Library News

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.

“Chris Picks” September: Slipstream

Here are this month’s five great recommendations from staff member Christopher Jennings Penders! Click on a title to place a hold. To find previous Chris Picks just click on the “what to read” link at the bottom of this page or type “Chris Picks” into the search bar on our home page.

Graham Joyce
Graham Joyce is a speculative fiction author I’ve read many times. He is well worth a look. Sadly, Graham Joyce passed in 2014. His legacy lives on through the many books he has written. I’ve read quite a few of his books and have enjoyed each one.

  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale
    For twenty years, Tara Martin has been missing. Her family has given up all hope of ever seeing her again. Then one Christmas day, she reappears looking not a day older than the day she vanished.
  • Dark Sister
    Maggie, a mother and housewife, discovers an herbalist’s journal while cleaning. The journal, it turns out, belonged to a powerful witch, and as Maggie delves deeper into the book she too begins to realize that she possesses the same power to heal and harm those around her.
  • The Silent Land
    Caught in a blinding snowstorm and avalanche while skiing in Switzerland, married couple Jake and Zoe dig themselves out and look for help. What they find is a deserted town. No one is left. They go into a hotel expecting to see some sign of life, but just like the town itself, the hotel is completely devoid of guests as well as workers.
  • Indigo is another book I thoroughly enjoyed.

Jonathan Carroll
Jonathan Carroll is my favorite author and if I’ve mentioned him here before I apologize. If anyone has read Alice Hoffman, another favorite of mine, I’ve concluded that the best way to describe Mr. Carroll is that he’s Alice Hoffman on LSD. Carroll has written a sort of trilogy with White Apples being the first and Glass Soup the conclusion. In Bathing the Lion, one of the main entities in the first two books appears for a final time. I have yet to find a Carroll book that I haven’t adored. Teaching the Dog to Read and The Ghost in Love are two more standouts.

Charles DeLint
What I like about Charles DeLint is that he has created a fictional town in Canada called Newford and he populates the town with the same characters that show up in each of his books. This way, the reader becomes familiar with everyone in the town. Sometimes one or two characters play a leading role. In another book, someone else may play the lead, but every book DeLint has written takes place in Newford so there is continuity throughout his series.

Suzanne Palmieri
I first heard of Suzanne Palmieri when I read The Witch of Little Italy. So much of what Suzanne wrote in that book aligns with my worldview. After reading The Witch of Little Italy, I shared my thoughts on the book online and Suzanne responded:

“I know we have not met. I know I was thrilled that you were interested in reading my book. But now? I know we have met…And out of all the amazing (and truly unexpected) reactions of people connecting with this novel…Yours has moved me the most. I am so honored. Really.”

Suzanne and I have continued to correspond, and we’ve become friends now as well.

Alice Hoffman
As mentioned above, Alice Hoffman is another slipstream writer I enjoy.  Even after all these years and the many books I’ve read, River King remains my favorite. Ms. Hoffman, like Jonathan Carroll, has yet to disappoint me. She has an entire catalog of books to choose from and I don’t think you can go wrong with anything you choose to read.