About the Children’s Library


To provide materials and programs that stir the curiosity, encourage the imagination and nurture the creativity of all children.


Current officers of the Board of Trustees of the Scranton Public Library are:
President: Mr. James Henkelman
Vice President: Ms. Linda Koons
Treasurer: Mr. Joseph X. Garvey

Mailing Address:
Board of Trustees
c/o Scranton Public Library, 500 Vine St,
Scranton PA 18509


Chief Executive Officer: Scott Thomas, 570-348-3013, sthomas@albright.org
Head of Children’s Services, Laureen O’Handley 570-348-3000 ext. 3027


The Children’s Library is located in what was for many years, the Christian Science Church. The church was acquired by the Lackawanna County Library System in 1985. Following extensive interior renovations, the church reopened in 1987 as the Lackawanna County Children’s Library.

Book Donations

We happily accept your gently used books.  Please call 570-348-3000 ext. 3022 to schedule a drop off.

We do not accept:

  1. Textbooks
  2. Encyclopedias
  3. Magazines
  4. Readers Digest Abridged Books
  5. Damaged or Moldy Materials

Employment Application

We are currently do not have any openings, but we do retain submitted applications for future listings.

Online Application for the Scranton Public Library
Printable Application for the Scranton Public Library

Patron Behavior Policy

Welcome to the Lackawanna County Children’s Library

We look forward to providing you with the best library service possible. In return, we ask only that you treat the Library, its contents, the staff, and other patrons with respect. Failure to do so may result in denial of service, suspension of privileges, or expulsion.

Please observe the following rules of behavior:

  • Physical, sexual, and verbal harassment of staff, and/or other library patrons is prohibited.
  • Excessive noise and disruptive behavior is prohibited.
  • Alcohol and/or other drugs may not be brought on the premises.
  • Smoking, including vaping, is not permitted anywhere in the building or on the Library grounds. Other forms of tobacco use are similarly prohibited.
  • Food is not permitted. Beverages in covered containers are permitted in designated areas only.
  • Use of obscene language is prohibited.
  • Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Petitioning, soliciting or selling merchandise is prohibited.
  • Garbage bags are not permitted in the Library. Knapsacks, duffel bags, suitcases, etc. left unattended are subject to removal and disposal.
  • Animals other than non-disruptive trained service animals are not permitted.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees,  June 2015

Printable Patron Behavior Policy

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