Mini Golf Fundraiser This Month at Alright Memorial Library

The Scranton Public Library will bring back its Mini Golf fundraiser on Sunday, Jan. 30, from noon to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event will take place at the Albright Memorial Library on 500 Vine St., Scranton and the Lackawanna County Children’s Library, next door. All proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit library programs and services for children.

People of all ages can enjoy playing 18 holes of mini golf right in the library. Each course is designed to use the library’s bookshelves, ramps, and open spaces to create a one-of-a-kind mini golf experience.

Putter and golf balls will be provided. Guests can also take a chance on raffle baskets.

Face masks are strongly recommended to be worn by participants ages 2 and up, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the libraries for guests to use. Putters and golf balls will be sanitized after each player.

“Having our Mini Golf event in January provides families a day’s entertainment to do something fun in the winter. By taking some extra safety measures, we are happy to again offer this event while also raising awareness that the library is open and safe and offers essential services to children and families,” said Scott Thomas, CEO of the Scranton Public Library.”

Tickets cost $5 for children ages 12 and under and $10 for everyone else. Tickets are on sale online at or in-person at the following Scranton Library locations:

Albright Memorial Library | 500 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509

Lackawanna County Children’s Library | 520 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509

Library Express Bookstore | 2nd Floor of The Marketplace at Steamtown, 300 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton, PA 18503

Nancy Kay Holmes Library | 1032 Green Ridge Street, Scranton, PA 18509

For more information, call the library at (570) 348-3000.

Library Serves Dunmore Borough

Dunmore residents pose with Scranton Public Library staff at the Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library located on the corner of Green Ridge Street and Wyoming Avenue. Shown from left are: Brianna Hendricks, Laura Hendricks, Zachary Hendricks, Anna Kilcullen, Librarian; Garrett Saresky, Scott Thomas, CEO of Scranton Public Library; Hudson Saresky, and Diane Demko, Library Branch Manager.

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 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

Calendar of Events: May 2016

DHS Class of ‘49 Reunion

The Dunmore High School Class of 1949 is celebrating its 67th reunion with a trip to Woodloch Pines on May 26. For information, contact Ernie Gatto at (570) 961-0419 or Frank DeVizio at (570) 955-9854.

Sherwood Park Spring Carnival

The Sherwood Youth Association will be holding their annual spring carnival May 3 through 7 at Sherwood Park in Dunmore. There will rides, games, food and fun compliments of Midway by A.E.B Amusement. The carnival will be a great gathering for the whole family.

Swingin’ on Vine

The seventh annual Swingin’ On Vine for the Albright Memorial Library is a block party lackawanna-librarythat will take place in front of the Library on the 500 block on Vine St. in downtown Scranton. This year’s event is on Friday, May 27, from 5-8 p.m. and all proceeds benefit the Library. Music will be by Paul LaBelle and The Exact Change, with beer, wine, margaritas,  raffles and food from local businesses and restaurants. Guests must be 21 or older. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at the Albright Memorial Library, Nancy Kay Holmes Library and the Lackawanna County Children’s Library.

Old Time Fiddlers

The Old Time Fiddlers will appear on Friday, May 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Dunmore Presbyterian Church, 137 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Donation is $10 payable at the door. Refreshments will be available. The public is invited.

Italian language hour

SIAMO, The Italian-American Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, will host its next Italian Language Hour on Sunday, May 22, at the Taylor Community Library, 710 S. Main St., Taylor, beginning at 2 p.m.

SIAMO’s Italian Language Hours are designed as practice time for speakers of Italian of all levels, including beginner. Some knowledge of the Italian language is necessary to participate as this is not a class. For more information, visit

Railriders “Pay It Forward Wednesday”

railridersThe SWB Railriders will host “pay it forward Wednesday” on on June 8 at 6:35 p.m. Proceeds from that night go to In Pursuit Of Grace, a non-profit animal-based community outreach organization providing TNR for feral cats, low cost spay-neuter for dogs, pet food assistance, animal advocacy and education. Bleacher tickets are $10 and can be purchased by phone (570)468-6063 or on their website.

Leadership Lackawanna

Leadership Lackawanna invites community members to join the #HistoricScranton Core Class of 2016 team at the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, 700 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, on First Friday, May 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., to join in the unveiling of their yearlong project. The project is the compilation of all Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) properties in an online, publicly accessible resource. The event will be free to the public, and will include a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres to enjoy.

Limited edition #‎HistoricScranton t-shirts, featuring a typography map of the addresses of HARB’s historic buildings, will also be available for sale, as well as a coloring table featuring coloring sheets of historical properties in Scranton. There will also be guided walking tours of historic buildings.

Marywood Art Exhibits

GRADUATE MFA EXHIBITION, May 7 – June 3; exhibition features Masters of Fine Arts thesis work of Annmarie Holler in painting and Eva Polizzi in ceramics combining fibers in Mahady Gallery. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CLIPPED, RIPPED, AND REASSEMBLED:  New Works in Paper Collage by Pamela M. Parsons will be in the Suraci Gallery through May 8. A little Americana is revealed through repurposed diverse graphic matter, juxtaposing color and image to create new intricate designs and off-beat narratives. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Coal mine tours open

Coal_Mine_4-09_074Local residents and visitors from across the nation and around the globe can journey beneath the earth to catch a glimpse of our area’s rich mining history with the season’s opening of the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour at McDade Park, Scranton. The tour is available Mondays through Sundays  from 10 a.m. to  3 p.m., (with the last tour heading into the mine at 3).  The historic visit of our mining industry lasts for one hour. The mine season runs through Nov. 30.

The fee structure is as follows:  Adults – $10 each; Senior Citizens $9.50; Military personnel – $9; Groups – $8 per person; and Children (three – 12 years of age) – $7.50.  Youngsters under three years old are admitted free. For additional information, contact McDade Park at 570-963-6764.