Thursday, September 30, 2010

Computer Class/Lab Schedules for Fall 2010

The schedule for Fall Computer Classes has been published. Above for the class schedules for October, November and December 2010.

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Albright Memorial Library offers classes on everything from basic internet skills, email and computer maintenance to classes on Word, Excel, and online job searching. Classes are FREE with a valid Lackawanna County Library Card.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Mark Twain Returns To Scranton" Wednesday, October 6th at 7 PM in Periodicals Room

In conjunction with Scranton Reads, the Azzarelli Family will present a reenactment of Mark Twain's visits to Scranton in 1869 and 1872. The reenactment will take place in the Periodicals Room of the Reference Department on Wednesday, October 6th at 7 PM.

To register or for more information on the program, please call (570) 348-3000. You can also register online by clicking here.

For two historical articles on Mark Twain's 1872 visit to Scranton, click here and click here.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mark Twain "Scranton Reads" Film Festival Throughout October

It has been announced that the Mark Twain Film Festival has been cancelled. However, all scheduled films will be available to borrow on DVD from the Lackawanna County Library System.Join Scranton Reads as we celebrate the film adaptations of various works of Mark Twain.
Starring Tommy Kelly and Margaret Hamilton
Starring Mickey Rooney and William Frawley
Starring Frederic March and John Carradine
Starring Hal Holbrook

All films are free with your library card. For more information, please call (570) 348-3000.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Socrates Cafe Tuesday, October 5th 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.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Just in Time For Halloween! "Paranormal 101" Wednesday, October 13th at 6:30 PM in Periodicals Room

NEPA Paranormal will be presenting Paranormal 101, a informative presentation on what they do, the equipment they use, and recent paranormal evidence they captured in Gettysburg (in cooperation with WVIA). A Q&A session will follow the lecture.

NEPA Paranormal has been featured on The Travel Channel: Ghost Adventures, Animal Planet's The Haunted and WVIA's The State of Pennsylvania.

Paranormal 101 will be presented on Wednesday, October 13th at 6:30 PM in the Periodicals Room. This event is NOT handicapped accessible. Admission is FREE, but reservations are required. Reserve online by clicking here or call (570) 348-3000.

NOTE: This program is not suitable for young children.

Scranton Reads "Quaystion Night" Monday, October 4th at The Bog

Mike Quinn and Conor McGuigan will host a special Mark Twain themed quiz night to celebrate Scranton Reads. Prizes will include copies of Twain's books. Only $1 to play!

Monday, October 4, 2010
10 PM
The Bog
341 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Scranton Reads Booth at 2010 Pages & Places Saturday, October 2nd, 10 AM - 4 PM

In celebration of the upcoming Scranton Reads, Scranton Public Library will have a booth on Courthouse Square during the upcoming Pages & Places Book Festival on Saturday, October 2nd from 10 AM to 4 PM. Hear live readings from the work of Scranton Reads 2010 author Mark Twain and write on our poetry fence.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"The Little Red Schoolhouse: An American Icon" With Author Jonathan Zimmerman RESCHEDULED For Thursday, November 18th at 6:30 PM

The Reference Department at Albright Memorial Library has rescheduled the program The Little Red Schoolhouse: An American Icon with author Jonathan Zimmerman to Thursday, November 18th at 6:30 PM in the Periodicals Room. This program was originally scheduled for September 23rd. Please note that this event is not handicapped accessible.

Commonwealth speaker Jonathan Zimmerman is Professor of Education and History at NYU's Steinhardt School, a former Peace Corps volunteer, high school teacher and author of Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory, as well as three previous books. He is also the recipient of NYU's Distinguished Teaching Award and a frequent collaborator to national newspapers and journals.

As a historian focused in educational themes, Zimmerman will ask the question how and why the little red schoolhouse became an American icon and how, across the political spectrum, everyone envisioned the schoolhouse that they needed to see.

Admission is free.

For reservations, please call (570) 348-3000; to make a reservation online, click here.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Albright Memorial Library to Offer Free Grants Workshop Monday, November 1st

The Albright Memorial Library will host a FREE workshop on grantseeking basics for nonprofit organizations on Monday, November 1st from 2 PM to 4:30 PM in the library's Periodicals Room.

The Grantseeking Basics session will be lead by Kief Schladweiler, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections with The Foundations Center ( The course will provide an overview of the funding research process for nonprofit organizations seeking grants from foundations, corporations, and grantmaking public charities.

Mr. Schladweiler will offer tips on how best to identify funding sources for your organization, highlighting the electronic and print resources available for your free use at Albright Memorial Library, a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.

The workshop will include a demonstration of the Foundations Directory Online, the Foundation Center's top-tier searchable database providing information on nearly 100,000 grantmakers and more than 2 million grant records, and will provide an overview of the free resources on the Foundation Center's web site.

To register, please email or call the Reference Department at (570) 348-3000. You can also register online by clicking here.

Kief Schladweiler has been the Foundation Center's Coordinator of Cooperating Collections since 2005. Prior to that, he served as the Center's online librarian for several years. He jointed the Foundation Center in 1999 as working as a reference librarian for The New York Public Library. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scranton Reads Kickoff Event Friday, September 17th At Noon on Courthouse Square

Join us on Friday, September 17th at noon for the big kickoff event for Scranton Reads 2010. We will be on the Linden Street side of the Courthouse. There will be readings from this year’s selected author, Mark Twain, and free copies of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. There will also be live music from The Bog Twain Band--with members of local bands Cabinet, And The Moneynotes and The Bog Swing Band.

Unlike previous years devoted to a single book, this year's Scranton Reads is dedicated to author Mark Twain.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"John Updike's Pennsylvania" To Air In December On PCN; Filmed At Albright Memorial Library

Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Pennsylvania Cable Network TV have joined forces to launch Humanities on the Road, a new arts and culture-themed television show that takes a fascinating look at artists, scholars and storytellers from across the state.

Hosted by award-winning journalist Tracey Matisak, Season One begins September 10 and airs through December 13. Shows air on PCN-TV: Fridays 6-7 PM, Saturdays 2-3 PM; and Mondays 10-11 AM.

John Updike’s Pennsylvania, with speaker Frank Fitzpatrick, was filmed at the Albright Memorial Library and will be shown December 3rd, 4th, and 6th.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Digitize Your LCLS Library Card On Your iPhone, iPod Touch, Android or Blackberry

Digitize your library card on your iPhone or iPod touch, Android, or BlackBerry using CardStar! It's entirely free and can be set up in minutes! For more information visit

1. Install the CardStar app onto your smartphone as you would any other app.

2. Open CardStar and touch [+] to add a new barcode.

3. Under Select Merchant, touch and expand the Merchant menu.

4. Select Library, select Lackawanna County Library System and touch Save on the top right.

5. Touch Number and type in your 14 digit library card number. Touch Save on the top right.