CARBONDALE – If you want to experience something fun and different, interesting and informative, then look no further than the Carbondale Library at 5 N. Main Street. While it is always brimming with the latest books, music, reference sources, and more, this Gold Star winning library offers a lot of fun-filled events and activities throughout the upcoming Fall season.

“With grateful thanks to the Commission on Economic Opportunity and the Weinberg Food Bank, we’re now wrapping up our summer lunch program and are heading into Fall,” said Stephanie Spaid, Head of Information Services.

“Just before school starts, the library calendar is filling up with many events and activities that have wide-ranging appeal. There are events and activities that are some of our regular favorites, and others that are new and different. But there’s definitely something suited for everyone, children and adults of all ages.”

ONGOING (mid-May through November; 6:00pm, last Thursday of each month)

4H Club / Carbondale Community Club. Coordinated through the library, Chris Franceski will work with students and their individual project or activity -- from cooking to theatre arts and everything in between. Assistance and project guidance are provided at the library, and the students can continue their activity at home.

THURSDAY AUGUST 30th (2:00pm-2:45pm; no charge)

Batty for Bats with Angela Lambert of the Lackawanna State Park. This entails learning about bats, how they work for the environment and their benefit to the ecosystem, learning how to understand how bats work in Nature, and not be afraid of them. All ages are welcomed, and pre-registration is required.

THURSDAY AUGUST 30th (6:00pm – 7:30pm; no charge)

Essential Oils with Cori Wright. Geared to adults over 21, this popular event will return, featuring a wide variety of oil-based products and their uses. Included will be an oil-infused Sangria-like beverage along with non-alcoholic wines. Spokesperson Wright will discuss her home-based business, while introducing attendees to the many benefits and uses of essential oils.

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 (10:00am-8:00pm)

Voter Registration. In preparation for the upcoming elections on November 6th, the library will assist voters with the registration process throughout the day.

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 17-NOVEMBER 19 (5:30pm-6:30pm; no class Columbus or Veteran’s Day); $75/pp)

American Sign Language. Presented by the Scranton School for the Deaf, Hannah Thebage will introduce participants to the early principles of signing the alphabet, along with basic words and phrases. All ages are welcome, with a 10-person maximum, and participants are asked to pre-register at www.scrantonschool.org.

THURSDAY AUGUST 23rd – NOVEMBER 1st (6:00pm-7:00pm; bi-weekly; no charge)

CREATIVE WRITING for YOUNG ADULTS, AGED 12-18. Presented by Marywood University student Samantha Temple, the class will help interested writers with the basics of poetry, short prose, graphic novels, short stories, and more. No writer will be judged, as this is a way for young writers to learn to better express themselves, while gaining help on becoming a better writer. (Spaid requests all adults who are interested in developing a similar class should contact her at 570-282-4281 or sspaid@albright.org.)

MONDAY OCTOBER 1ST, WORLD BULLYING DAY (wear blue)(6:30pm-7:30pm; open to all; no charge)

Imagine the Possibilities. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and retired NYC/NJ school principal and guidance counselor will present his special program, which is open to the community. Also the director of ‘Bullying Stops Today!,’ Walters’ Informative and thought-provoking program is dedicated to the eradication of bullying -- in schools, the workplace, online, everywhere. This nationally renowned authority on the subject invites youth of all ages, students, parents, adults and others to listen and be better informed during this audience-participatory interchange. For additional details and insight, visit www.bullyingstopstoday.com.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24th (1:00pm, BenMar Restaurant, $20)

Meet the Author. Members of the library’s ‘Between the Covers’ Book Club will enjoy a special lunch and learn afternoon with local author Gilda Runco, as she discusses her debut novel “Legacy of the PURPOSE Stone.” On the last Thursday of each month, the Book Club meets 1:00-2:00 to discuss the current month’s book selection; additional members are always welcomed. Advance buffet lunch tickets may be purchased at the library; event proceeds will benefit the library.

LOOKING AHEAD

The library is seeking Scrabble and board game enthusiasts to help coordinate a new club on Friday mornings, 10:30-Noon. While nothing is currently scheduled, Spaid requests interested gamers to sign-up at the library desk. If someone has any other suggested event or activity that they would like to share with others, please contact Spaid directly to discuss the details.

“There’s really a lot going on at the library this Fall,” said Spaid, “and there’s something of interest to all ages. Check your own calendar and come on out to join us. You’ll be glad you did!”

To pre-register for an event, please check at the front desk, or call 570-282-4281. Spaid can be reached at 570-282-4281 or sspaid@albright.org.