UGI Penn called and informed us they will be closing the 500 block of Vine Street tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1st) for gas line work. The block is expected to be closed for most of the day, so please keep this in mind if you are planning to visit the library Tuesday. Thanks.
The Periodicals Room in the Reference Department will be closed Wednesday, April 25th from 9 AM to 4 PM for a program. However, the microfilm readers and photocopiers/computer printing will still be available during this time.
The next Socrates Cafe will be held on Thursday, May 10th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room (basement of the Lackawanna County Children's Library). This event is handicapped accessible.
Facilitated by Professor Phil Jenkins from Marywood University, Socrates Cafe brings together people from all walks of life and experiences to raise questions, listen to, and discuss a topic chosen by the group that evening.
Reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please call (570) 348-3000 or you can register online by clicking here.
The Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series is pleased to announce the 2012 selection for the American Masters Series--author, cultural satirist and purveyor of urban cool Fran Lebowitz. She will be speaking at the Scranton Cultural Center Thursday, November 8th at 7 PM. Tickets are FREE with your library card and will be available one month prior to the event.
Fran Lebowitz is the author of two acclaimed (and quotable) collections of essays--1978's Metropolitan Life and 1981's Social Studies, now published in the single volume The Fran Lebowitz Reader. She also wrote the 1994 children's book Mr. Chas and Lisa Sue Meet the Pandas. For more than twenty years she has been famous in part for writing Exterior Signs of Wealth, a long-overdue novel purportedly about rich people who want to be artists, and artists who want to be rich; she has jokingly referred to her notorious writer's block as "writer's blockade". She has also worked as a writer and columnist for Andy Warhol's Interview (hired by Warhol himself) and Mademoiselle.
Fran is a frequent guest on The Late Show With David Letterman and had a recurring role as Judge Janice Goldberg on TV's Law & Order.
In 2010, HBO debuted Public Speaking, a documentary about Lebowitz by Martin Scorsese containing interviews and clips from speaking engagements. The film is now available on DVD.
Make sure to mark your calendars for what is sure to be a hilarious and entertaining night!