Saturday, October 24, 2009
FREE Screening of Rocky Glen Park Documentary Saturday, Nov. 14th at 2 PM at Anthracite Heritage Museum
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 www.anthracitemuseum.org/.
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
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.
Reservations are required. For tickets or for more information, call the Jewish Federation office at (570) 961-2300, x4 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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 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 and , and and , 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
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 www.nps.gov/stea.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
It has been announced that our reference subscriptions to the following local newspapers have been canceled:
*Susquehanna County Independent
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RC/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm?sess_yr=2009&sess_ind=0&rc_body=S&rc_nbr=324
Here’s a link to the October 7 House roll call vote on the budget bill: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/RC/Public/rc_view_action2.cfm?sess_yr=2009&sess_ind=0&rc_body=H&rc_nbr=916
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: http://www.palibraries.org/associations/9291/files/St%20budgets%20compared%20Oct%209.pdf
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
Pennsylvania Library Association