Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tax Forms Available At Albright Memorial Library and Online

2013 Federal and Pennsylvania tax forms are slowly but surely arriving at Albright Memorial Library. You can find them in the lobby of the Reference Department (2nd floor).

If you need a tax form that we do not have, check out the links below:




FTA State Tax Forms Page includes links to tax forms from all 50 states.


Scranton Earned Income Tax Forms may be obtained at the Berkheimer Office in The Mall at Steamtown on the 2nd floor (near Kay Jewelers).  You can also get a copy of the form online at


The United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties have scheduled free tax preparation assistance services February 2nd through April 5th, 2014 at 8 locations throughout Wayne, Susquehanna and Lackawanna Counties. The program is for low and medium income households and senior citizens of both counties. Click here for more information.

*Don’t forget the deadline to file your taxes this year
is Tuesday, April 15th!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Socrates Cafe Thursday, February 20th in Community Room

6:30 PM - 8 PM 

NOTE: This event is handicapped accessible. 

The next Socrates Cafe will be held Thursday, February 20th at 6:30 PM in the Community Room. 
This thought provoking discussion group has been in place for two years at the Library. Come and check it out; a variety of people raise questions and respectfully listen to one another discuss a topic chosen that evening. No prior learning is required. 
Reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please call (570) 348-3000 or you can register online by clicking here.

Library Will Be Closed Presidents Day

For biographies of all 44 Presidents that have served in office, click here.

For more information on Presidents' Day, click here

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Most popular books of 2013 in Lackawanna County

Ever curious about what other people are reading and loving? Here are the top 10 books for 2013!  Were you among the hundreds of people who read these books?

Gone Girl : a novel by Gillian Flynn
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross by James Patterson
The Racketeer by John Grisham
The Hit by David Baldacci 
Six Years by Harlan Coben
12th of Never by James Patterson
Daddy's Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
A Week in Winter  Maeve Binchy 
Inferno : a novel by Dan Brown
The Forgotten by David Baldacci 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Library Will Be Closed Monday, January 20th For Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Click here for information on the
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

Maker Mondays Scheduled For February 10th, February 24th and March 10th

Albright Memorial Library will be hosting 2 sessions of its popular Maker Mondays series in February 2014, as well as 1 in March.  All three are free with your library card and will be held in the Community Room (basement of Lackawanna County Children's Library, 520 Vine Street).

Appy Hour With Elizabeth Davis
Monday, February 10th at 7 PM

Love apps?  Join us as we share our favorite apps and learn about new ones!  Bring your mobile device to test them out and ask questions. 

Intro to Yoga with Diane Demko
Monday, February 24th at 7 PM

Join Diane Demko for an introduction to Basic Vinyasa Flow Yoga.  Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothes.

Intro to Crocheting with Alyson and Martina
Monday, March 10th at 7 PM

Interested in crocheting?  Bring your hooks, yarn or project to learn how to get started and some beginner tips. 

For more information or to register, please call (570) 348-3000 or make a reservation online by clicking the name above of the lecture you would like to attend.

Are you a Maker?  Want to share your art or craft?  Contact Elizabeth at to volunteer for our Maker Monday series.

Business and Financial Resources Workshop Thursday, Frebruary 27th; Free to Library Card Holders

Would you like to learn more about how to research business and financial matters?  Join us for a free workshop on how to use the library's business databases such as MorningStar Investment Research Center and ReferenceUSA, which are both accessible remotely with your library card.

The workshop will be held Thursday, February 27th at 6:30 PM in the Computer Learning Lab (basement of Lackawanna County Children's Library at 520 Vine Street). 

The workshop is free to any library card holder, but seating is very limited.  To register, please call (570) 348-3000 or email You can also register online by clicking here.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Favorite Books of 2013

I know it's already January 6th, but here's my Favorite Books of 2013 list! What were your favorites?

"War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the best-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves behind his family to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman, who intrigues both men. As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy vividly follows characters from diverse backgrounds—peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers—as they struggle with the problems unique to their era, their history, and their culture. And as the novel progresses, these characters transcend their specificity, becoming some of the most moving—and human—figures in world literature."

Don't let the size scare you! It's incredibly reader friendly and extremely engaging.  You'll find yourself totally immersed in the story, cheering, laughing and perhaps crying.  It's a great book for these long, cold winter days.

If you don't want to carry the tome? Why not try it on as an audiobook?  Download it today.

 Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell     

"Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try"

New to Young Adult Fiction? This book is a great example of the high quality writing that is out there for teens and adults.  It's a wonderful story that will make you feel nostalgic for your own first love. 

The Last Word by Lisa Lutz                                                 

"Targeted by the members of her dysfunctional family for control over Spellman Investigations after staging a retaliatory takeover, Izzy is wrongly accused of embezzling funds from a wealthy Alzheimer's patient."  

I am a huge fan of series.  I love to learn more about a character and how they develop over a longer story, but I'm also glad when an author knows it's time to end a series.  There's nothing worse than seeing your favorite character becoming a cookie cutter and being recycled from book to book with no real change in the formula.  

Lutz really delivers on this last episode with new characters and the return of some old favorites. She really makes me glad I'm not a Spellman.  

Why not try it on audiobook? Download it today

On my plate for 2014:

Another Russian Classic for these bitterly cold days.

Want to read along?
You can borrow it in Print
Listen to it on Audio- Borrow or Download
Or read it on your mobile device- Download 

Longbourn by Jo Baker

The story of Pride and Prejudice, but from the servants' point of view.

Want to read along?
Borrow it in Print
Listen to it on Audio- Borrow

Friday, January 03, 2014

Delayed Opening

Due to weather conditions, the Albright Memorial Library and Lackawanna County Children's Library will open at 10AM. Nancy Kay Holmes and Library Express will open at normal times.