Thursday, May 31, 2012

Children's Library Bake Sale and Book Sale This Weekend (June 1st - 3rd)

The Lackawanna County Children's Library will be hosting a Bake Sale and Children's Book Sale this Friday, June 1st; Saturday, June 2nd; and Sunday, June 3rd.  All proceeds benefit the Children's Library.

Help raise money by stopping by for some goodies and sweet noms.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Friends of Scranton Public Library Book Sale June 8th, 9th and 10th At Library Express

Save the Date
Friends of the
Scranton Public Library
Summer Book Sale  

Friday, June 8th,
10 A.M. - 5 P.M.; 

Saturday, June 9th, 2012
10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.;
Sunday, June 10th, 2012
2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Library Express
2nd Floor
The Mall At Steamtown

There will be a sneak peak on Thursday, June 7th, 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. for members of the friends. If you would like to become a Friend of the Scranton Public Library, click here.

Future Book Sales
September 15 & 16
December 15 & 16

Friday, May 18, 2012

Library Will Close At 2 PM Friday, May 25th To Prep For Swingin' On Vine

Albright Memorial Library will close at 2 PM on Friday, May 25th to prepare for our Swingin' On Vine Fundraiser. 

There's still time to get your tickets, which are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. 

The computer lab will be open from 2 PM - 5 PM on May 25th for patron computer use.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

John Anthony Gilvey, Author of "Jerry Orbach: Prince of the City," To Speak at Library Lecture Series Tuesday, August 7th

Author John Anthony Gilvey, author of Jerry Orbach: Prince of the City, will be the next presenter in the Matthew J. Flynn Library Lecture Series on Tuesday, August 7th at 7 PM at the Scranton Cultural Center.  Tickets will be available the beginning of July and will be FREE with your Lackawanna County Library Card.

Actor Jerry Orbach (1935-2004) was Baby's father in 1987's Dirty Dancing and the voice of candlestick Lumiere in Disney's Oscar-nominated Beauty and the Beast.  He was Detective Lennie Briscoe on TV's Law & Order.  And he was a Tony Award-winning Broadway star whose roles include Billy Flynn in 1975's original Broadway production of Chicago.

But did you also know his mother was a native of Plymouth, PA and he spent part of his childhood living in Scranton?

Gilvey's multimedia presentation will include clips and photos of Orbach's work on stage, screen and television, as well as information on Orbach's roots in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit the Lecture Series's Facebook page.

To place a hold on John Anthony Gilvey's book Jerry Orbach: Prince of the City, click here.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Fire At The Furnace Friday, June 1st

The Fire at the Furnace fundraiser will be held Friday, June 1st, 8 PM - 11 PM at 159 Cedar Avenue.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  The fundraiser kicks off the Arts on Fire Festival, running June 1st through the 3rd.

Chances For a Zoom! To Be Raffled at Swingin' On Vine May 25th

Starting Monday afternoon (May 14th), you will be able to purchases raffle tickets to win a Zoom! Whitening session (as seen on ABC's Extreme Makeover).

Tickets are $5.00 a chance.

Winners will be announced at the conclusion of Swingin' On Vine (Friday, May 25th, 5 PM - 8 PM).

The Zoom! Whitening package has been generously donated by Hazzouri Cosmetic, Implant & Family Dentistry; this package is valued at $650.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"The Library In My Life" Essay Contest

Is the library important to you?  Write an essay and tell us why.  You could win a Nook Color!  


(1) Open to anyone 9th grade through adult. 

(2) In an essay of 350 words or less, describe how a library changed your life, improved it, or is a meaningful part of it. 

(3) Entries must be typed and must include the writer's name, address, telephone number, and the Lackawanna County Library System library you visit most. 

(4) Deadline for entries: May 25, 2012.

(5) Essays may be dropped off at the Circulation Desk of any LCLS library; sent via email to; or mailed to Essay Contest, LCLS, 520 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18509. 

(6) Essay writers agree to allow LCLS to display and/or publish their essays and to use their names and the context of their entries for promotional purposes. 

(7) Entries will be judged in two categories: Grades 9 - 12 and ages 18+. 

Winners will be announced on June 1, 2012. One winner in each category will receive a Nook Color

This contest is sponsored by LCLS as part of the PA Forward initiative promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century.

Learn To Speak A Foreign Language With Mango, Our Library's New Database

Learn 44 languages--from Arabic to Vietnamese—all at their own pace—with our brand new database Mango Languages.

Mango is an online language learning system teaching practical conversation skills for real communication.  Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture.

Go to your library’s web page and click on the Mango icon.  A library card is required for access outside of the library.  

Check out the YouTube tutorial below to see just how easy it is.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Free Tours of Historic Forest Hill Cemetery June 2nd and 3rd

Forest Hill Cemetery (1830 Jefferson Ave.) is hosting their 5th annual walking tour.  Admission is free.

Tour dates are Saturday, June 2nd at 1 PM and Sunday, June 3rd at 1 PM.

For more information, please contact Margo at (570) 346-6179 or email

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Six New Titles Added To Gale Virtual Reference Library Database

The Scranton Public Library Reference Department would like to announce new eBook additions to the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) online resource.  These six (6) titles include: The Cooking of Brazil, Digital Photography Essentials, Grow Fruit, Grow Vegetables, Encyclopedia of Diseases and Disorders, and Alternative Energy Sources. GVRL allows the user to print in pdf, listen, cite, email, translate, download to mp3, and download to an eReader!

You can find these titles in the library catalog.  A link will take you to the GVRL homepage where you can log in with your Lackawanna County Library card barcode number. Another way to access this resource is from the webpage. Near the bottom of the page, on the left there is a icon for GVRL. 

If you have any questions about this resource let us know and we’ll be happy to help you.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

CORRECTION: Due To Rain, UGI Gas Line Work Will Close 500 Block of Vine on Wednesday, May 2nd

Due to the rainy weather, UGI Penn called and informed us they will be postponing closing the 500 block of Vine Street until tomorrow (Wednesday, May 2nd) 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 Wednesday.  Thanks.