Saturday, October 24, 2009

FREE Screening of Rocky Glen Park Documentary Saturday, Nov. 14th at 2 PM at Anthracite Heritage Museum

2 PM

Local historian Robert Savakinus will be hosting a free public showing of the documentary film "Rocky Glen Park" on Saturday, November 14th at 2 PM at the Anthracite Heritage Museum.

For more information, contact the Anthracite Heritage Museum at 570-963-4804 or visit their website at

The Rocky Glen Park documentary is also available to borrow on DVD from the library. To place a hold, click here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

FREE Screening of Film "Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" Wed., Oct. 28th at 6:30 PM at Children's Library

In conjunction with the upcoming free performance of Life In A Jar Albright Memorial Library will be hosting a screening of the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler on Wednesday, October 28th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room at the Lackawanna County Children's Library.

The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler stars Anna Paquin (star of HBO's True Blood and Oscar winner for The Piano) as Irena Sendler, a remarkable Polish Catholic woman who defied the Nazis and saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto. The film also stars Oscar and Tony winner Marcia Gay Harden and Goran Visnjic (formerly of TV's ER).

A discussion of the life of Irena Sendler will follow the film.

The screening of the film is free and open to the public.

To register to attend, please call (570) 348-3000, x3015.

Play "Life In A Jar" Sunday, November 8th, 1 PM at Mellow Theater - FREE and Open to Public

The play Life In A Jar will be presented on Sunday, November 8th at 1 PM at the Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College. The play, which tells the true story of Irena Sendler (a Polish Catholic social worker who saved the lives of 2500 Jewish children during the Holocaust) is FREE and open to the public.

Reservations are required. For tickets or for more information, call the Jewish Federation office at (570) 961-2300, x4 or email them at

For more information on Life In A Jar, click on the image above.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Halloween From the Reference Department


To play a "spirited" game of Halloween Hangman, click here.
To tour a Virtual Haunted Mansion, click here.

Reference Subscription to Kiplinger Tax Letter Will Not Be Renewed

The Reference Department will not be renewing its subscription to the Kiplinger Tax Letter.

Launched in 1925, The Kiplinger Tax Letter is the most widely read tax advisory newsletter, with readers at law and accounting firms, corporate CFO and general counsel offices, and the homes of high-net-worth individuals. In four pages each issue, covering both business and personal taxation, the Letter tries to advise its readers on coming changes in tax law and regulations, recent rulings and interpretations by the IRS, Tax Court and states, and strategies for minimizing taxes.

Reference will continue receiving Kiplinger Tax Letter until our subscription expires in January 2010.

Stars & Stripes Military Newspaper Now Archived Online

A new FREE online database of the Stars & Stripes military newspaper is now available online. The archive contains over 1 million historical newspaper pages from Stars and Stripes, the independent daily newspaper of the U.S. military.

At present the archive includes newspapers published from 1948 through 1999.

The full-page newspapers are searchable by keyword and date, making it easy to quickly explore this unique content. Because the publication history of Stars and Stripes spans several wars, its printing locations and the geographic regions it covered changed with the movement of American troops. It also published multiple editions—as many as 35 during World War II. To get a better understanding of this complexity, please visit the Regional Pages content.

Stars and Stripes is the only independent newspaper in the world to operate from within a nation’s Department of Defense. Although the paper is authorized by the DOD, its content and coverage is completely independent of DOD control or interference. Its singular coverage of the U.S. military offers first-hand accounts of life in peace and during times of war from the service members’ point of view.

Use the archive to gain a new perspective on military conflicts and news, to research the military service of a friend or family member, or simply to read about a person or event that interests you.

Please visit often – the World War II content will be posted later this year.

Friday, October 16, 2009

"In Search of the Bene Israel" Brunch Screening at Albright Memorial Library Sunday, October 25th at 10 AM

Albright Memorial Library will be hosting a special Brunch screening of the short film "In Search of the Bean Israel" on Sunday, October 25th at 10 AM. The screening is part of the 2nd Annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Jewish Film Festival.

"This documentary short film (38 min.), directed by Sadia Shepard, provides an inside look at the small Jewish community of India who believes they landed there following a shipwreck and are descended from one of the ten lost tribes of Israel. For Sadia Shepard, it is a personal journey to uncover the amazing story of her grandmother who was born in India and eloped with her Muslim grandfather."

Tickets for the Brunch screening are $25.00 and can be purchased by clicking here.

For additional information, please call (570) 961-2300, extension 4 or email


Steamtown National Historic Site, downtown Scranton, PA, will offer our popular “Holiday Express” steam-powered excursions to Moscow again this holiday season! Write your “Dear Santa” letter or bring it with you to drop into a special “North Pole” mailbox, and then join in the merriment and festivities while meeting Santa at Moscow’s restored passenger and freight stations! Along with songs and stories, members of the Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, will provide fun activities at Moscow. Excursions will depart the Steamtown NHS boarding platform at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27th, Saturday, November 28th, and Saturday, December 5, 2009, and are scheduled to return at 2:00 p.m. This popular, family-friendly event costs only $16.00 for ages 17 and older and $10 for children ages 1-16. Children 12 months and younger require a “no-charge” ticket. Reservations are required, and open on Thursday, October 15.

The “Scranton Limited” short rain rides will continue operating Wednesdays through Sundays until Saturday, December 5. These 30-minute train rides depart from the Core Complex boarding area at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:15 p.m., operating with a historic diesel locomotive on Wednesdays. There is a $3.00 charge for this ride, all ages 6 and older, in addition to the daily Park Entrance Fee. The Park Entrance Fee at Steamtown NHS is just $6.00 per adult, ages 17 and older. Children under age 16, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the Park at no cost. The Entrance Fee includes parking and access to the outdoor grounds, the museum complex, walking tours, and the Park movie, “Steel and Steam.”

Located in downtown Scranton, Pennsylvania, Steamtown is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. From I-81 follow exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway); then, follow the signs to the main entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff Avenues. Excursion reservations may be made by phoning (570) 340-5204 daily, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m

Additional Park information may be obtained by calling (570) 340-5200 or toll free (888) 693-9391 during business hours, or by visiting the Steamtown NHS web site anytime at

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Four Local Newspaper Subscriptions Canceled Due to Library Budget Cuts

Albright Memorial Library and the Reference Department have already begun to feel the sting of the recent Pennsylvania library budget cuts.

It has been announced that our reference subscriptions to the following local newspapers have been canceled:

*Carbondale News
*Susquehanna County Independent
*The Villager
*Wayne Independent

Two FREE Training Sessions on "An Introduction to the Foundations Directory Online" in October

The Reference Department would like to invite you to your choice of two free training sessions of our Foundations Directory Online database. The session will be held between 9 AM and 11 AM on your choice of two days--Thursday, October 22nd and Wednesday October 28th. The sessions will be held in the Computer Lab, located in the basement of the Lackawanna County Children's Library.

The Reference Department is proudly a cooperating collection of The Foundation Center, which helps organizations in searching for grants and other new sources of funding.

Seating is limited and filling up fast. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call the Reference Department at (570) 348-3000, x3008 or email us at

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"When Coal Was Queen" with Author Jay Luke Thursday, November 5th, 6:30 PM - 8 PM in Director's Office

Author Jay Luke will be at the library Thursday, November 5th at 6:30 PM to discuss his latest book "When Coal Was Queen: The History of Queen City--Olyphant, PA." This event is FREE and open to the public.

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

To place a hold on When Coal Was Queen, click here.

State Budget Struggle Offically Over; Library Cuts Detailed

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

Finally and officially, the 2009-10 state budget concluded on Friday, October 9, 2009. The State Senate, by vote of 42-7, passed the budget plan that was approved in the State House two days earlier. Governor Rendell added his signature to the budget and tax bills Friday night concluding, for the most part, the budget struggle that began last February.

Everyone knows that this has been one difficult and protracted budget season. I suspect that everyone also hopes this is the last time we’ll experience such a process.

Several of you wanted to know how individual State Senators and State Representatives cast their votes on the budget bill. Here’s a link to the October 9 Senate roll call vote on the budget bill:
Here’s a link to the October 7 House roll call vote on the budget bill:

Please bear in mind that there are a number of moving pieces—companion bills—that also make up the overall state budget. This includes a bill (or bills) to raise revenues and bills that spell out in more detail how money in the budget is to be spent. I note this only to point out that some other key votes also take place that affect the makeup of an overall state budget.

I’ve also been asked to provide some further context for this year’s state budget since many people have observed that these have been the most difficult circumstances for a state budget in two generations. Consider these tidbits:

• The 2009-10 state budget provides for $400 million less in state spending that the previous year.

• This is the first state budget in more than 40 years to go down in total spending from the prior year.

• Due to the recession, the state lost $3.2 billion in anticipated revenue during the 2008-09 fiscal year which is the major reason why the 2009-10 budget became so contentious. In just the first quarter of 2009, the revenue loss was the deepest ever recorded in the state.

• Nationwide, a gap of more than $168 billion in lost revenues had to be bridged to balance all 2010 state budgets. California’s deficit alone was bigger than Pennsylvania’s entire budget.

• Library funding remained level or was cut only slightly in a few states such as Connecticut and Oklahoma. But in most states, library advocates had to mount strong campaigns to moderate proposed deep cuts. Just looking at state funding in some of the larger states, we see that New York libraries were cut by $8 million (8%); Ohio libraries were cut by $84 million (11%) but lower tax collections overall may translate later in the year to greater funding losses in the 25-30% range; Florida libraries have been cut by a total of $11 million over two years (33%.) New Jersey libraries were reduced overall by 12%; California’s public library formula was not cut this year after a 7-year decline from $56 million to level-funding at $13 million (76% loss); and Illinois reduced grants to public libraries, school libraries, and regional systems by 50%.

Yes, the final budget for Pennsylvania’s libraries is hardly reason to celebrate. Here’s a chart comparing last year with this year:

Yet, we know that our unified advocacy played a big role in scuttling bills that would have cut the public library subsidy by 54%, and would have completely eliminated all programs funded through the Library Access and Electronic Library Catalog line items. There is no doubt that your voices helped to prevent this calamity.

Thank you for all that you did during this struggle. Let’s try to take a bit of rest and then redouble our efforts to minimize the damage this year as best we can, and begin anew the work toward improving services and funding in the years ahead.


Glenn R. Miller
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association