County Library System Library Lecture Series Facebook page.

February Socrates Cafe Will Be Held Thursday the 26th

Socrates Cafe
Thursday, February 26th
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Community Room
(Note: This program is handicapped accessible.)

Socrates Cafe, the widely popular discussion form facilitated by Marywood University Professor Phil Jenkins, are gatherings that bring together people from all walks of life and experiences to raise questions, listen to, and discuss a topic chosen by the group that evening. This, the final Socrates Cafe of 2008, will be on Thursday, February 26th in the Community Room from 6:30 PM to 8 PM.

Socrates Cafe is FREE with your
Lackawanna County Library Card,
but space is limited.

To register, call (570) 348-3000, ext. 3043.

"On The Same Page in Lackawanna County" Proudly Presents Lisa Scottoline Thursday, April 16th

On the Same Page in Lackawanna County is a county-wide reading program that encourages library patrons to read a selected title; the program is followed by a presentation and autograph session by the author of the selected book.

This year's title is Lady Killer, a legal thriller by bestselling author Lisa Scottoline. Simply read the book (FREE paperback copies of Lady Killer will be available at all Lackawanna County libraries in the next few weeks), attend one of the book discussions that will be scheduled throughout the month, and you will be invited to Lisa Scottoline's lecture on Thursday, April 16th at 7 PM at the Scranton Cultural Center, where you will have the opportunity to meet Lisa and have your book autographed.

This is an event you will not want to miss. I had the pleasure of hearing Lisa Scottoline present at a state library conference several years ago and she is one of the most captivating and hysterically funny speakers I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Check back often for more information (when FREE copies of Lady Killer will be available, where to pick up tickets for the presentation, etc.).

For more information, check out the Lackawanna County Library System Library Lecture Series Facebook page.

Friday, January 16, 2009

It's Tax Time Again, Folks!

2009 Federal and Pennsylvania tax forms are slowly but surely arriving at Albright Memorial Library. You can find them in the main lobby of the library.

If you need a tax form that we do not have, check out the links below:




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


The website for the Scranton Single Tax Office website incudes printable 2008 Scranton City Tax Forms.


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

Can we here at the library help you with your taxes? Unfortunately, no (heck, I don't even know how to do my own taxes). HOWEVER, Good Times For Seniors (which is published as a supplement to the Scranton Times-Tribune) recently published an article listing places than can assist you (for FREE) with your tax preparation.

Unfortunately, Good Times for Seniors is not available online. BUT if you'd like a copy of the article, please email me at and I'll happily send it to you.

Don’t forget the deadline to file your taxes this year
is Wednesday, April 15th!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Brochure: Find A Job: A Selection of Recommended Employment Resources At Albright Memorial Library

The Reference Department has put together a list of sources (books you can check out, magazine articles, and web sites) that will help you in your job search.

Click on any of the images above to view the brochure. You can also pick up a copy at Albright Memorial Library.

Brochure: Find A Job: How The Library Can Help You In Your Employment Search

Click on any of the images above to view the brochure.

You can also pick up a copy at Albright Memorial Library.

Monday, January 12, 2009

United States Government Policy and Sipporting Positions (AKA The PLUM Book) Now Available

With the passing of every four years and the election of a new President of the United States comes the publication of the United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions--AKA The PLUM Book. This book lists over 7,000 Federal civil service and support positions that may become available with the new president.

The PLUM Book can be viewed in both the Reference Department. It can also be viewed online as a PDF document by clicking here.

Scranton Proposed Operating Budget 2009 Now Available For Review in Reference

The City of Scranton Proposed Operating Budget for 2009 is now available for review at the Reference Desk.

Library Will Be Closed Monday, January 19th, for MLK Day


Bestselling Father And Son Authors Dr. John Dublanica (AKA John Stephens) and Steve Dublanica To Speak at Albright on Monday, February 9th

Family Business:
Father-And-Son Authors John and Steve Dublanica
Monday, February 9th
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Community Room

(NOTE: This event is handicapped-accessible.)

Father and son writers, John and Steve Dublanica will be appearing together at The Albright Memorial Library on Monday, February 9th.

Dad writes fiction, Rude Promenade, a murder mystery, suspense thriller with an international flavor. While he has vacationed in the places of the story, considerable additional resources give the story vivid images, believable characters, and a fast-paced action narrative. He appeared for an author talk a year ago regarding his book and told us his son, Steven, just wrote a book.

Steven wrote a blog (for years the industry’s most notorious anonymous blog that Anthony Bourdain himself calls “the front-of-the-house version of Kitchen Confidential”) that became, Waiter Rant, which spent 5 weeks on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list. He has appeared on Oprah and the Today show. He will soon start research on his second book and dad is hoping to help out. Come and hear the Dublanica Boys – should be a great night.

To register for this event, or for more information, please call 348-3000, extension 3043.

Reference Department Closes at 3 PM on Saturday, January 17th; Library Closes At 4:30 PM

The Reference Department will close at 3 PM on Saturday, January 17th. The Computer Lab (basement of the Children's Library) will be open to the public from 3 PM to 5 PM.

The Circulation Department at Albright Memorial Library will close at 4:30 PM on January 17th as well.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Electric City Television (ECTV) Has A MySpace Page; Official Site Coming Soon

We've had many phone calls recently about contacting ECTV. Though they are still working on their official site, ECTV currently has a MySpace page will all of their contact info., as well as other information about the channel.

To access the site, click here.

Library Link of the Month:

January is National Mentoring Month. Goals include raising awareness of mentoring in its various forms; recruiting individuals to mentor, especially in programs that have a waiting list of young people; and promoting the rapid growth of mentoring by recruiting organizations to help find mentors for young people.

Each January, this month-long campaign provides national publicity and information about mentoring programs in various communities that need volunteers.