Fall Mindfulness Meditation

Thursdays, October 6 – November 11 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Join us for a virtual meditation series this autumn! Meditation is a wonderful technique used to reduce stress and anxiety. We all know that life is often stressful and everyone needs time to relax. Mindfulness Meditation will help you manage negative emotions while finding your inner peace.

Oktoberfest @ the Library!

Wednesday, October 5th, 6:30 p.m.

Learn all about the history of Oktoberfest while enjoying a guided tasting of vintage German beers. You’ll also learn about the brewing process, the story of the Paulaner brand, and how Oktoberfest is celebrated both abroad and in the U.S. today. Each patron will receive a free beer mug and t-shirt and delicious Oktoberfest refreshments will be served. Participants must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Celestial Navigation and Stargazing 101

Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 p.m. Johnson Community Room.

Celestial navigation is the science of finding your way by the sun, moon, stars, and planets; it was frequently used in coastal towns like Madison by sailors going to sea. Brian Kohler of Mystic Seaport’s Treworgy Planetarium will teach program participants how to chart a course on the open seas using the vintage tools and instruments that formed the basis for our modern GPS system. Afterward, he will take the audience outside for a stargazing session with one of the Planetarium’s powerful telescopes to experience the highlights of the autumn sky!

The Big Read Book Club: Infinite Country

Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. (hybrid program).

Join us to discuss the acclaimed 2021 novel “Infinite Country” by Patricia Engel. Rich with Bogotá urban life, steeped in Andean myth, and tense with the daily reality for the undocumented in America, this is the story of two countries and one family — for whom every triumph is stitched with regret and every dream pursued bears the weight of a dream deferred. Patrons may attend either virtually or in person; coffee and refreshments will be served.



Scranton Writers’ Club at the SML

Begins Saturday, September 24 at 10 a.m.

Join our new in-person writers’ club at the library! This program will be led by Chris Penders, an acclaimed local author and all-around writing savant. Every fourth Saturday, you’ll respond to a creative prompt, share what you wrote, and give each other feedback. You may also present your own writing projects to the group for suggestions and critiques.

Get More Books through the Palace Project

The Palace Project provides e-books and audiobooks through the Connecticut State Library and partnering libraries. 

With the Palace app, you will have access to titles from the digital collections of Scranton Library (through OverDrive), the Connecticut State Library, Digital Public Library of America’s Open Bookshelf, and New York Public Library’s Instant Classics. You will not have access to digital magazines, however, and must still read those through the Libby app or OverDrive website.

Download the Palace app and look for E.C. Scranton Memorial Library. You will need to type in your library card to log in and download books. 

Palace app for Android

Palace app for iOS

Getting Started Guide

Teen Creative Writing Group

Begins Wednesday, December 1 at 5 p.m. @ the SML.

In this exciting new weekly program, teen writers will explore and foster their creative voice through writing prompts and exercises. Covering short stories, poetry, prose, non-fiction, and more, writers will be able to share their work and collaborate with others in a relaxed workshop environment. Ages 12-18 are welcome!