Your Complete Guide to Scranton Reads 2009

Featured — By on October 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

Every October, a wave of literary appreciation and indulgence makes its way to the Electric City. Inspiring the renewed love of reading is a book, chosen well in advance to appeal to the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania. 2009 is no different, as the latest edition of Scranton Reads is now underway.

This year’s book is the widely-acclaimed nonfiction work by Tim O’Brien, entitled The Things They Carried. The book looks back at the experiences of U.S. Veterans in Vietnam, and gives insight into their lives in the field with a look at personal mementos they carried to remind them of life back home.

Check out our listing of displays, speakers, movie screenings, and personal appearances featured during Scranton Reads 2009.

Special Events

Bus Trip to Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C.- Saturday, October 24. Take a trip to the nation’s capital and see the memorial commemorating all who have served in the Vietnam War. Bus leaves the Albright Memorial Library in Scranton at 6:30 a.m. and is expected in Washington at 11 AM. Cost is $40 including round-trip ticket, morning snack, driver tip, and a copy of The Things They Carried.

Tim O’Brien Visit- Tuesday, October 29, 7 PM. Come out to hear Tim O’Brien, author of The Things The Carried, in person at Marywood University. Tickets to the event are free and available at all Lackawanna County Libraries, as well as campus libraries at the University of Scranton, Marywood University, and Penn State Worthington.

Vietnam War Film Festival- During the month of October, a number of feature films dealing with the Vietnam War will be shown and discussed at various locations in the area. A list of films and their respective locations is below.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 8 p.m.- Soldier’s Sweetheart, Marywood University Science Building, Comeford Theater.
  • Thursday, October 22, 6 p.m.- Platoon, Community Room, Lackawanna County Children’s Library.
  • Thursday, November 5, 6 p.m.-Full Metal Jacket, Community Room, Lackawanna County Children’s Library.

A Night of Vietnamese Folktales- Library staff will be reading Vietnamese, Laotian, and Cambodian fairytales to offer a glimpse of the cultural contest of the Vietnam era. Taking place at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library on Thursday, October 22, at 6 p.m., please register for this event by calling 570-348-3000 ext. 3015.

Lisa Facciponti, Storyteller- Lisa Facciponti, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts storyteller and teaching artist will bring stories of Southeast Asia to life at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library.  Lisa is known for her use of audience participation, music, and song. To register for this event please call 348-3000 ext. 3015.

All You Need is Love Recital and Art Show- Come to the Scranton Cultural Center to hear the children’s and young adult choirs sing songs from the 60s and 70s.  Artwork produced by the children and young adults will also be on display. Taking place on Friday, November 6, from 6-8 p.m.


Book Discussions- Throughout the month of October, a number of book discussions will be held regarding Scranton Reads at locations around Scranton. Check out the book discussion page of the Scranton Reads website to find a location near you.

Panel Discussions- Come join a panel discussion on the lives and times of the Vietnam era. The first discussion, centering on Vietnam-era music,  will take place on Tuesday, October 13, at 7 p.m. in Room 405 of the DeNaples Center at the University of Scranton. Our second panel, focusing on media coverage of the Vietnam War will take place on Tuesday, October 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Business Building Room 201 on the Penn State Worthington Campus.


Photography by John Hudanish- Stop by the Albright Memorial Library lobby anytime until October 29 to view the photographs of John Hudanish. A local native and Vietnam veteran, Mr. Hudanish is showcasing the photographs he took while serving in Vietnam. The collection is available to view during regular business hours at the Albright Memorial Library: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Life in Scranton Display- Located in the lobby of the Lackawanna County Children’s Library, this interactive exhibit combines work from various projects into a single display. The exhibit is on display until October 29.

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  • Paul A Dana says:

    I felt at home in my visits to Scranton. To visit my friend and enjoy the natural surroundings.

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