Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Pick A Winner!

Our latest display at the library features past winners and nominees of the Academy Awards.  Before the Oscars air this Sunday, come in and check out films that made history.

This year's Best Picture nominees are coming out soon and will be flying off our shelves, so click the titles below and place your holds today!

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Her (unavailable at this time)
12 Years A Slave
Wolf of Wall Street

Who will win is anyone's guess, but our picks include:

American Hustle (Best Picture)
Frozen (Best Animated Feature)
Twenty Feet from Stardom (Best Documentary)
Blue Jasmine (Best Actress-Cate Blanchett)
Inside Llewyn Davis (Best Cinematography)

What movies are YOU rooting for?

Monday, February 24, 2014

Friends of Scranton Public Library Spring Book Sale March 18th - 23rd

The Friends of the Scranton Public Library Spring Book Sale will be held at Library Express (2nd Floor, The Mall at Steamtown) is coming up fast.  The days and times are: 

Tuesday, March 18th, 10 AM - 5 PM 
Wednesday, March 19th, 10 AM - 8 PM 
Thursday, March 20th, 10 AM - 8 PM 
Friday, March 21st, 10 AM - 5 PM 
Saturday, March 22nd, 10 AM - 5 PM 
Sunday, March 23rd, 2 PM - 4 PM 

Hope to see you there!

Windows 8 Help!

Did you get a new Windows 8 computer and need help?   We have a great online tutorial software that can explain the new operating system!

Learning Express Library is a great resource for job skills, computer skills and tutoring online.  Try out the Windows 8 Classes today! Visit Learning Express Library: Computer Skills Center by clicking here.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Upcoming Friends of SPL Bus Trip to Philadelphia Public Library and Barnes Foundation and Museum Saturday, April 26th

The Friends of the Scranton Public Library invites you to join on an exciting bus trip to The Philadelphia Free Public Library and the new Barnes Foundation and Museum.  They will also be visiting the Friends of the Library Retail Book Sale.

The modern air-conditioned bus departs from the Scranton Public Library at 8 AM.  Bus will leave Philadelphia at 7 PM.  Meals are on your own.

*Marvel at the Library's Rare Book Department - A 62-foot-long paneled Georgia room.
*Appreciate the Art of N.C. Wyeth which hangs on the walls of the magnificant Children's Department.
*Discover hidden treasures in the Print and Picture Collections.  Also, amazing antiquarian maps.
*Barnes Museum boasts the world's largest premier collection of french Impressionists.
*Hailed as a "gallery within a garden and a garden within a gallery."  A spectacular sight to behold.
*Tour at your own pace with digital audio guides providing expert commentary, music and history.

Cost is $45.00 for Friends members and $50.00 for guests.  To become a member, click here or fill out the form in the images above. 

Registration deadline is Sunday, April 6th, 2014.  No refunds after Sunday, April 13th, 2014.

Checks payable to:

Attn: Tina Thomas 
500 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509

For additional information, please contact:

Jill Cadden
(570) 961-3087
(570) 947-6571 (cell)


Maria Augelli-Grudeski
(5700 346-9643
(570) 947-0437 (cell)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Join the Big Library Read! Download Aida Mollenkamp's book today!

Readers around the world will participate in the Big Library Read by downloading the
eBook, Keys to the Kitchen, by Food Network and Cooking Channel star chef Aida Mollenkamp. 
You can, too, by going to and clicking on the Download eBooks” icon.

Learn what makes her successful in the kitchen, and enjoy the ease and convenience
of downloading books free from the Library
—any time, anywhere to your computer, eReader or mobile device.

Join a live Facebook chat with the author on
Wednesday, February 26 from
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time.

Can't make the chat? Why not join the discussion via The Big Library Read forum

Friday, February 14, 2014

Delayed opening

Due to weather conditions, the Albright Memorial Library, Lackawanna County Children's Library, Nancy K. Holmes Branch and Library Express  will open at 10:30 today.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The library is CLOSED today

Due to the weather, the Albright Memorial Library, Lackawanna County Children's Library, Nancy Kay Holmes Branch and Library Express will be CLOSED today.

Monday, February 10, 2014

February is Black History Month

Last week we posted selections from our DVD collection to help celebrate Black History Month.  This week it's time for the books!

The Souls of Black Folk by  W.E.B. Du Bois
"This set represents an invaluable assembly of the works of the pioneering African American scholar, activist, and creative genius W.E.B. Du Bois."

Oscar Micheaux, the Great and Only: The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker by Patrick McGilligan

"Oscar Micheaux was the Jackie Robinson of film, the black D. W. Griffith--a bigger-than-life American folk hero whose important life story has been nearly forgotten today. The son of freed slaves, he roamed America as a Pullman porter before making his first mark as a homesteader in South Dakota--and going on from there to become the king of the "race cinema" industry, producing and/or directing nearly forty films during a time of Jim Crow segregation when African-American artists were not welcome in Hollywood.
In this groundbreaking new biography, award-winning film historian Patrick McGilligan offers a vivid and fascinating portrait of a true pioneer of American culture who was equal parts visionary, hustler, huckster, innovator, and raffish Barnum-like showman--and the first great African-American filmmaker."

The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History of the African American Role in the Westward Expansion of the United States by  William Loren Katz
"This entirely new edition of a famous classic has glorious new photographs—many never before seen—as well as a revised and expanded text that deepens our understanding of the vital role played by African American men and women on our early frontiers.Inspired by a conversation that William Loren Katz had with Langston Hughes,The Black Westpresents long-neglected stories of daring pioneers such as Nat Love, a.k.a. Deadwood Dick, Mary Fields, a.k.a. Stagecoach Mary, Cranford Goldsby, a.k.a. Cherokee Bill—and a host of other intrepid men and women who marched into the wilderness alongside Chief Osceola, Billy the Kid, and Geronimo.Featuring captivating narratives and photographs (many from the author’s world-famous collection),The Black Westenriches and deepens our stirring frontier saga. From slave runaways during the colonial era, to the journeys of Lewis and Clark, to the charge at San Juan Hill, Katz vividly recounts the crucial contributions African Americans made during scores of frontier encounters. With its stirring pictures and vivid eyewitness accounts,The Black West is an exhilarating treasure trove." 

Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-hop Generation by Jeff Chang  "Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip-hop became the Esperanto of youth rebellion and a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era defined by deindustrialization and globalization, hip-hop crystallized a multiracial, polycultural generation's worldview, and transformed American politics and culture. But that epic story has never been told with this kind of breadth, insight, and style.Based on original interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, with unforgettable portraits of many of hip-hop's forebears, founders, and mavericks, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube, Can't Stop Won't Stop chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 60's into the new millennium. Here is a powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century, and a provocative look into the new world that the hip-hop generation created."

Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice by Raymond Arsenault
"Here is the definitive account of a dramatic and indeed pivotal moment in American history, a critical episode that transformed the civil rights movement in the early 1960s. Raymond Arsenault offers a meticulously researched and grippingly written account of the Freedom Rides, one of the most compelling chapters in the history of civil rights. Arsenault recounts how in 1961, emboldened by federal rulings that declared segregated transit unconstitutional, a group ofvolunteers--blacks and whites--traveled together from Washington DC through the Deep South, defying Jim Crow laws in buses and terminals, putting their bodies and their lives on the line for racial justice. The book paints a harrowing account of the outpouring of hatred and violence that greeted theFreedom Riders in Alabama and Mississippi. One bus was disabled by Ku Klux Klansmen, then firebombed. In Birmingham and Montgomery, mobs of white supremacists swarmed the bus stations and battered the riders with fists and clubs while local police refused to intervene. The mayhem in Montgomery wascaptured by news photographers, shocking the nation, and sparking a crisis in the Kennedy administration, which after some hesitation and much public outcry, came to the aid of the Freedom Riders. Arsenault brings the key actors in this historical drama vividly to life, with colorful portraits ofthe Kennedys, Jim Farmer, John Lewis, Diane Nash, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Their courage, their fears, and the agonizing choices made by all these individuals run through the story like an electric current. The saga of the Freedom Rides is an improbable, almost unbelievable story. In the course of six months, some four hundred and fifty Riders expanded the realm of the possible in American politics, redefining the limits of dissent and setting the stage in the years to come for the 1963 Birmingham demonstrations, Freedom Summer and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. With characters and plot lines rivaling those of the most imaginative fiction, this is a tale of heroic sacrifice and unexpected triumph."

Their Eyes Were Watching God by  Zora Neale Hurston
"Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots."

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
"James Baldwin's stunning first novel is now an  American classic. With startling realism that brings  Harlem and the black experience vividly to life,  this is a work that touches the heart with emotion  while it stimulates the mind with its narrative  style, symbolism, and excoriating vision of racism  in America. Moving through time from the rural  South to the northern ghetto, starkly contrasting the  attitudes of two generations of an embattles  family, Go Tell It On The Mountain  is an unsurpassed portrayal of human beings caught  up in a dramatic struggle and of a society  confronting inevitable change."

The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
"The Bluest Eye,published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment."

 The Block: Poems by Langston Hughes                                                            "A collection of thirteen of Langston Hughes poems on African American themes."

 Native Son by Richard Wright                                                                    "Widely acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written on race and class divisions in America, this powerful novel reflects the forces of poverty, injustice, and hopelessness that continue to shape out society. "

Friday, February 07, 2014

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is next week. Are you prepared or are you anti-Valentine's Day?

We've got you covered on both fronts!


Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni
"Romantic, bold, and erotic, Love Poems expresses notions of love in ways that are delightfully unexpected. Articulating in sensuous verse what we know only instinctively, Nikki Giovanni once again confirms her place as one of our nations's most distinguished poets and powerful truth-tellers."

  I Hate Valentine's Day by Bennett Madison                                                   "Whether single, dating, married, or divorced, the dreaded February 14 arrives each year to ambush our self-esteem. No other 24-hour period convinces otherwise happy folk that they're in fact social pariahs. But now comes protection from the ritual onslaught of Auden's 12 Songs, saccharine cards, and suffocating expectations. I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY is a bitingly funny guide to getting through the Big Day painlessly, including tips on people and places it's best to avoid ('Indulge your chain restaurant cravings because no one will (or should) be celebrating at Harvesters'), ways to take your mind off being single ('Dress up like an exiled member of the royal family who has hit the skids'), and last-resort measures ('Invent a long-distance relationship'). I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY charts a welcome path back to the innocent days of candy hearts."


Sleepless in Seattle 
"After hearing a man confess his love for his dearly departed wife on a call-in radio show, a woman falls deeply, inexplicably in love with him. Deciding he is her destiny, she treks across country on a wildly romantic impulse to meet him."

Blue Valentine
"An honest, moving and uninhibited love story. The uncompromising portrait of Dean and Cindy, a young married couple who have grown apart, taking one night away from their daughter to try to save their relationship. Highlighted by provocative scenes alternately intimate and intense, the film captured audiences and critics alike."


 The Best of Barry White                                                                     This album features Mr. White's amazing voice on I'm gonna love you just a little more baby, Never, never gonna give you up, Can't get enough of your love, babe, What am I gonna do with you , Let the music play, It's ecstasy when you lay down next to me, Playing your game, baby, Oh what a night for dancing,  Love makin' music,  Sho' you right,  Practice what you preach and Staying power.

 Little Broken Hearts by Norah Jones                                               Considered the "Dark of Side of Norah Jones" by the LA Times  this album features Good morning , Say goodbye, Little broken hearts, She's 22, Take it back, After the fall, 4 broken hearts, Travelin' on, Out on the road,  Happy pills, Miriam, All a dream.

So, which side are you on? 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The Library is closed today.

The Albright Memorial Library, Lackawanna County Children's Library, the Nancy Kay Holmes Branch and Library Express are closed today due to the weather. 

We will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, February 6th with regular hours.  

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

February is Black History Month

We just put up our display for Black History Month.   We will be featuring the following pieces of our DVD collection for members to borrow to help celebrate the month. Next week we'll talk about literature and nonfiction titles.


The Color Purple
The heart-wrenching story of a young black girl in the early 20th century who is forced into a brutal marriage and separated from her sister. Based on the book by Alice Walker. 

Malcolm X
"Born Malcolm Little, his minister father was killed by the Ku Klux Klan. He became a gangster, and while in jail discovered the Nation of Islam writings of Elijah Muhammad. After getting out of jail, he preaches the teachings, but later on goes on a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca. There he converts to the original Islamic religion and becomes a Sunni Muslim. He changes his name to El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz and stops his anti-white teachings, having discovered the error of his mistakes."

King: go beyond the dream to discover the man

"Forty years after Martin Luther King's assassination, newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America's civil rights visionary. Go beyond the legend to portray the man, the questions, the myths, and the relevance of Dr. King's message in today's world."

Two Nations of Black America
"There is a growing economic divide in black America. Today, America's black middle class is the largest in its history, yet roughly one-third of black America continues to live in poverty. This film measures the economic and social success of the civil rights movement and the gap between middle class and poor African-Americans through interviews with noted Afro-Americans and historical film footage."
A Raisin In The Sun
"Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago's South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations."

Unchained Memories
"When the Civil War ended in 1865, more than 4 million slaves were set free. By the late 1930's, 100,000 former slaves were still alive. In the midst of the Great Depression, journalists and writers traveled the country to record the memories of the last generation of African-Americans born into bondage. Over 2,000 interviews were transcribed as spoken, in the vernacular of the time, to form a unique historical record."

4 Little Girls
"When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on a peaceful fall morning, it takes the lives of four young girls; Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins. This racially motivated crime, taking place at a time when the civil rights movement is burning with a new flame, could have doused that flame forever. Instead it fuels a nation's outrage and brings Birmingham, Alabama to the forefront of America's concern."

Do The Right Thing
"Traces the course of a single day on a block in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn. It's the hottest day of the year, a scorching 24-hour period that will change the lives of its residents forever."

"From the fearless resolve of a single woman to the remarkable voice of thousands marching, this History Channel special offers an overview of one of America's great defining periods. A compilation of materials on the civil rights movement, from personal narratives of life in the period, to insights into the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, to the 1965 march on Montgomery, along with biographies of two of the leaders of the movement."

Soundtrack for a Revolution
"The story of the American civil rights movement through its music, the freedom songs protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, and more, as they fought for justice and equality. Includes new performances of the freedom songs by top artists, archival footage, and interviews with civil rights foot soldiers and leaders. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, from the labor movement, and even from the black church."

"A complete version of Alex Haley's saga following a black man's search for his heritage, revealing an epic panorama of America's past. A new bonus disc includes: The Triumph of Roots; Roots: One Year Later; and more."

Against the Odds: The Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
"Harlem in the 1920s and 1930s was the scene of a passionate outburst of creativity by African-American visual artists. Rich archival footage, including newsreels and photographs, recalls the influential force of the exhibitions, the vibrancy of Harlem and the many significiant personalities that shaped the movement, such as William E. Harmon, W.E.B. DuBois and Alain Locke."

Check out the African American History Month website at  There is a wealth of information from  The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  There online exhibits, collections, images, audio and video.  

Monday, February 03, 2014

I Love the Scranton Public Library Photo Contest

I Love the Scranton Public Library
 Photo Contest
What do you love about the library?
How to Enter:
1. Take a photo at or of any of the Scranton Public Library Locations:
· Albright Memorial Library
· Lackawanna County Children’s Library
· Nancy K. Holmes Branch
· Library Express
2. Upload it to Instagram
3. Tag it #ScrantonPublicLibrary
Questions? Talk to us on Twitter @scrantonlibrary 
Some FAQs:
· How long does the contest run?
The contest runs February 1st- February 28th at  midnight.
· Who is eligible to enter?
Members of Lackawanna County Library System   Library.
· Do participants have an entry limit?
Limit 5 photos per entry.
· How will the winner be selected?
The winner will be selected by the Scranton Public Library’s Digital Services Librarian.  A fan prize pack will be awarded for the most engaging photo.
· How will the winner be contacted?
They will be contacted via their Instagram account.