Monday, April 29, 2013

Junior Battle of the Books! Team: Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library!

What is
Junior Battle of the Books?

Junior Battle of the Books is a summer reading program and competition for students entering 4th through 6th grade. Teams of kids read the five selected books (pictured below) and then compete over their knowledge of the books in a trivia contest. 
2013 Junior Battle of the Books titles are:

Wonder by R.J. Palacio,

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord,

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The Puzzling World of Winston Breen by Eric Berlin

The Shadows: (The Book of Elsewhere, vol. 1) by Jacqueline West

Through the fun and excitement of weekly team meetings and the final competition, kids improve their reading skills, mature in their choice of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base of classic and contemporary literature. Even during the height of competition, kids will be encouraged to remember that our shared goals are to READ and HAVE FUN, not necessarily to win!

Beginning in June 2013, registered kids will form teams of three-five members. Each week, teams will meet together with Miss Katie at Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library for 60-90 minute "team meetings". Each team meeting will include a review books they have read, as well as fun games, activities, and unique social experiences related to the books.

Teams representing Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library will battle against teams from other libraries in a trivia competition at Center Court at The Mall at Steamtown on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:30pm. Families and friends are invited to attend. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.

If you are interested in sharing good times and good books with good friends this summer, email Miss Katie at or call the library at 207-0764 for more information!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Flow Circus Performance on Friday, April 26th at 1pm! Don't Miss it!


The Flow Circus is back!  Join us this Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm for a special encore presentation of Flow Circus: Fun Way to Learn About Spending, Sharing & Saving! A Juggling and Magic Show by Paul Miller.  Listen as he shares his story of how a trip to the circus inspired him to visit the library, which led him to learn juggling, magic, balloon sculpting, and the history of the circus!   Flow Circus will be fun for children of ALL AGES, and is funded by a grant from PNC Foundation as part of their Grow Up Great Campaign.  Advanced registration is required; please call the library at 207-0764. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

LCLS Connect - The Library Mobile App

LCLS Connect is the library in your purse or pocket. It's a free app for Android phones that's designed for readers, researchers, and really busy people.
Use it instead of a library card to check out at any LCLS library.
Explore the catalog.
Reserve books.
Renew checked-out items.
Download e-books or e-audiobooks.
Look up events happening at the library.
Locate the nearest library when you're on the road.
To get the app for your Android smartphone, go to Google Play and search for LCLS Connect.

Novelist Adriana Trigiani to Open Lecture Series

Best-selling author Adriana Trigiani will deliver the first lecture in the 2013
LCLS Matthew F. Flynn Library Lecture Series,
during National Library Week.
The lecture will take place on
Thursday, April 18, at 7 PM,
at the Scranton Cultural Center.
Tickets will be available beginning in mid-March at all Lackawanna County Libraries and at the Scranton Cultural Center.
Admission is free with a library card.