Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Free Computer Classes, Resume and Job Search Classes at the Library

Albright Memorial Library is offering free computer classes, classes in Microsoft Word and Excel, and classes in resume writing and online job searching. All classes are held in the Computer Lab in the basement of the Lackawanna County Children's Library. All classes are free with your Lackawanna County Library Card. Don't have a library card? Sign up for one right now by clicking here.

For more information on dates and times, contact Rick Maloney, Computer Lab Coordinator, at (570) 348-3000, x3038 or email him at rmaloney@albright.org

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180 Years of Yuengling Brewery History at Anthracite Heritage Museum Friday, October 9th, 5:30-8:30 PM


COME TASTE 180 YEARS OF HISTORY

THE YUENGLING BREWERY AND
ANTHRACITE HERITAGE MUSEUM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
ANTHRACITE HERITAGE MUSEUM
$20 Reservations / $25 at door

All proceeds from this exciting fundraiser
will benefit the Anthracite Heritage Museum.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Budget Details Under Wraps; Tweaking May Continue

From the desk of Glenn R. Miller, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Library Association:

Greetings, stalwart library supporters.


As you know by now, an overall state budget deal has been reached. With but a few exceptions, details about the funding levels for nearly all budget line items remain under wraps. Staff people for the legislature and the Governor continue to work on the budget’s specifics but details may not become public until at least Wednesday. As such, some adjustments to specific line items within the broad agreement are still possible.


We’ll spread the word as soon as we have definitive information on library funding. In the meantime, since tweaking may still be underway, clearly it is in our interest to keep the fires burning as hot as possible. A constant drumbeat of calls and emails might just help us even at the 11th hour.


Action Needed:


Remind Governor Rendell and your state legislators that:


1. 1. Libraries are busier than ever in this recession. We’re a lifeline in this economy.


2. 2. Constituents want their libraries open and providing good services.


3. 3. Cutting library funding and programs in the 30- 70% range is not fairly sharing the pain but, in fact, unfairly shouldering the burden.


Call the Governor and your legislators. Here’s a link to a phone list if you need it: http://palibraries.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=230.


Email the Governor and your legislators. Here’s a link to some background and a sample message that you can edit and send with the click of a mouse: http://www.capwiz.com/ala/pa/issues/alert/?alertid=14045271.


I know that this year has been a draining, stressful grind. But after all these months, we would be ill-advised to let up now in the final stretch. Some may think that such 11th hour efforts are fruitless. But I, for one, would far rather sprint through the tape than sit tight and hope for the best.


Can we find one more family, one more jobseeker who needs the library, and one more kid who has no computer at home? That last constituent phone call or that last constituent email might just be the one that, for some key decision-maker in the Capitol, gives him or her pause about the budget’s funding levels for libraries

.

It is possible that we still have 24 to 48 hours to strengthen our position (whatever it may be.) Thanks for anything you can do to round up 2 or 3 or 5 more calls and emails. Stay tuned.


Glenn


Glenn R. Miller

Executive Director

Pennsylvania Library Association


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

LCLS in the News / Impact of Potential State Budget Cuts

From the Desk of Mary Garm, Administrator of the Lackawanna County Library System (LCLS):

"This morning’s Times-Tribune carried three front-page articles on the effects of the three-caucus budget deal. Here is a link to the article on Lackawanna County’s libraries.


http://www.scrantontimes.com/news/lackawanna_county_libraries_face_budget_cuts


If you care about your library services, make your voice heard now, and ask everyone you know to do the same. It's not too late.

To send a message to your legislator and the governor, go to the Pennsylvania Library Association's web site: http://www.capwiz.com/ala/pa/issues/alert/?alertid=13993771

Mary Garm

Administrator

Lackawanna County Library System

Scranton School District Offering Adult English, GED classes

The Scranton School District is now offering classes in both GED and ESL for adult learners. The classes are free and are held at Northeast Intermediate School Mondays through Wednesdays at 6 PM.

For more information, click here.

An Evening With Tim O'Brien Thursday, October 29th at 7 PM at Marywood University

AN EVENING WITH TIM O'BRIEN
AUTHOR OF
"THE THINGS THEY CARRIED"
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
7 PM
SETTE LEVERGHETTA AUDITORIUM
MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY

Tickets now available at the Circulation Desk.

For more information, visit
www.ScrantonReads.org

Monday, September 14, 2009

Vietnam War Film Festival Thursdays in October at 6 PM

VIETNAM WAR FILM FESTIVAL
WEDNESDAYS AT 6 PM
IN OCTOBER
COMMUNITY ROOM
(BASEMENT OF
LACKAWANNA COUNTY CHILDREN'S LIBRARY)

Coinciding with the theme of this year's Scranton Reads selection, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, the library will be presenting acclaimed motion pictures about the Vietnam War every Thursday in October at 6 PM in the Community Room.

Thursday October 1st
THE DEER HUNTER
Starring Robert DeNiro

Thursday, October 8th
COMING HOME

Starring Jane Fonda and John Voight

Thursday, October 15th
APOCALYPSE NOW
Starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando

Thursday, October 22nd
PLATOON
Starring Charlie Sheen and Willem Dafoe

Thursday, November 5th
FULL METAL JACKET
Starring Matthew Modine and Adam Baldwin

For more information and for reservations, please call (570) 348-3000

One-Man Play "The Pullman Porter" To Be Presented Thursday, October 1st at 6 PM in Reference Department

THE PULLMAN PORTER
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1ST
6 PM
PERIODICALS ROOM
REFERENCE DEPARTMENT

The one-man play The Pullman Porter will be presented on Thursday, October 1st at 6 PM in the Reference Department. The Pullman Porter was written by Morgan Christopher, with original music by Dr. Douglas Lawrence and narration by Michael Watts.

The play is being presented by The Erie Lackawanna Dining Preservation Society.

Admission is FREE.

To register for this event or for more information, please call (570) 348-3000.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Reference Not Renewing "Proquest Newspapers" Database, But Will Keep Proquest's "Historical New York Times (1851-2006)

The Reference Department will not be renewing our subscription to "Proquest Newspaper," a database of archived newspaper articles from 5 major national newspapers (New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times).
However, the library will continue to subscribe to the Proquest database "Historical New York Times (1850-2006)", which features PDFs of every page and every article of every issue of the New York Times).

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Dan Brown and the Conflict Between the Catholic Church and Science" Rescheduled Date: Wednesday, September 23rd at 7 PM


PROFESSOR ERIC PLUMER PRESENTS
"DAN BROWN AND THE
CONFLICTS BETWEEN THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH AND SCIENCE"
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD
7 PM - 8:30 PM
PERIODICALS ROOM
REFERENCE DEPARTMENT


Prof. Eric Plumer, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Scranton, will honor us with a lecture on the works of Dan Brown. In 2005, Plumer presented at the library on The Da Vinci Code, which was very informative and successful. This talk will cover one of the major themes of Dan Brown's Angels and Demons--controversies surrounding the Catholic Church and science today. He will also have copies of his new book available, The Catholic Church and American Culture Why the Claims of Dan Brown Strike a Chord.

We expect a full house, so make your reservations early for this thought provoking lecture.

You can sign up online to attend by clicking here or by phone by calling (570) 348-3000.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Charlie Wilson ("Charlie Wilson's War") To Be Next Presenter at Library Lecture Series Thursday, October 8th at 7 PM


LACKAWANNA COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
LIBRARY LECTURE SERIES
PRESENTS
CHARLIE WILSON
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8TH
7 PM
SCRANTON CULTURAL CENTER

Charlie Wilson, former U. S. Congressman and subject of the movie, Charlie Wilson's War, is coming to Lackawanna County to tell his story. Congressman Wilson led the U. S. Congress to support Afghanistan's resistance to the Soviet Invasion in the 1980's. It is still the largest CIA covert operation ever undertaken. Admission to the lecture is free with a library card.

Tickets are now available at all county libraries. For up-to-date information on the Library Lecture Series, see our Facebook page.




Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Scranton Reads Book Discussion Tuesday, September 29th, 6-8 PM


SCRANTON READS BOOK DISCUSSION
TIM O BRIEN'S THE THINGS THEY CARRIED
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH
6 PM - 8 PM
DIRECTOR'S OFFICE
1ST FLOOR OF ALBRIGHT MEMORIAL LIBRARY

(This event is handicapped accessible)

Get a free copy of the book when you sign up for the discussion!


For reservations, please call (570) 348-3000
or sign up online by clicking here.

Socrates Cafe Moving To Tuesdays; Next On September 22nd at 6:30 PM

SOCRATES CAFE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
DIRECTOR'S OFFICE

(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.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Friends of the Scranton Public Library Fall Book Sale To Be Held September 19th & 20th

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

Thursday, September 17th; 6:00 PM -8:00 PM Sneak Peek*
Saturday, September 19th; 9:00 AM -4:00 PM
Sunday, September 20th; 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.