Library News: Abington Community Library celebrates September as Library Card Sign-up Month

Library News - Laura Gardoski | September 20th, 2016 11:32 am

Today’s libraries are about more than books.

Libraries are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Abington Community Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Throughout the month of September only and while supplies last, every person, from child to adult, will receive a free gift when registering for a library card at the Abington Community Library.

Discover a multitude of resources only available to those with library cards. For example, use your card to borrow e-books, research your genealogy at, access the Mango Languages database, log onto a computer, meet with tutors online, and of course have access to material available for checkout from the Lackawanna County Library System.

On Friday Sept. 30, celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month with Amnesty Day, a one-day only event at the Abington Community Library that will enable library users to return overdue materials without being fined. This extends only to currently late items returned in person between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 30. This excludes collection agency fees and lost/damaged materials. Fines up to $25 will be waived only for materials returned on this day.

Contact the library for more information.

For kids only until Sept. 30, participate in a special election and vote for your favorite candidate to win a party in their honor. The library is throwing a party on Oct. 14 with a mystery theme. You will not know until you come who has won the election. Will it be Pete the Cat, Olivia the Pig, or the Lorax? Cast your vote today in the children’s library and receive your “I Voted Today” sticker. Also check out a variety of books about elections, presidents, and voting.

Join us from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 for the Friends of the Abington Community Library Fall Book Sale at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. Thousands of adult and children’s books, talking books, and DVDs will be available for purchase. The Preview Sale for Friends members only will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 after set-up. Not a current member? Join or renew your membership on Friday, at $10 for individuals and $15 for families.

The Abington Community Library presents Tasting by the Book, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Library. Attend this signature event to taste delicious food prepared by local community cooks and bid on your favorite items to enjoy at a later date. You can also purchase a cook book to take home. Personal checks, cash, and major credit cards all acceptable for the bidding and purchases. Tickets (advance sales only) are $25 per person.

Come out and enjoy some of the best food our community has to offer as well as local wine, all while supporting expanded outdoor programming at the library. Proceeds will fund programming for all ages. Adults only. Wine, coffee, tea, water, and soda served.

Library News

Laura Gardoski

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