Monday, June 28, 2010

LCLS Libraries Changing Internet Providers Wednesday, June 30th

In order to serve you better, the Lackawanna County Library System will be changing internet service providers at 10PM on Wednesday, June 30th. As a result of this change, LCLS web sites, the LCLS catalog, and some databases may be temporarily inaccessible. We thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

No More Cuts to Libraries; Speak Up Now!

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

The deadline to pass a state budget is just days away. The effects of the recession have created a hole in the state budget in the range of $1.2 billion. If we are to avoid a repeat of last year’s 101-day late budget, Governor Rendell and legislators must pass a new state budget by June 30, one that fills this revenue gap either through increased taxes and fees, or more cuts to state programs—or both.

Raising taxes and fees in an election year with the recession lingering is a tall order. This reality increases the chances that the next budget might be balanced primarily through budget cuts, a possibility that could threaten library funding once again. No specific library funding cuts have been mentioned but library supporters need to stay informed and engaged.

Now is a key moment to speak up and urge all your friends to do likewise. Tell Governor Rendell, your State Senator, and your State Representative this one simple message: No More Cuts to Libraries. Tell them that cutting libraries again is unacceptable, especially during this recession when libraries are busier and more needed than ever. Remind them that in this year’s state budget, the four library line items already were cut this year by 3%, 21%, 51%, and 73% respectively.

Send the Governor and your legislators an email here:

Join PaLA’s facebook page, “5.6 Million Pennsylvania Library Card Holders Can’t Be Wrong,” here: Please share the link and invite your friends, too.

Here’s a chart detailing all library funding categories in the state budget:

Thank you for speaking out for libraries, and for spreading the word far and wide. Stay tuned for more updates as events change.


Glenn R. Miller

Executive Director

Pennsylvania Library Association

Monday, June 21, 2010

Access Science Subscription Will Not Be Renewed; Expires June 30, 2010

The Reference Department has decided not to renew its subscription to the Access Science database. It will only be available (both in-house and via remote access) until June 30, 2010.

To check out Access Science, click here to log in.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fundraiser for Scranton Iron Furnace's 170th Anniversary Saturday, June 19th at Anthracite Heritage Museum

For more information, click on the image above.

Aglio, A Favorite Haunt For Scranton Librarians, To Close Its Doors June 30th

We've just sadly learned that Aglio (341 North Washington Ave.), a great restaurant which has been a favorite of ours since it opened in 2002 , will be closing its doors (and kitchen) for good on Wednesday, June 30th. The food is excellent and the service can't be beat. We're sad to see it go :-(

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Free Tickets Still Available For Jane Brody Thursday, June 24th at 7 PM

FREE tickets for bestselling author Jane Brody's lecture are still available at the Circulation Desk. Miss Brody will be speaking as part of the Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series on Thursday, June 24th at 7 PM at the Scranton Cultural Center. Miss Brody will also be signing copies of her books following the presentation.

Tickets are FREE with your library card.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Library Will Be Closed Sunday, July 4th & Monday, July 5th


Friends of Scranton Public Library Flea Market This Saturday, June 19th, 9 AM - 4 PM

The Friends of the Scranton Public Library will be having a flea market this Saturday, June 19th from 9 AM to 4 PM in front of the Lackawanna County Children's Library.

The Friends Book Sale is also this weekend--Saturday, June 19th from 9 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday, June 20th from 2 PM to 4 PM.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Dr. Phil Jenkins, Our Presenter at Socrates Cafe, In This Week's Electric City "Up Close & Personal"

Check out this week's issue of Electric City. Page 8's Up Close & Personal features an interview and profile of Dr. Phil Jenkins, who facilitates our monthly Socrates Cafe here at Albright Memorial Library.

Click here to read the interview.

Our next Socrates Cafe is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:30 PM in the Community Room. If you'd like to attend, click here to register online or call (570) 348-3000. We'd love to see you at this free, fun and eye-opening series.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Pass For Free Family Admission to Timmy's Town Center Now Available To Borrow At The Library

Family passes to Timmy’s Town Center can now be checked out of any Lackawanna County library just like a book, music CD, or movie. (Family passes to the Everhart Museum are also available at all libraries.)

Timmy’s Town Center, a member of the Association of Children’s Museums, was created in memory of Mrs. Kelly’s son Timmy, who died of cancer when he was five years old. The museum features hands-on, interactive exhibits and programs designed to promote learning, creativity and social responsibility in children from birth to 10 years of age.

Timmy's Town Center is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.

Library passes to Timmy’s Town Center may be borrowed for up to one week. The pass is good for the free admission of an entire family including all the children and their parents. Regular admission is $3 per person, although children under two are always free.

Book Talk: Song For Night by Chris Abani Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 PM

Albright Memorial Library will be hosting a limited-seating book talk of the novella Song For Night by Chris Abani on Wednesday, June 16 at 6:30 PM in the Director's Office. Speakers will be Suzanne Fisher Staples and Charlotte Ravaolli.

Author Chris Abani will be attending this year's The Gathering at Keystone College in La Plume, PA July 15-18.

This event is handicapped accessible.

Attendance for the book talk will be very limited. For reservations, please stop by the Circulation Desk on the main floor to sign up. You will receive a free copy of the book as well.

For more information, please call (570) 348-3000.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Learning Express Library Adds Courses in Resumes and Cover Letters

Our popular database Learning Express Library (accessible both in the library and at home) has recently added courses in Job Search and Workplace Skills. Included are 2-hour classes in writing (and printing and saving in PDF format) resumes and cover letters.

To check it out, click here.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Friends of Scranton Public Library Book Sale June 19th and June 20th

Save The Date
Friends of the
Scranton Public Library
Book Sale

Saturday, June 19th, 2010
9:00 am - 4:00 pm &
Sunday, June 20th, 2010
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Community Room
in the basement of the
Lackawanna County Children's Library
(Handicapped Accessible)

There will be a sneak peak on
Thursday, June 17th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
for members of the friends.

Want to become a Friend?
Click here to find out how.

Socrates Cafe Scheduled for Wednesday, June 23rd at 6:30 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.