Many people know that, in Pennsylvania, the place where you live is served by a school district, but many people don’t know that public libraries are also assigned specific areas to serve. For Dunmore this is the Scranton Public Library which, in addition to the historic Albright Memorial Library in downtown Scranton, has a branch very close to the border at the corner of Green Ridge Street and Wyoming Avenue.
This fact is something that is very important to Scott Thomas, CEO of the Scranton Public Library and Dunmore resident. “Living in Dunmore, I know people do not realize that the Scranton Public Library is their library too. Now that I am CEO of the library, I am in a position to get the word out.”
The Scranton Public Library has a 128-year history and continues to play an important role in the communities it serves. “The pandemic,” says Thomas, “has shown that people need a place to, not just check out books, but get help with accessing government information, safely participate in activities for children, and connect with people and resources.”
The library, like everyone, has adapted to the new world. “We now have a home delivery, eBooks, streaming movies through the Kanopy app, eAudioBooks through the Libby app, and curbside pickup.” All of these are free with a Lackawanna County Library System library card.
Library cards are free for residents of all ages. There are two ways to sign up for a library card. It can be done on the Web at lclshome.org/join or anyone interested can visit any Scranton Public Library location with a document showing a proof of address.
For more information about the Library, call (570) 348-3000 or visit lclshome.org.