Scranton Reads Kicks Off!



It’s October! Halloween is coming, Fall is in full swing and we’re celebrating Scranton Reads!

Each year,  the Scranton Reads Committee selects a book or author to share with the community.  We hope that you pick up a copy at your local library or one of events during the month of October.  The goal is to get everyone in Scranton to read the same book.  This year we are reading the short stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe!

There are lots of fun and educational programs this year. Check out the full calendar of events:

Kick Off Event

Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm – in the Periodicals Room at the Albright Memorial Library RSVP

Join us for a wake celebrating Edgar Allan Poe including a funeral exhibit by the Dearly Departed Players, a reading of The Raven, Dominick Azzarelli as Poe and light refreshment.

“Adventures with Poe” a Discussion with Richard Kopley 

Tuesday, October 14th at Noon – in the K. Bruce Sherbine Lounge at Penn State Worthington Scranton RSVP

A discussion with Poe expert Richard Kopley about his life with Poe and a tale of literary detection. With emphasis on The Murders in the Rue MorgueThe Mystery of Marie RogetThe Purloined Letter and The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym.

Horror, Revenge, and Death: Reflections on Poe

Wednesday, October 15th at 7pm – in the Comerford Theater at Marywood University

Come hear about Poe from the perspectives of Religion, Psychology, and Philosophy in such stories as The Tell Tale Heart, and
The Pit and the PendulumRSVP

Movie Night: The Pit and the Pendulum

Friday, October 17th at 7pm – in Room 305 in the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton RSVP

Join us for a screening of The Pit and the Pendulum followed by a discussion led by Kevin Norris of the University of Scranton.

Poe and the Modern Crime Scene

Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm – the 5th floor of Seeley Hall at Lackawanna CollegeRSVP

A presentation by Sgt. Michael Flanagan discussing modern day crime scene techniques and how they compare to how
detectives worked in Poe’s short stories.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe

Wednesday, October 29th at 7pm – in Collegiate Hall in Reddington Hall at the University of Scranton

Albright Memorial Library’s Teen Action Board presents an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, including poetry and a stage
adaptation of Poe’s iconic Tell Tale Heart. RSVP

Funeral and Mourning Exhibit

throughout September and October – Lackawanna County Historical Society

The Lackawanna County Historical Society will have a funeral and mourning exhibit on display throughout the months of September and October.

Poe Instagram Contest

entire month of October

Take pictures at our events or of you or others reading Poe throughout the month of October and share on Instagram using the hashtag #PoeScranton. A winner will be chosen at the end of the month to receive a Poe prize package!

Children & Families:

Tales to Chill Your Bones Film Festival

Sundays at 2:30pm at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library

October 5, Goosebumps: A Night in Terror Tower RSVP
October 12, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events RSVP
October 19, Coraline RSVP
October 26, Goonies RSVP

An American Girl Party: Meet Caroline

Saturday, October 11th at 2:30pm – at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library

In celebration of Scranton Reads, join us at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library as we travel back to Caroline’s time with
fun festivities! Check out 5 items to receive a free gift! Enter our raffle beginning October 1st for your chance to win Caroline,
an American Girl doll! Winner will be pulled November 3rd. RSVP

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!

Thursday, October 23rd at 6pm – at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library RSVP

Bring a flash light and be prepared to read “scary” stories and poems by authors Edgar Allan Poe, Alvin Schwartz, Jack Prelutsky and David San Souci. For students grades 4, 5 & 6.


Book Discussions:

October 9th at 6 pm with Everhart Reads at  Library Express, 2nd Floor of the Mall at Steamtown. Please call 570.558.1670 to register.

October 14th at 10am at Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library (Green Ridge Branch) Green Ridge & Wyoming Ave. Please call 570.207.0764 to register.

October 14th at 7pm at Abington Community Library, 1200 West Grove Street Clarks Summit. Please call 570.587.3440 to register. RSVP

October 16th at 6pm at the North Pocono Public Library, 1315 Church Street, Moscow. Please call 570.842.4700 to register.

October 25th at 10:30am at Dalton Community Library, 113 East Main Street Dalton. Please call 570. 563.2014 to register.

October 29th at 7pm at Valley Community Library 739 River Street, Peckville. Please call 570.489.1765 to register.

October 30th at 1 pm at the Carbondale Public Library, 5 North Main Street Carbondale. Please call 570.282.4281 to register.

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