Final week of Scranton Reads events

The War of the Worlds: When will the next pandemic occur?
Date: Monday, October 29th @ 6:30– 8:00 pm
Location: Learning Commons, Room 206, Marywood University

In the book The War of the Worlds, the Martians were destroyed by a virus that was benign to humans, but highly pathogenic to the invaders. All pathogens are not created equal.  The discussion, with Dr. Christopher Brey, will focus on what characteristic makes one pathogen more deadly then another and are we prepared for the next influenza (i.e., bird flu) outbreak?

Survival Skills
Date: Tuesday, October 30th @ 6:30– 8:00 pm
Location: Learning Commons, Room 206, Marywood University

In the book the War of the Worlds, an extraterrestrial invasion is stopped, not by the military, but by an invasion of a different sorts: disease. Throughout the story we see how the military responds to an outside threat, but we don’t see how they would respond to an epidemic. This discussion with Christopher Smith will hit on what a possible military response to a rampaging disease might look like as well as provide tips on what basic skills and supplies you might need in case of an extreme emergency situation.

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Week 2 of Scranton Reads!

War of the Worlds Film Screening
Date: Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 pm
Location: Valley Community Library, 739 River Street, Peckville

Join the film fans at the Valley Community Library to watch the 1953 film version of War of the Worlds.

 Socrates Café 
Date: Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 pm
Location: Henkelman Room, 2nd Floor, Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton

During their monthly meeting, Socrates Café will be discussing the philosophical issues in The War of the Worlds.  This discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Phil Jenkins from Marywood University.

October 10th events

War of the Worlds Film Screening
Date: Wednesday, October 10 at 2:00 pm
Location: Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton

Join the weekly Matinée at the Albright Memorial Library to watch the 1953 film version of War of the Worlds.

History of the Carbondale UFO Sighting
Date: Wednesday, October 10 at 6:00 pm
Location: Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton

Local Historian Robert Powell from the Carbondale Historical Society will tell the tale of the 1974 Carbondale UFO sighting.

Scranton Reads Kick Off!

 Join us at our Scranton Reads 2018 Kick Off!

See the amazing The War of the Worlds inspired art that was created by readers and artists on Friday, October 5th from 6 to 8 pm at the Albright Memorial Library!

We’ll be airing the the classic radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds by The Mercury Theatre on the Air’s through out the evening.  We will also have snacks sponsored by Space Time Mead and Cider Works and copies of the book for readers.

October is next week!

Scranton Reads is pleased to announce its 2018 selection:

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

War of the WorldsFirst published in 1898. War of the Worlds is one of the first novels to detail a conflict between humankind and an extraterrestrial race. It tells the story of a young man and his brother, both trapped in London as southern England is invaded by Martians. To this day, it remains one of the most commented-on works in the science fiction canon and has inspired and influenced authors, artists, and scientists alike.  It has spawned numerous artistic adaptations including an infamous 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles that supposedly caused widespread panic and outrage as listeners were led to believe the events described were real.

 

 

 

Books are available at any of the libraries in the Lackawanna County Library System.

Download the audiobook from RBDigital.

Download the ebook from OverDrive

Call for Artists!

 

Join Scranton Reads as we celebrate H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Artists of all visual mediums are welcome to create pieces of art inspired by The War of the Worlds.

The art pieces will be on display at the Albright Memorial Library on Friday, October 5th from 6 to 8 pm.

 

 

 

Guidelines:

  • All artwork must be original to the artist who is submitting.
  • Make sure to indicate the top of your piece.
  • All artwork should reflect the subjects or themes of The War of the Worlds.
  • Pieces will be displayed at the Albright Memorial Library on Friday, October 5th from 6 to 8 pm.
  • Please submit all entries to the Albright Memorial Library no later than October 1, 2018.
  • Pieces will not be sold and will be available for pick up at the Albright Memorial Library starting October 8th.  Any pieces not claimed after November 1, 2018 will become property of the Scranton Public Library.

:It Came From Space Art Submission Form

Cask for a Cause: Scranton Reads

Firkin Friday

Join us for Firkin Friday at Cooper’s Seafood House on Friday, March 30th starting at 5 pm! We’ll be raising money for Scranton Reads with basket raffles, 50/50 raffle and sales of a firkin beer from Susquehanna Brewing Company.

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