Annual Fundraiser!

8.5x11-SRFundraiserJoin us Thursday, August 14th at 6pm at the Backyard Ale House in Scranton for our annual fundraiser!

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online, at the Albright Memorial Library, Nancy K. Holmes Library, Library Express or at the door the night of the event.

A ticket covers free food, open bar and live music by Pat Finnerty. We will also have a basket raffle with lots of fantastic baskets!

All monies made will go toward funding this year’s Scranton Reads programming. Be sure to come out, it will be a great time!

2014 Book Selection

Scranton Reads: One City, One Book, a joint venture of the City of Scranton and the Albright Memorial Library is proud to announce the 2014 selection for Scranton Reads, the various works of Edgar Allan Poe. The works of Edgar Allan Poe  joins other great books such as The Red Badge of Courage, Bless Me Ultima, Fahrenheit 451 and The Things They Carried as recent selections by Scranton Reads.

2014 marks the 165th anniversary of Poe’s death on October 7, 1849. To kick off events scheduled for the month of October, an event will be held at the Albright Memorial Library on October 7th. Make sure you check back frequently for up to date information on events!

That’s a wrap!

Scranton Reads 2013 will be wrapping up tomorrow with our last book discussion at the Carbondale Public Library.   We hope you enjoyed this year’s selection and events.  We will start reviewing what worked, what didn’t and what we should do next year very soon.  We’d love to hear from you!  Did you like the book? What event was your favorite?  What book should we read next year?


“Straight and Swift to My Wounded I Go”: The Reality of Civil War Medicine

Join us for a presentation by Robert D. Hicks, PhD Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Medical Library and Gerald P. Tracy M.D., Associate Dean for Regional Campus Development, The Commonwealth Medical College about medical practices during the Civil War in Room 2001 at The Commonwealth Medical College on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. 

‘A Burden Too Heavy to Bear’: War Trauma, Suicide and Confederate Soldiers

“‘A Burden Too Heavy to Bear’: War Trauma, Suicide and Confederate Soldiers”
A Lecture and Discussion with Diane Miller Sommerville, Associate Professor of History, Binghamton University
Friday, October 25, 12-1 p.m.
Penn State Worthington Scranton
120 Ridge View Drive
Sherbine Lounge in the Study Learning Center- Campus Map

Diane Miller Sommerville is Associate Professor of History at Binghamton University, SUNY, where she also is Director of Graduate Studies and teaches broadly in American history. Her first book was called RAPE AND RACE IN THE 19TH-CENTURY SOUTH and explored cases of black men, slave and free, charged with sexually assaulting white females. She is currently at work on a monograph tentatively entitled, “Aberration of Mind: Suicide, Suffering and the Civil War South” for which she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. An article that examines the suicides of Confederate soldiers during the war will appear in the December issue of CIVIL WAR HISTORY.



Buster Keaton’s The General

Join us for a screening of Buster Keaton’s film The General followed by a discussion led by Kevin Norris of the University of Scranton in Room 305 in the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton on Friday, October 18th starting at 7 pm.   Sign up

Walking Into the Light at Gettysburg: A Scranton Reads Event

Tony Mussari screened his documentary, Walking into the Light at Gettysburg last week.  We had a wonderful turn out and hope everyone enjoyed the film.  Mrs. Mussari took notes about the discussion that occurred after screening.  If you were unable to join us, please visit their website, The Face of America, to review the comments.


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