Spelling Bee Champions!

Scranton Reads Grown Up Spelling BeeA big thank you to everyone who came out on Thursday to our first ever Scranton Reads Grown Up Spelling Bee!  It was a lot of fun and congratulations to our champion Sarah and the second place finisher, Gretchen.

There was talk about additional spelling bees and we’ll keep you posted with our future plans.



Grown-Up Spelling Bee Fundraiser!

SpellingBeeRelive your grade school days with our first ever Grown-Up Spelling Bee!  This is a 21+ event on Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 pm at The Bog on Adams Ave in Scranton.  It will be $3 to play the three rounds of spelling challenges that you can play on your own or as a team of 5. Prizes will be awarded to the top speller!

Proceeds from the event will support Scranton Reads’ activities this fall.  See you there!

Call for Entries!


You should never judge a book by it’s cover, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be well designed!

This year Scranton Reads has selected The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. An often banned book in many community around the country.  We are asking you to read the selected book or your favorite banned book and to design a book cover based on your interpretation.  Visit The Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association for more information on Banned Books Week at: http://www.ala.org/bbooks and for a list of frequently banned books.

All artistic mediums are welcome.  Deadline for submission is October 1, 2015.

All artwork will be judged by attendees at our kick off event, The Banned Books Read Aloud, on Saturday, October 3rd at the 2 pm at the Albright Memorial Library.

Prizes will be awarded to the crowd favorite and most creative.

Scranton Reads Book Cover Design Contest Rules & Eligibility:

  • Eligible participants are any persons who have read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger or any other popular banned book.
  • Three categories base age have been set:

Intermediate, ages through 13

High School, ages 13-17

Adult, ages 18 & above

  • All artwork must be original to the artist who is entering, an adaption of existing artwork is not acceptable.
  • Artists are permitted to enter one (1) original design.
  • No design is to be larger than 11” x 18” (think of the size of a book cover!)
  • Two-dimensional artwork must be mounted on black board, foam board or similar material.

Download your entry form today!

Finger Lakes Wine Festival Bus Trip

Join the Scranton Public Library and Scranton Reads for the Finger Lakes Wine Festival Bus Trip Fundraiser on Sunday, July 12, 2015.

The Finger Lakes Wine Festival, held at Watkins Glen International Speedway, features over 80 NY wineries offering 600 different wine samples, educational wine seminars and numerous art and cooking demonstrations. Local craft and food vending round out a fun filled day.
Adult: $75.00

DEPARTURE TIMES: 8:00 a.m. 7/12/2015 Scranton Public Library at 500 Vine Street, Scranton
APPROX. RETURN TIME: 8:00 p.m. 7/12/2012 Scranton Public Library
-Roundtrip bus transportation (drivers tip included)
-Ticket to festival
-Commemorative wine glass
-All food is on your own
-Any activities that are not included with the regular ticket
A non-refundable $30.00 deposit per person is due at time of booking. If deposit is not received within 7 days of booking, your reservation will cancel automatically. All reservations and final payments are required by July 1, 2015. Payments will be accepted in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Checks should be made out to Scranton Public Library. Should cancellation become necessary, no refunds will be issued unless your seat(s) can be resold. Seats will be assigned, we will do our best to accommodate a seating preference. If traveling with another party, please inform us at time of booking.

Everyone must be 21+ years old to attend this bus trip. Proof of ID is required.

For reservations please contact:  Laura Hendricks at (570) 348-3000 x3043.

For more information please visit www.scrantonreads.org and www.flwinefest.com

Don’t miss these great events!

Poe and the Modern Crime Scene

Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm – the 5th floor of Seeley Hall at Lackawanna College RSVP

A presentation by Sgt. Michael Flanagan discussing modern day crime scene techniques and how they compare to how
detectives worked in Poe’s short stories.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!

Thursday, October 23rd at 6pm – at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library RSVP

Bring a flash light and be prepared to read “scary” stories and poems by authors Edgar Allan Poe, Alvin Schwartz, Jack Prelutsky and David San Souci. For students grades 4, 5 & 6.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Wednesday, October 29th at 7pm – in Collegiate Hall in Reddington Hall at the University of Scranton

Albright Memorial Library’s Teen Action Board presents an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, including poetry and a stage
adaptation of Poe’s iconic Tell Tale Heart. RSVP


This week in Scranton Reads!

Horror, Revenge, and Death: Reflections on Poe

Wednesday, October 15th at 7pm – in the Comerford Theater at Marywood University

Come hear about Poe from the perspectives of Religion, Psychology, and Philosophy in such stories as The Tell Tale Heart, and
The Pit and the Pendulum. RSVP

Movie Night: The Pit and the Pendulum

Friday, October 17th at 7pm – in Room 305 in the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton RSVP

Join us for a screening of The Pit and the Pendulum followed by a discussion led by Kevin Norris of the University of Scranton.

Kick Off!

logoKick Off Event

Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm – in the Periodicals Room at the Albright Memorial Library RSVP

Join us for a wake celebrating Edgar Allan Poe including a funeral exhibit by the Dearly Departed Players, a reading of The Raven, Dominick Azzarelli as Poe and light refreshments.


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