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 www.albright.org 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 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.

Scranton Public Library Concert to feature Chris Smithers

library concert pic.jpgChris Smithers will present a concert hosted by The Scranton Public Library at the Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College on Saturday, Oct. 22,  at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22, and are available online or at the Albright Memorial Library, Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, and Library Express in The Marketplace at Steamtown.

All proceeds will benefit the Scranton Public Library. Chris Smither is a profound songwriter, a blistering guitarist, and, as he puts it, a ‘one-man band to the bone!’ Mr. Smither has played alongside famed musicians Bonnie Raitt and the late B.B. King. Concertgoers are invited to POSH at the Scranton Club after the show for free desserts.