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.


Scranton Reads Kicks off Another Year

On Friday, October 6, Scranton Reads kicked off another year with a First Friday historic letter reading event.

Scranton Reads committee members read historic letters from their local organizations and excerpts of this year’s book Gilead.

Sarah Piccini from the Lackawanna Historical Society reads a letter from George Scranton about the success of the iron furnaces.

Annette Fischer from Marywood University reads letters from the nuns who helped start and create the university.

Dr. Rebecca Beal, English Professor from the University of Scranton, reads excerpts of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.




Jack Finnerty, Director of the Scranton Public Library, reads a letter from John J. Albright to the Scranton Board of Trade.


Alana Zurinski from the GAR Civil War Museum reads letters from soldiers to their families.

Jessica Serrenti from the Albright Memorial Library reads excerpts of Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.


Thank you to everyone for attending the Scranton Reads Kick-Off Event!


War on the Home Front Presentation This Friday

Join Scranton Reads and the GAR Civil War Museum & Library for a free presentation about war on the home front as seen in Gilead and in Lackawanna County. Guests will learn about the hardships and strength families carried with them as their loved ones fought in the civil war. After the presentation, visitors will be able to explore the civil war museum.

Parking will be available on South Dix Ct. between Scranton City Hall and the Scranton Fire Department. Street parking and Adams Parking Garage are also available.

War on the Home Front 

Date: Friday, October 20
Time:  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: The Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library, 340 N Washington Ave, Scranton. Please use the side entrance of Scranton City Hall, facing Mulberry Street, to access the museum.

“Marilynne Robinson’s American Vision” A Lecture and Discussion with Joseph Kraus, Ph.D. 

“Marilynne Robinson’s American Vision” A Lecture and Discussion with Joseph Kraus, Ph.D. 

Date: Wednesday, October 18th
Time: 12:15 pm
Location: Hawk Lecture Hall, Business Building, Room 201, Penn State Worthington Scranton, 120 Ridge View Road, Dunmore PA

Dr. Kraus, Professor of English at The University of Scranton, will help us find our way in Gilead by considering some of the traditions Marilynne Robinson is drawing upon in her story. We will discuss the theological and historical strains of thought she seeks to recover as well as the critique of American culture she seems to be offering. This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

Exit Strategies:  End of Life Care in the United States

Date: Sunday, October 15
Time:  1:30 to 2:30 pm
Location: Pearn Auditorium, Brennan Hall 208University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

Join Dr. Jones, Perelman School of Medicine of the University of  Pennsylvania, as he discusses the medical and practical end of life issues.

October is here!

First Friday Kick-Off

Date: Friday, October 6
Time:  6:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine Street, Scranton

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of Scranton Reads 2017! We will be reading historical letters from local area organizations as well as selections from this year’s book, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.  We will have free copies of the book as well light refreshments.

Scranton Reads 2017 Book Selected

The Scranton Reads Committee is happy to announce 2017’s selected book title! This year, we will be reading the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

The book follows Reverend John Ames who lives in the fictional town of Gilead, Iowa in 1956.  He writes a letter to his seven year old son, reflecting on the life he has lived so far and sharing stories of his grandfather, who served in the American Civil War, and father to pass down to his only son. As the letter progresses, the Reverend switches from past to present, sharing his thoughts about his closest friends and the townspeople. It is a story about faith, love, sacrifice, regret, and makes us question the importance of family history.

Among its accomplishments, Gilead has also won the National Books Critics Circle Award, Ambassador Book Award, Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, the Rodda Book Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award and was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

Gilead is the first book in Robinson’s series which details the lives of several characters who live in Gilead, Iowa. The novel precedes two other books in the series: Home (2) and Lila (3).

Reserve your copy from the Library today! We will also be giving out free copies of the book at the kick-off event on October 6 at the Albright Memorial Library.


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