Celebrating “National Library Week” in Lackawanna County

The Lackawanna County Commissioners designated April 3 – 9 “National Library Week” in our community and presented a proclamation to members of the County’s library system.  These institutions are halls of learning and true treasures for our residents.  They offer a variety of programs, services and assistance that is free to the public with a library card. 

Shown from left: Betsy Bonczar and Shu Qiu, Dalton Community Library; Maura Rottmund, Carbondale Public Library; Laurie LaClair, Taylor Community Library; Melanie Rosato, Abington Community Library; Scott Thomas, Scranton Public Library; Mary Garm, Lackawanna County Library System Administrator; Commissioner Debi Domenick; Evie McNulty, Library System Board Member; Commissioner Chris Chermak; Commissioner Jerry Notarianni; Atty. Frank Ruggiero, County Solicitor; Mary Rable, Lackawanna County Library System; and Elizabeth Tarr, North Pocono Public Library.

Calling All Artists: Community Mural Program

The Lackawanna County Commissioners are providing area students with an opportunity to showcase their art and design talents by participating in the COVID-19 Community Mural Program.  

They will have the opportunity to create and paint up to two 3’ x 3’ portable community murals that will serve as COVID-19 Memorials.  The winning designs will be displayed permanently in the entrance of the Lackawanna County Government Center, 123 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. 

One mural is to honor those who have lost their lives during the pandemic, and the second mural is to recognize frontline workers – health care professionals, service providers, delivery personnel, truck drivers, and others who have helped everyone to get through the pandemic and to also get products to market.  

The schools must be located in Lackawanna County, and they may submit designs for one or both mural topics.  The 3’x 3’ prepped boards will be delivered to the school(s) for painting upon selection.

Murals must be original designs and feature only secular symbols or imagery. Schools may submit up to three designs for each category. 

The submission deadline is due Friday, April 1. 

Awards will be announced, and the boards will be delivered to the winning school(s) by April 8.  

For an application visit www.lackawannacounty.org.  For additional details, contact Traci Harte, Deputy Chief of Staff, at hartet@lackawannacounty.org.  

Delivering Smiles to Children for the Holidays

The Lackawanna County Commissioners recently presented a $25,000 donation to support the annual Toys For Tots Drive.  Due to the economic hardships created by the COVID 19 pandemic, this gift helped to deliver smiles, hope, and Santa to children during the holiday season.

Shown from left are:  Brenda Sacco, Lackawanna County Economic Development Director; Commissioner Chris Chermak, Marine Staff Sergeant Sal Dely, J.J. Perrone, Lackawanna County Economic Development Department; Commissioner Debi Domenick, Esq., and Commissioner Jerry Notarianni.