Wednesday, August 31, 2011

LCLS Bookmobile Highlighted in This Week's Go Lackawanna

This month's 500 Vine article, which highlights an area of the Lackawanna County Library System, in this week's issue of Go Lackawanna is on the LCLS Bookmobile. Click here to read the article.

Click here for more information on the Bookmobile, including schedule.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Socrates Cafe Tuesday, September 6th 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 over two years at Albright Memorial Library. You are welcome to come and check it out. A variety of people raise questions and respectfully listen to one another discuss a topic chosen that evening. No previous learning is required.

Reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please call (570) 348-3000

Help Wanted: Children's Program Coordinator at Nancy Kay Holmes Branch in Green Ridge

The Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library (Green Ridge Street at Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509) is looking for a qualified candidate to plan and maintain its’ Family Place program as well as develop and implement new programs and services for children under the age of 12. The qualified candidate must possess a genuine interest in inspiring children to become life-long library users; have the ability to read and interact with a diverse group of children and their parents in a meaningful and positive manner; and be enthusiastic and flexible. Candidate should also work well with fellow employees and the general public. Computer skills are essential.

Preferred candidate would possess a background in early childhood or elementary education or equivalent experience working with children. In addition, possess a high comfort level with technology and Web 2.0 tools.

The schedule includes nights and weekends; 30-35 hrs per week; mini mum staring salary $12.

Interested candidates can contact Diane Demko, Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Manager, at or 570.207.0764.

The Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library is a certified Family Place Library.

The core components of a Family Place Library can be found on their web site.

The concept of a Family Place Library is to expand the traditional role of children’s services found in libraries. The library environment is redesigned to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth; connect parents with the resources, programs and services offered at the library and other family service agencies; and reach out to non-traditional library users. The Library’s Head of Children’s Services collaborates with the Branch Manager to ensure that the overall goals are being meet for Family Place.

Listed below are examples of the tasks and responsibilities:

Specific to Family Place:

*Planning and maintaining the calendar for Family Place Workshops. (5-week sessions twice a year for two groups, infants to 3-year-olds and 4-5-year-olds)

*Contacting and scheduling guest speakers and hiring new guest speakers (includes sending thank-you notes to guest speakers)

*Providing a story and craft to reflect or enhance the guest speaker’s topic

*Ensuring activities meet with organizational requirements

*Advertising and promoting Family Place, however and wherever possible (includes creating calendars and updating on-line calendars, designing brochures and fliers, word-of-mouth promotion within the library, contacting local publications such as Happenings and Today's Child)

*Completing annual evaluations for Family Place

*Pursuing outreach to new and non-traditional library users, especially parents and very young children

*Coalition-building with community agencies that serve families and young children to connect parents to community resources

*Training may include overnight stays once or twice a year.

*Specific to Nancy Kay Holmes Children's Programs:

*Providing a story time twice a week as well as a craft that ties in with the story read

*Scheduling and organizing various special events throughout the month

*Contacting and contracting performers

*Promoting events through fliers, local publications, and word of mouth

*Maintaining on-line calendars, Nancy Kay Holmes website, Flickr account, and the Scranton district website

*Contributing to Nancy Kay Holmes branch blog

*Overseeing Winter and Summer Reading programs

*Conducting outreach story times monthly – such as at Head Start in Dunmore.

Friday, August 19, 2011

When You Visit the Library, Bring Your Library Card! Fees Going Up September 1st!

When you visit Scranton Public Library, always make sure to bring your library card with you. Effective September 1, 2011, the fee for a temporary card will be $1.00. The fee to replace a lost card will remain $2.00. Valid ID is required for either a new library card, a replacement for a lost library card, or for a temporary card to use for the day.

So remember--if you should arrive without your library card and want to check our materials or use a computer, the fee will be $1.00 as of September 1st.

Railfest 2001 September 3rd and 4th at Steamtown National Historic Site

Steamtown National Historic Site will be hosting Railfest 2011: A Celebration of Railroading this Labor Day weekend -- Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th.

Railfest 2011will celebrate three milestone anniversaries with visiting equipment displays, special shop demonstrations and, of course, train rides.

25 Years - Steamtown National Historic Site (October 30, 1986)
40 Years - Amtrak (May 1, 1971)
125 Year - Scranton's Electric Trolley System (November 30, 1886)

Check out the Railfest 2011 website for more information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Friends of The Scranton Public Library Book Sale Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th

The Friends of the Scranton Public Library Fall Book Sale is upon us. This, the library's third book sale of the year, will take place:

Thursday, September 15th; 6:00 PM -8:00 PM Sneak Peek*
Saturday, September 17th; 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, September 18th; 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

All Book Sales are held in the
Community Room (Lower Level) of the
520 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509

*Sneak Peek Sales are for paid members of the

If you are interested in becoming a
Friend of the Scranton Public Library,
click here for more information.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Article About Library's Socrates Cafe in Go Lackawanna; Next SC Thursday, August 25th

This week's issue of Go Lackawanna features an article about our library's Socrates Cafe series. Click here to read the article.

Our next Socrates Cafe will be held on Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room (basement of the Lackawanna County Children's Library). This event is handicapped accessible.

This thought provoking discussion group has been in place for over two years at Albright Memorial Library. You are welcome to come and check it out. A variety of people raise questions and respectfully listen to one another discuss a topic chosen that evening. No previous learning is required.

Reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please call (570) 348-3000.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

FREE eBook Help Class Saturday, August 27th at 2 PM

Albright Memorial Library will be offering a FREE class on downloading titles from our new collection of eBooks. The class will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 2 PM in the Computer Learning Lab (basement of Children's Library).

So if you need help with your e-Book or e-Reader, you can join us as we walk through the Overdrive software and show you how to transfer the library's eBooks to your e-Reader.

Seating is limited to 10 people, so reservations are required.

You can sign up online by clicking here or by calling 348-3000.

Please bring your reader or mobile device, plus all associated cords needed to connect to the computer.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Meet SAM, The New PC Reservation/Printing System in the Reference Department

On Thursday, August 4th, the library patrons and staff of the Reference Department wereintroduced to SAM (Smart Access Manager), our brand-new system for using the library computers and paying for photocopies--your library card number will now be used to both access the reference computers AND to make photocopies.

SAM was made possible by a generous donation from the Praxair Foundation.

Here are some features of SAM:

Payment Center:

*The new payment center is a self service payment center for patrons and is located in the Ready Reference area.

* Touch screen features instructions in both English and Spanish.

*Can be used to add credit to library cards for copying - both in change (dimes, quarters, and nickels) and paper money ($1, $5, $10 and $20 bills)

* Creates Visitor Passes for computer use (fee: $1)

* Will give visitors without library cards a copy pass for the day.

* Can be used by patrons to pay on their library account. Credit Card payments option will be coming soon.

PC Reservation System:

*Visitor Day Passes to use the internet can be purchased at the Payment Center for $1.00.

*Computer sessions are guaranteed ½ hour, followed by incremental extensions if no one is waiting to use the computer (max 6 hours per day)

* You can login for 5 consecutive sessions, but will need to wait a ½ hour before the can do another 5 consecutive sessions. (max 12 logins per day)

* Copying is available in either black/white and color (b/w $0.25 and color $0.75)

* Your library card is now required to photocopy or print from the computers. (Visitors can add $ onto a visitor copy pass)

*Copies that are still on your Vendacard will be transferred to your library card at the Reference Desk.

If you have any questions about SAM, please see any staff member at the Reference Desk.