Tuesday, September 24, 2013

National Novel Writing Month and Self Publishing

Are you a writer? Want to try your hand at writing your own novel?  November is National Novel Writing Month and we will be hosting the Scranton region of NaNoWriMo.  Interested in learning more about the program and how to get started?  Join them on Sunday, October 27th from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm to learn about year's challenge.  They will be meeting throughout the month of November to have writing sessions. All meetings will be held in the Community Room located in the basement of the Lackawanna County Children's Library. 

Online Writing Support Groups: 
Book Country: www.bookcountry.com
NaNoWriMa: nanowrimo.org/

Interested in publishing your work? We're compiled a list of vendors to help you get a better idea on how many different services there are available.   Make sure to read all the fine print and know your rights before committing to a vendor.  

eBook Publishing
Print Publishing

The Book Patch: www.thebookpatch.com

CreateSpace: www.createspace.com

LuLu: www.lulu.com

PressBooks: pressbooks.com

Smashwords: www.smashwords.com

Self Publishing: www.selfpublishing.com

Interested in Copyright? 

Copyright Terms and Public Domain in the US – a chart from Cornell University http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

Copyright slider http://librarycopyright.net/resources/digitalslider/
Copyright Crash Course from the University of Texas http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/
US Copyright Office http://www.copyright.gov/

Self-Publishing A Legal Casebook: An Ebook Success Story

Monday, September 23, 2013

OverDrive and iOS7

We received news from OverDrive, the company that provides us with eBooks, that users who have updated to iOS 7 will experience errors and may have difficulty downloading material.  

Please note that new or first time users of OMC are unaffected by this issue meaning that if you download the app for the first time post-iOS7 update you will not experience this issue.   

The  immediate remedy for users is to: 
1. Uninstall and re-install the OverDrive Media Console App which will also require the user to re-authorize with Adobe. 
2. IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear a user’s bookshelf, history, and app settings.   

Refer to the iOS section of this Help article for assistance.  

 Audiobook users won’t notice that anything is different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks they already downloaded to OMC before upgrading to iOS 7. A user will receive an error message informing them to download the title again. 

We will pass along information as we receive it from Overdrive. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Author Elizabeth Horwin (Love Never Dies) To Speak at Library Express Tuesday, September 24th

Join us at Library Express on Tuesday, September 24th at 6 PM for a special author visit. 

Elizabeth Horwin, author of Love Never Dies, will share insights on the subject of death, loss, and grieving from personal experience as well as from her 35 year professional practice as a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Elizabeth will be signing copies of her book following the discussion.  Copies of Love Never Dies will be available for purchase and signing. 

Learn more about the author and her book by visiting her website www.elizabethhorwin.com

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Fall is in the air and it's sparked my desire to start trying out some new recipes! The farmers' markets are full of great vegetables and now it's time to find some new ways to enjoy them. While I'm not a strict vegetarian, I like to keep that diet most days.  Here are some fun cook books and recipes that you might enjoy.

How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
This is an amazing cook book! I give it to friends and family for house warming or wedding gifts because it has everything you'll ever need. It has information on flavor profiles, how to store and prepare the most common food.  More info

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

While it's technically a graphic memoir of a child of a chef and gourmet, it is a few recipes and techniques that will help anyone trying out new recipes.  The huevos rancheros recipes was my personal favorite. More info

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi 

A great collection of recipes from the diverse city of Jerusalem. While some of the ingredients might require some hunting at the store, they all sound delicious and might give you some ideas on how to rethink everyday ingredients.  My favorite is a simple couscous and tomatoes dish that is easy to make with the last of your fresh tomatoes. More info

Keepers : two home cooks share their tried-and-true weeknight recipes and the secrets to happiness in the kitchen by  Kathy Brennan 
A fun collection of recipes that are easy to make on a weeknight after a long day at work.  The crustless broccoli and cheddar quiche is on my to make list for this weekend. More info

The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond, also know as the Pioneer Woman has amazing recipes! All the recipes that I have tried have turned out to be hits and very popular at parties.  She has a great cooking show and concentrates on easy meals and comfort food.  My favorite recipe is her Olive Cheese Bread.  More info

What are your favorite recipes? Are they family secrets or are you adventurous and love to try new things all the time? Check out one of our 500+ cookbooks  this fall! 

Happy cooking!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How To Determine Your "Best-Fit" Colleges, For YAs and Parents, Tuesday, October 1st at Library Express

Find the best college for you! 

For parents and teens in 7th through 12th grade! 

How to Determine Your "Best-Fit" Colleges -- Strategies and Advice on finding the best college for each student based on a variety of factors from professional college and career counselor Jennifer Kresock of the NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates

Tuesday, October 1st, 6 PM - 7 PM at Library Express, 2nd Floor at The Mall at Steamtown.

To register or for more information, please call Miss Anna, Young Adult Librarian, at 348-3000, x3041 or email akilcullen@albright.org

Also, we are looking for a few good teens to be on the Teen Action Board.  The Board meets every 3rd Tuesday at 7:30 Pm at Library Express.  For more information, please call Miss Anna, Young Adult Librarian, at 348-3000, x3041 or email akilcullen@albright.org

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Genealogy: Did you know?

Are you a genealogist, just starting out or is looking for a date of death.  Well I have the source for you.  At the end of 2011 a Pennsylvania bill was signed by Governor Corbett that gives all people access to dates of death and birth in Pennsylvania.  These records include death dates from 1906-1962 and every year a new year is added.  The only birth certificate dates available are 1906 and 1907. 

These indices will help a user find a date of death or death or birth certificate a lot faster than before.  Also if you didn't know the day of death this is a place to look. Please remember that these are only for individuals who were born or died in Pennsylvania. The link below will take you directly to the website. Let us know if you have any questions.

Pennsylvania Birth and Death Records

Friday, September 06, 2013

Periodicals Room in Reference Will Close at 4 PM Friday, September 6th

The Periodicals Room in the Reference Department will close at 4 PM on Friday, September 6th.   Photocopying and computer printing will still be available to the public. 

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Library To Offer Free Online Resources Seminars In October

Albright Memorial Library will be offering a series of free workshops every Thursday in October.  The free workshops will feature online services offered by the library, including genealogy, free ebooks and magazines, and learning different languages.

The schedule is below:

Thursday, October 10th:
eBooks and Digital Magazines -- Learn how to download eBooks and digital magazines to your mobile device.

Thursday, October 17th:
Ancestry.com --  Learn how to research your family tree with the library edition of Ancestry.com

Thursday, October 24th: 
eBooks and Digital Magazines -- Learn how to download eBooks and digital magazines to your mobile device.

Thursday, October 31st: 
Mango -- Learn, Spanish, French, Chinese and 57 other languages in an easy and fun way! 

Seating is limited.  If you would like to attend a workshop, click on any of the course names to register online or call 348-3000 for more information. 

Bless Me Ultima DVD Available To Borrow From the Library

The film version of Bless Me Ultima, last year's Scranton Reads selection, is available to borrow on DVD from the library.  Click here to place a hold.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Back to School Time!

It's official! It's Back to School Time!

Whether you're starting school for the first time or returning to school as an adult,  back to school time is always stressful. Don't forget that the library has several services that can help you get off on the right foot!

Tutor.com is a free tutoring and skills development service via our website.  Log on and get connected with a real tutor to help you get your homework done! Or practice and brush up on your skills to keep your grades up! This is great for Middle School, High School and College Introduction level work.

LearningExpress a great tool to practice those important tests before it's the big day.  Practice and develop your skills starting in Elementary School all the way up through College and Adult Learner. Practice basic math skills, the GED test or entrance exams for specialized professions. 

Need to research for a paper or assignment?
 We have a wealth of resources that will get you the information you need.  Visit our website at www.albright.org and check out our Online Resources.  We have health information, eBooks, ways to research a business, legal resources and more.