Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Have you always wanted to learn more about your family’s history but didn’t know where to start? The U.S. census is one of the first sources you’ll need to explore. Taken every ten years since 1790, it allows you to trace your family over the decades and even centuries. This session will cover the history of the census and how the census can help you discover more about your family’s roots. Sign up through our calendar to receive your Zoom meeting link and begin your journey with your family genealogy!
The Scranton Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce additional dates and times for our popular self-guided walking tours of the renovated and expanded library building. Come and see what everyone is talking about!
Tours will be available on August 11, 15, 18, and 22. Tour times are Tuesdays from 5-7 pm and Saturdays from 1-3 pm.
Tours will begin at the new main library entrance at the rear of the building, off the parking lot. The parking lot has a capacity of forty-five cars and will be open and available. All visitors will be required to wear face coverings, wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the building, and maintain social distancing during their tour. Disposable gloves and face masks will be available for those who need them. Visitors will follow a clearly marked path through the library, walking one-by-one, or in family groups. Library docents will be spaced along the walking path. For the safety of all, bathrooms and drinking fountains will not be available. Accommodations will be made for visitors in wheelchairs or those with physical challenges.
The Scranton Library Board of Trustees still has approximately $170,000 left to raise to meet our total fundraising goal of $6 million. Financial contributions will be welcome, but not required, at the end of the tours.
To schedule a tour, please go to rebrand.ly/scrantontour. For questions, please call the library at 203-245-7365 and ask for Library Director Sunnie Scarpa.
Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Looking for meaningful social and cultural engagement while staying home? Join us to discuss W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk, a seminal work in the American canon and a cornerstone of African American literature. Please register on our website to receive your Zoom login and links to free digital copies of the book.
All Scranton library items will be free of overdue fines beginning in July 2020. Past fines on Scranton library items will be waived. However, replacement costs for lost items must still be paid.
The Scranton Library believes that no one should feel discouraged from using library resources because of overdue fines. We want all community members to have easy access to lifelong learning and everything the library has to offer!
TAKE OUT: Starting Monday, July 13th the Scranton Library will offer “take out” services for all library materials. Holds may be placed online or by calling (203) 245-7365. Library users will be notified by phone or e-mail when materials are ready to be collected via contact-less pick up at the library’s main/parking lot entrance.
Our parking lot can be accessed from either the Boston Post Rd (entrance only) or Wall Street. Please wear a mask and keep a safe distance from other library patrons. Each bag of library materials will be marked with a last name, first initial, and the date. Please do not touch any bag other than the one you are retrieving.
DELIVERY: Madison seniors will be able to have library materials delivered to their home by contacting the Madison Senior Center at (203) 245-5627 and requesting a volunteer pickup.
HOURS: Monday & Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 1 pm – 8 pm, Friday 10 am – 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am – 1 pm.
RETURNS: All library materials may now be returned to our drive-through book return located at the back of the building. NO RETURNS may be made to the pick-up tables. Returning items to the book return enables us to properly quarantine materials to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In addition to these new library services, the library will continue to offer virtual programming, provide information services via e-mail and phone, and families can participate in Summer Reading activities online and at home.
We encourage everyone to sign up and receive Library news via e-mail for the most up to date information regarding Scranton Library Takeout & Delivery services and to receive notice of our next phase of re-opening.
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 16th. Our 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 and find audiobooks on RB Digital.
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.
Meets every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Are you interested in writing but don’t know where to begin? Join our virtual writers’ group to get yourself started! Each online session, we’ll write a response to a certain prompt (e.g., themed short stories, essays on selected topics, etc.) and then share what we wrote and give each other feedback. You may also present your independent writing projects to the group for suggestions and critiques. This will be a place for fun, creativity, camaraderie, and mentoring. Registration is required; please go to our Event Calendar for more info and to sign up.
The Scranton Library now has automatic renewals! You no longer have to call or renew online, just check your email to make sure your item is eligible. Items will renew automatically. Most Scranton Library items may be renewed twice, unless on hold for another patron.
The Children’s Department is gearing up for another fun summer and an exciting Summer Reading Program! Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer can experience “summer slide” and lose up to two months’ worth of critical reading skills. The good news is that reading for fun every day can prevent summer slide.
Not only does reading over the summer ensure that children go back to school ready to learn new things, but it’s a great way to beat boredom and win fun prizes too!
Sign up at scrantonlibrary.readsquared.com starting June 29th and read 30 minutes a day to earn great prizes. Plus, complete optional missions to be entered in a special prize drawing!