Monday, February 22, 2010

Remote Access for MorningStar Investment Research Center Now Available

Morningstar Investment Research Center is now available remotely from your homes. This online database provides information on over 20,000 stocks and funds. This information includes detailed reports, company quarterly reports, stock history for five years, and SEC information. With your Lackawanna County Library card you may access this database through our website, and the link given here.

*Only two people may access this database at one time. If you should encounter a busy screen, please wait and try again.*

Thank You.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Free Tax Preparation in Lackawanna and Wayne Counties Throughout February & March

Feeling overwhelmed by ever-looming April 15th?

If you earned less than $48,000 in 2009, you can receive FREE tax preparation and may be eligible for an EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) refund of up to $5,657.

Click here for details on where and when you can take advantage of this wonderful free service, what to bring with you, etc.

A list of participating organizations can be found here.

Need a tax form? Click here for some websites that will have them--Federal, PA (or other states) and local tax forms.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made In America" Free Exhibit March 21-April 16, 2010

February 12, 2010 marked the 201st anniversary of the birth of our beloved 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. In honor of his birthday, Albright Memorial Library is proud to present the free exhibit "Abraham Lincoln: Self Made In America" in the lobby of the Lackawanna County Children's Library from Sunday, March 21st through Friday, April 16th. A free opening reception will be held on Sunday, March 21st at 2:30 PM and everyone is welcome to attend.

Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America examines Lincoln’s life from his beginnings in the crudest of circumstances to his ascension to the presidency and his assassination.

This exhibit is composed of seven learning stations and has been designed for public spaces, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural or educational institutions that can demonstrate a willingness and desire to showcase the exhibit as an integral part of their community outreach.

A number of event in both Albright Memorial Library and the Children's Library will coincide with the exhibit, including a Lincoln Film Festival, a discussion/reading of Lincoln's speeches on Sunday, April 11th and more.

Click here for more information on the upcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America" exhibit.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Public Meeting on Library Internet Use Policy Thursday, February 18th at 6:30 PM

The Scranton Public Library is seeking input on revisions to its Internet Use Policy. As required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act (Public Law No. 106-554), a public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, February 18 at 6:30PM in the Community Room of the Lackawanna County Children’s Library. You may view both the current policy and the revised policy online.

1 Hour-Delay; Albright Memorial Library Will Open at 10 AM Thursday, February 11th

Due to the weather, Albright Memorial Library will be operating on a 1-hour delay this morning (Thursday, February 11th, 2010). The library will be open today from 10 AM to 9 PM.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Bus Trip: Guided Tour of the New York Public Library Saturday, May 1st

The Friends of The Scranton Public Library is sponsoring a trip to New York City for a guided tour of the New York Public Library on Saturday, May 1st, 2010. Tickets are $30.00 for Friends members and $35.00 for non-Friends members. Reservations are due April 1, 2010.

Click on the image above for more information.

If you'd like to become a Friend of the Scranton Public Library, click here for more information.

Governor's Proposed Budget Trims Library Programs for 2010-11

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

Today Governor Rendell announced his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2010-11 which begins on July 1 (see above).

Some of the initial reactions that I’ve heard range from relief (that the cuts aren’t deeper) to anger and frustration that libraries will face cuts even as the Administration touts a commitment to education and provides a $354 million increase for the Basic Education (K-12) Subsidy.

For now, I just wanted to share the numbers in Governor Rendell’s proposal and emphasize that they represent a proposal and not the final word. The numbers might go down or they could go up if we work hard together and get a bit of luck, too.

The PaLA Legislative Committee was scheduled to meet on Thursday but yet another major storm is now underway across the state and we’ve decided to postpone that meeting. Please know that the Legislative Committee will be working on PaLA’s strategy and message and we will sharing more as soon as we have specifics. In the meantime, I think it is fair to assume the following:

1. The growing demand for library services during this recession more than justifies an increase not a cut in state support for libraries.

2. Despite the seeming disconnect here in Harrisburg between “education” and “libraries”, Pennsylvanians do consider libraries a key element of education which deserves increased funding not further cuts.

3. The loss of POWER Library and other shared resources runs counterproductive to our state’s efforts to improve education.

4. The most powerful voices on our behalf are the people who depend on and believe in the value of good public library services. Please do everything you can to encourage their advocacy.

We will be back in touch more information about PaLA’s next steps. Thank you in advance for your dogged support of good library service for all Pennsylvanians.


Monday, February 08, 2010

CANCELED! Socrates Cafe Thursday, February 25th, 6:30-8 PM in Community Room



6:30 PM - 8 PM

NOTE: This event is handicapped accessible.

This thought provoking discussion group has been in place for two years at the Library. Come and check it out; a variety of people raise questions and respectfully listen to one another discuss a topic chosen that evening. No prior learning is required.

Reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please call (570) 348-3000 or you can register online by clicking here.