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Scranton Shops Fundraiser

A fundraiser to spotlight local businesses and support Scranton Library

June 4th, 6 – 9 PM ● Scranton Library, 801 Boston Post Road ● Rain or Shine

On Friday, June 4th from 6 to 9 pm, Scranton Library will debut-Scranton Shops-a fundraising event that will showcase our amazing building, support local businesses, as well as raise the funds required for our operating budget.

Vendors from Madison and other surrounding towns will set up their own little “pop-up” stations scattered safely throughout the Library. What a great venue for small companies to showcase and sell their wares. Shoppers’ $50 entrance ticket entitles them to refreshments in the Outdoor Lounge, shopping to live music by Brad & Brian—and the much-needed opportunity to get out and about that has been sorely missed this year!

Vendors: We are looking for small and medium-sized local businesses, crafters, and artisans. The table fee is $40 and the donation of one (1) small gift valued at $20 for a take-a-chance prize. Please review our vendor guidelines and complete an application form.* Applications close 2 weeks before the event date of June 4th.

*Scranton Shops reserves the right to refuse the application of any company or individual

Sponsors:* A very sincere thank you to our generous sponsors –

Jennifer Ashley, Christian & Martha Bardin, Libby and Dave Bohonnon, Susan Cartledge, Heath, Morgan, Sandy Cockrell, Jocelyn Cunningham, Maureen Dalton, Mary Farrell, Alise Ferency, Michele Flynn, Jane Gamber, Susan Geisenheimer, Sara Greenwood, Annette Healey, Laurie Heflin, Tina Kislak, Karen Lee, Susan Labovich, Sally Lawrence, Heidi Palmer, Leslie Palumbo Family Foundation, Nancy Smith, Martine Stamos, Michelle Volpe (law firm)

*To sponsor this event, please complete the Scranton Shops Sponsor Form

Ticket Sales: Ticket sales begin the week of May 3rd. Check back here for details and where to buy tickets.

COVID-19: If local authorities require cancellation of Scranton Shops due to official order, vendors and guests will be offered a full refund. Vendors and Guests are required to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures listed below:

  • Wear masks at all times and maintain 6’ distance from other vendors and attendees
  • Apply hand sanitizer upon entering Scranton Library
  • Stay home if they are sick or are exhibiting any symptom associated with COVID-19

Contact Info: We’re looking forward to a great event! For questions, email:

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Special Thanks to Bob Hubbard of Forefront Media Productions LLC for his GIFT to Scranton Library.

Bob donated his time and captured the newly renovated library building using Matterport 3D Tour imagery and technology. A gift to be enjoyed by all!

Scranton Library COVID-19 Updates

The Library will resume walk-in services beginning Monday, March 1st. Please click here to review our health and safety guidelines before you come to the Library. We can’t wait to see you!

Walk-in Hours:

  • Monday & Tuesday 10-12pm & 2-4pm
  • Wednesday & Thursday 10-12pm, 2-4pm & 5-7pm
  • Friday 10-12pm & 2-4pm
  • Saturday – computer appointments only at 10am

We look forward to expanding our hours and services in the coming months. Click here to sign up for Library news, so you never miss an announcement!

Contactless pick-up via our “Take Out Room” and virtual programming will continue at this time. Click here for our full events calendar.

In light of the rising infection rate and recent news that a more contagious COVID-19 variant has been found in New Haven County, the Library will be temporarily closed for walk-in services effective Monday, January 11th. This decision was made in consultation with our local Health Director for the health and safety of our library users and staff, and to ensure that we will not be a contributing factor in community transmission.

The Library will continue offering Take Out & Delivery services, virtual programming, free downloadable books and movies, and phone assistance during all Take Out hours. Additionally, we are now offering Chromebooks for check out. Free WiFi is available in all of our garden, patio, and parking lot areas. Wireless printing services are also available. Just follow the instructions on our website, then call us at (203) 245-7365 to arrange for contactless pick up.

For those of you who will miss browsing our collection, we hope you’ll go to our website to see the rotating display of available new books, including selections for young readers on our Children’s and Teen pages. We’re also happy to make book recommendations over the phone and curate book bundles specific to your reading preferences.

For time sensitive requests that cannot be met through our contactless services, limited appointments will be available at the discretion of Library staff.

We will continue monitoring this situation carefully and look forward to reopening again as soon as safely possible. Until then, take care and stay safe.

As of Monday, November 2nd no appointments will be necessary for browsing, check-out, computer, and study room use Monday – Friday. Computer appointments are available on Saturday mornings.

Our public access hours will also be expanded. Our new hours will be:

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 10-12pm and 2-4pm

Wednesday and Thursday 2-4pm and 5-7pm

Saturdays, computer appointments only

Our health and safety guidelines have not changed. Please read our full guidelines before you come to the Library.

More information about actions we’ve taken to protect our community, our timeline for reopening, and the status of other libraries in CT is available here.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available here.

Starting Wednesday, September 16th the library will be open by appointment. Click here for full details.

August 31st update regarding library operations: Click Here

Hold pick up services are now available! Details on our new “Take out & Delivery” services can be found here.

June 17th update regarding library reopening plans: Click Here

We at the Scranton Library want you to know that we take the health and well-being of our staff and patrons seriously. For that reason, the Scranton Library will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16thOur book drop is closed but be assured that no late fees will be charged while the library is closed. All of our programs have also been suspended.

While the library is closed we invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website. You can download e-books and audiobooks on Overdrive, stream movies on Kanopy, or browse magazines on 

We know a lot of people in our community have questions about the coronavirus, and as librarians, it’s our job to find you reliable answers. Here we have compiled some essential information to help you make informed decisions about your health.

What is COVID-19, or novel coronavirus?

The novel coronavirus is a flu-like respiratory illness. While there are many types of human coronaviruses, COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

Trusted information sources:

The Madison Health Department has a page with information about the outbreak that contains many helpful tips and links to further information.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set up a website — accessible in English and Spanish — with a range of information about the current risk to the public, symptoms to watch for, prevention, testing, and advice for schools, communities, and businesses.

What can you do now to stay healthy?

To help slow the spread of this virus, people are being asked to:

  • Wash your hands frequently. Wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home and away from others if you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces frequently.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.