Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Library Will Be Closed on Easter Sunday, April 24th

Albright Memorial Library will be closed Sunday, April 24th in observance of Easter.

The library will be open normal business hours on Friday, April 22nd (9 AM - 5:30 PM) and Saturday, April 23rd (9 AM - 5 PM).

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Web Page About Upcoming Library Lecture Series Presenter William Kuhn and "Reading Jackie"

The website PinkPillBox.com recently published a page devoted to Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her life as a book editor, inspired by the book Reading Jackie by William Kuhn. Mr. Kuhn will be speaking in Scranton on Monday, June 27th at the Scranton Cultural Center as part of the Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series.

Click here to check out the article and images.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Meet the Speakers in the 2011 Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series

An Evening With Bestselling
Author Tess Gerritsen

Monday, April 11th, 2011

7 PM

Tess Gerritsen, bestselling author of medical mysteries which have served as the basis of TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, will be the first speaker of this year's library lecture series. Her novel, The Surgeon, has been selected as this year's title in the popular On The Same Page in Lackawanna County reading series.

Free copies of the book will be available to any library cardholder who signs up to attend one of the book discussion groups (dates and times on the Library Events page), which will be held March 1st-April 11th in all libraries in the Lackawanna County Library System.

A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave from her work as a physician, she began to write fiction and became a bestselling author in the mystery genre, with an emphasis on medical thrillers.


Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books
With Author William Kuhn

Monday, July 27th, 2011

7 PM

She was a President's wife who held the country together for four days of grieving in 1963 after JFK's assassination. She was a jet setting socialite whose second marriage to Aristotle Onassis resulted in raised eyebrows and controversy. One of the most photographed women in history, she was widely known merely for what she wore, where she went, and with whom she was seen.

This was the public Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis everyone thought they knew.

However, there is a side to Jackie that the public has rarely seen. An avid reader (in fact, she read Gone With the Wind three times in her youth), the creator and curator of a White House Library (as well as the JFK Presidential Library), and a book editor (first at Viking, then at Doubleday) for the last 20 years of her life--work in which she took great pleasure and pride.

Fifty years after JFK's Presidential Inauguration pushed her onto the world stage, author and historian William Kuhn is coming to Scranton to discuss this private and previously unexplored side of Jackie's life--a woman who preferred a good book to a great party, and a book editor whose 100+ books she selected for publication showed her interests, passions and the way she saw the world--the autobiography she never wrote.


An Evening With Author and
Terrorism Expert
Richard A. Clarke
Friday, September 30th, 2011

7 PM

Richard A. Clarke is an internationally-recognized expert on security, including homeland security, national security, cyber security, and counterterrorism. He is currently an on-air consultant for ABC News and teaches at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Clarke served the last three Presidents as a senior White House Advisor. Over the course of an unprecedented 11 consecutive years of White House service he held the titles of:

- Special Assistant to the President for Global Affairs
- National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism
- Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security

Prior to his White House years, Clarke served for 19 years in the Pentagon, the Intelligence Community, and State Department. During the Reagan Administration, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence. During the Bush (41) Administration, he was Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs and coordinated diplomatic efforts to support the 1990–1991 Gulf War and the subsequent security arrangements.


Tickets to all lectures are FREE with your Lackawanna County Library System library card. Please check back for updates on when tickets will be available.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Get Ready For a New Ancestry Library Interface Wednesday, April 13th

AncestryLibrary, available on all public PCs at Albright Memorial Library, is one of the (if not the) most popular databases we offer to patrons. It offers census records, passenger lists, birth and death information, military records, and other genealogical information and records at the click of a mouse.

Soon, access to Ancestry Library Edition's wealth of family records will be even easier!

We are excited to announce the new Ancestry Library Edition search interface will be released this Spring, with a clean and crisp design that improves the overall user experience!

The Ancestry Library Edition new search interface is scheduled for released on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Ancestry Library Edition new search interface features include:

§ Improved look and feel for a more intuitive user experience

§ Map and location filters on the home page

§ Name filters with Soundex

§ Type ahead features

§ Improved country and state pages

"Day of Reckoning" Coming to State Government

From WNEP.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

"Gallery of Hope" On Display At Albright Memorial Library

Awareness, screenings, and early detection are the keys in the fight against breast cancer. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for localized breast cancer is 97%. That’s why Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania created the Gallery of Hope.

Since 2000, the Gallery of Hope has been sharing the stories of breast cancer survivors from throughout northeastern and north central Pennsylvania . . . women and men whose experiences help us educate others.

The Gallery of Hope is currently on display in the Reference Department lobby (second floor) at Albright Memorial Library.

Special thanks to our Gallery of Hope media sponsor WNEP.