Thursday, May 28, 2009

Book Discussion Thursday, June 18th: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie


BOOK DISCUSSION OF
SALMAN RUSHDIE'S
MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN
THURSDAY, JUNE 18TH
6:30 PM - 8 PM
DIRECTOR'S OFFICE
1ST FLOOR OF MAIN LIBRARY
(NOTE: This event is handicapped accessible.)

The library is holding a book discussion of Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children on Thursday, June 18th from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. The discussion will be led by Charlotte Ravaioli from Keystone College.

Midnight's Children won The Booker Prize in 1981 is listed in Time Magazine's 100 All-Time Best Novels.

Copies of Midnight's Children are available for those signing up to attend the book discussion.

Mr. Rushdie will also be a guest speaker at the Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series on Friday, July 17th. For more information on his upcoming presentation, click here.

If you would like to register for the book discussion, please call (570) 348-3000 or click here to register online.

Library Summer Book Sale To Be Held June 20th and 21st


Summer Book Sale is upon us.
This, the second book sale of 2009, will take place:

Thursday, June 18th; 6:00 PM -8:00 PM Sneak Peek*
Saturday, June 20st; 9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Sunday, June 21st; 2:00 AM -4:00 PM

All Book Sales are held in the
Community Room (Lower Level) of the


Lackawanna Children's Library
520 Vine Street
Scranton, PA. 18509

(Handcapped Accessible)

*Sneak Peek Sales are for paid members of the

If you are interested in becoming
a Friend of the Scranton Public Library,
click here for more information.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Socrates Cafe Scheduled for Thursday, June 25th in Community Room

Thursday, June 25th
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Community Room
(Located in the basement of the
Lackawanna County Children's Library)

NOTE: This event is handicapped accessible.

These gathering will 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.

For reservations, please call (570) 348-3000, ext. 3001.

Proposed PA State Budget, Your Library and You

Funding for all Pennsylvania libraries, including the Lackawanna County Library System, is in jeopardy in the upcoming state budget. Please contact your state legislators, Governor Rendell, and the PA Department of Education to ask for level funding of all library programs in the FY 2009-2010 budget. (See end of message for contact information.)

Proposed cuts in state funding for libraries range from 5% to 56%. These cuts come at a time when libraries are busier than ever, serving those who are most in need, including the unemployed and families on tight budgets.

Lackawanna County libraries stand to lose anywhere from $45,000 to nearly $1 million in direct state support. In addition, some proposed cuts eliminate popular statewide programs -- including the POWER Library, the Statewide Library Card, Ask Here PA, and Keystone facilities grants -- and drastically reduce others, including State Library operations.

To add insult to injury, the cuts in state funding will reduce Pennsylvania’s eligibility for federal LSTA dollars. Pennsylvania library programs will lose anywhere from $1 million to $3.8 million in federal funds, at a time when we need to secure every dollar we can from Washington.

There are two bills in place at this time. House Bill 1416 cuts library funding for all programs by 5% overall. Senate Bill 850 cuts funding overall by 56%. A request for level funding of all programs will ensure that library services will be available during these hard economic times for the people who need them most.

State legislators are in their local offices this week, so it’s a good time to contact them, in person, by phone, by email, or by letter. Be respectful, but don’t be bashful. Don’t be afraid to show your passion for your local library. Explain why your library makes a difference to you and your family, especially during this recession. Short messages are good. Personal stories are the best.

Help to preserve funding for public library services and programs by contacting your legislators today.

For contact information for Senator Mellow and your state representative, go to: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/session.cfm and type in your zip code in the upper right (“Find Members By Zip Code.”) This will give you the name, address, and an email address.

Please copy your letters or messages to:

Governor Ed Rendell http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Governor/govmail.html

Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, PA Secretary of Education gzahorchak@state.pa.us

Clare Zales, Deputy Secretary of Education mzales@state.pa.us

Thank you for supporting your library!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Children's Story Hour / Meet The Authors at Anthology Saturday, May 23rd 1-2:30 PM


CHILDREN'S STORY HOUR
SATURDAY, MAY 23RD
1 PM - 2:30 PM

MEET THE AUTHORS!
LINDSAY BARRETT-GEORGE
(Country Mouse, City Mouse)
IRENE BREZNAK
(Sneezy Louise)
CLARA GILLOW CLARK
(Secrets of Greymoor)

ANTHOLOGY NEW & USED BOOKS
515 CENTER STREET
SCRANTON, PA
(570) 341-1443

www.scranthology.com

Monday, May 18, 2009

Ice Cream Social Sunday, June 14th, 2 - 4 PM


SUNDAY SOCIAL
SUNDAY, JUNE 14TH
2 PM - 4 PM
ON THE PORCH OF
ALBRIGHT MEMORIAL LIBRARY

Join us for ice cream on the porch!

"Raising The Roof" Party to Benefit Albright Memorial Library On First Friday, June 5th

RAISING THE ROOF PARTY

FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH

5:30 PM - 8 PM

ROOF OF MOLLY BRANNIGAN'S

$15 IN ADVANCE

($20 AT THE DOOR)


On First Friday, June 5th a “Raising the Roof” rooftop party to benefit the Scranton Public Library will be held on the top floor of the parking garage above Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub – corner of Lackawanna and Adams Ave. The party begins at 5:30 and ends at 8:00. Beer and wine, plus finger foods donated by local restaurants will be available. Entertainment will be provided by the very popular Marko Marcinko’s Music for Models. Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door.


Please spread the word and come to help support the Scranton Library.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Reference Department Opens at 10 AM Wednesday, May 13th


THE REFERENCE DEPARTMENT
WILL OPEN WEDNESDAY MORNING,
MAY 13TH, AT 10 AM
AND WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL
ITS REGULAR CLOSING TIME AT 9 PM

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Library Closed Memorial Day Weekend (May 23rd - 25th)


ALBRIGHT MEMORIAL LIBRARY
WILL BE CLOSED
SATURDAY, MAY 23RD,
SUNDAY, MAY 24TH
AND
MONDAY, MAY 25TH
IN OBSERVANCE OF MEMORIAL DAY

For information on Memorial Day, click here.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Preston Sturges Film Festival Wednesday, June 10th and 24th

PRESTON STURGES FILM FESTIVAL
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10TH
AND
WENDESDAY, JUNE 24TH
6 PM
COMMUNITY ROOM
(Note: This event is handicapped accessible)

Peter Chapla will be presenting some of the works of legendary writer/director Preston Sturges in a film festival at Albright Memorial Library. Sturges's films include the classics The Lady Eve (with Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda) and Unfaithfully Yours (with Rex Harrison). Films that will be presented TBA.

To make reservations, click here for June 10th and click here for June 24th or call (570) 348-3000.