Historians and Their Subjects Behaving Badly

Historians and Their Subjects Behaving Badly
Monday, October 10th at 12:15– 1:20 pm Hawk Lecture Hall (Room 201) . Penn State Worthington Scranton, 120 Ridge View Drive, Dunmore, PA 18512

Drawing on connections between Margaret Atwood’s work of fiction and the essential work of history, Dr. Adam Pratt will discuss what can sometimes go wrong in studies of the past. Dr. Pratt will talk about what historians do, namely, interpret the past through primary sources, and how that process, as simple as it sounds, can run afoul. He’ll describe a few cases of historians being less than honest about their findings, and instances when historical actors left records that were highly doctored. The lecture is free and open to the public. Please join us for a fun and illuminating discussion of historical bad behavior. Dr. Pratt is an assistant professor of history at The University of Scranton. He specializes in Jacksonian America and the U.S. Civil War.

Call for Artists!- Deadline Extended to October 6th

fbartshow“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom.   We lived in the gaps between the stories.”   -Margaret Atwood  “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Join Scranton Reads as we explore Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel,  The Handmaid’s Tale.  In the spirit of the tape recordings that, in the story, became the handmaid’s tale,  artists of all visual mediums were welcome to create pieces of art inspired by the book on used cassette tapes.

Free cassette tapes are available at the Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton.

The art pieces will be on display at  The Leonard  Theater on Friday,  October 7th from 6 to 8 pm and the Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus from October 14th to October 31st.


  • All artwork must be original to the artist who is submitting.
  • All artwork must be a visual transformation of the provided cassette tape. No audio medium will be accepted.  Tapes are available at the Albright Memorial Library.
  • Make sure to indicate the top of your piece.
  • All artwork should reflect the subjects or themes of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
  • Pieces will be displayed at The Leonard Theater on Friday, October 7 and from October 14th– 31st at Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus in Dunmore.
  • Please submit all entries to the Albright Memorial Library no later than October 6, 2016.
  • Pieces will not be sold and will be available for pick up at the Albright Memorial Library from November 7 to December 1st. Any pieces not claimed after December 1, 2016 will become property of the Scranton Public Library.

The Gaps Between the Stories Art Submission Form

Finger Lakes Wine Country Bus Trip

Join the Scranton Public Library and Scranton Reads for a Finger Lakes Wine Country Bus Trip on Sunday, September 11, 2016.
Adult [21+]: $100.00

DEPARTURE TIMES: 8:30 a.m. 9/11/2016 Scranton Public Library at 500 Vine Street, Scranton
APPROX. RETURN TIME: 9:00 p.m. 9/11/2016 Scranton Public Library
– Roundtrip bus transportation (driver’s tip included)
– 3 Course Dinner at Belhurst Castle
– Tasting fees at 5 wineries
– Coupons towards wine purchases
A non-refundable $50.00 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 August 26. 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 the Seneca Lake Wine Country, go to their homepage at www.senecalakewine.com


Casks for a Cause: Scranton Reads

FirkinFridayJoin us for Firkin Friday at Cooper’s Seafood House on Friday, March 25th at 5 pm! We’ll be raising money for Scranton Reads with basket raffles, 50/50 raffle and sales of the firkin beer, Shady Spot Shanty infused with raspberries, from Susquehanna Brewing Company.

What is a firkin ale?

A firkin is a small keg, holds about 10 gallons or so of cask-conditioned, 50°F beer. We source our firkins from breweries in our backyard to breweries across the country! The cask is always a special, one-of-a-kind beer connoisseur’s treat. It is available only until it runs dry, which could be just hours (or less) after it’s tapped.


Salinger in No Man’s Land

Join us on  Monday, November 2 at 12 p.m. in the K. Bruce Sherbine Lounge at Penn State Worthington Scranton for a panel discussion entitled, Salinger in Man’s Land.
Like its famous protagonist, Salinger’s 1951 novel doesn’t seem to fit into the usual categories. Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation about what makes the book alternately, and simultaneously, banned and beloved in American society.
Matthew S. Hinton, MA, MFA, has authored several plays and is Coordinator of Writing at Misericordia University. His collection of detective poetry, entitled “Instant Deaths and Stutter Guns,” is forthcoming.
Richard Hancuff, PhD, teaches English at Misericordia University, where he specializes in 20th-century American and African American literature. He also serves on the board of Poetry in Transit, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting poetry in public spaces.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kelley Wagers: kjw14@psu.edu

Catcher in the Rye Discussion Question #4

The entire novel is written as if Holden were telling the story to an unnamed person. To whom do you think Holden is telling his tale? And what, if anything, can we conclude about his ultimate fate?

Catcher in the Rye Discussion Question #3

Would you consider Holden a hero? An anti-hero?  Why or why not?

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