Circulation Department

This blog is dedicated to the circulation department activities of the Osterhout Free Library

Monday, March 24, 2008

Spring is Upon Us!

Happy Spring Everyone!

The library is currently having a makeover, so please excuse the noise and appearance!

New Releases include the following:

August Rush
The Darjeeling Limited
No Country for Old Men

These are just a few of the choices!

Double Cross by James Patterson
7th Heaven by James Patterson
Stranger in Death by JD Robb
The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller

Come on over to check some of these great new releases!

Have a wonderful day!

The Circulation Dept.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

Enjoy this great holiday book!

~ Happy Valentine's Day~

from all of us at the Circulation desk~

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

NEW AUDIOBOOKS (and a few CDs)

Looking to listen to some books? Look no further. Check out the shelf of new audiobooks for these and other recent additions:
  • Tom Brokaw: Boom! Voices of the Sixties
  • Joel Osteen: Become a Better You
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford: The Heir
  • Rita Mae Brown: The Tell-Tale Horse
  • Michael Chabon: Gentlemen of the Road
  • Agatha Christie: The Secret of Chimneys
  • Tami Hoag: Taken By Storm
  • Jan Karon: Home to Holly Springs
  • Tom Perrotta: The Abstinence Teacher
  • Alice Sebold: The Almost Moon
  • Danielle Steel: Amazing Grace

Audio CDs:
Bob Dylan: Live 1975
Kris Kristofferson: This Old Road
Yusef: An Other Cup
Paco Ibanez: en el Olympia (Recorded live at the Olympia theatre in Paris, 1969.)

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Recently-Added DVDs

DVDs Recently Added to the Collection:

The following list features nine OVERNIGHT DVDs, which are due back the following business day.

  • Bourne Ultimatum

  • Captivity

  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • High School Musical 2: Extended Edition

  • Jungle Book (Disney classic)
  • Lifeboat (1944--classic Alfred Hitchcock)

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
  • Rescue Dawn
  • Ratatouille

Also new to the collection, on one-week loan:

Ben 10: Complete Season 1
“Ben Tennyson was just an average 10-year-old kid until he discovered a strange alien watch in a crashed meteorite. Called the Omnitrix, this watch gives Ben the ability to transform into any of 10 alien heroes, all the while keeping his 10-year-old personality.”
13 episodes on 2 discs.

Clueless (“Whatever” Edition)
Not just another teen movie, this 1995 release was a smart and sophisticated take on the genre. Lots of special features.

Larry Sanders Show: Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show
This 4-disc set collects 23 of the best episodes of the 1992-1998 HBO series, consistently voted among the best television shows ever.

Pride and Prejudice
This A&E / BBC production follows Jane Austen’s beloved romantic comedy in a 6-hour, widescreen presentation starring Colin Firth, Jennifer Ehle, Julia Sawalha, and others.

  • A River Runs Through It

  • Battle of Britain

  • Big Momma’s House 2

  • The Day After

  • The Haunted Mansion

  • Magnificent Seven Ride

  • Three to Tango
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro

  • Sting: Brand New Day Tour / Live from the Universal Amphitheatre
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (2-disc special edition)

  • U2: Elevation 2001: Live from Boston

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

New DVDs

Here are some "old favorites" just added to the DVD collection:

Forbidden Planet (1956) Leslie Nielsen, Anne Francis
Meet Joe Black (1999) Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt
We Were Soldiers (2002) Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe
New York, New York (1977)Liza Minnelli, Robert DeNiro
Unbreakable (2000) Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

And the original Star Wars trilogy (1977-1983):
Star Wars IV: A New Hope
Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi
+Star Wars Bonus Material: 236 minutes of documentaries, behind-the-scenes, classic trailers, and more.

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Here is a list of new music CDs added to the collection...

If you need some music for the soundtrack of your life, come in and check out our collection of pop, rock, soundtracks, country, jazz, classical, opera, polka, and much more!

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Celebration
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Song
Celtic Woman A Christmas Celebration

Instrumental & Polka

Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra Polkapalooza
Frank Yankovic Greatest Polka Hits
Frankie Yankovic Plays In Person The All-Time Great Polkas
Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra Saturday Night
Andre Rieu Radio City Music Hall Live in New York

Tim McGraw Let It Go

Rock / Popular
Bruce Springsteen Magic
Alicia Keys As I Am
Goo Goo Dolls Greatest Hits Volume One The Singles
Jonas Brothers
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand
Jordin Sparks self-titled
Feist The Reminder
Jennifer Lopez Brave

Andrea Bocelli The Best of Andrea Bocelli

Celine Dion Taking Chances
Celtic Woman self-titled
Tony Bennett Sings The Ultimate American Songbook Vol. 1

Soundtrack / Original Cast
Alvin and the Chipmunks Original Soundtrack
Bee Movie

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Monday, November 26, 2007

JOB OPENINGS: Two Positions

There are two positions available in the Circulation Dept.
  • Full-time (37 hrs./week), with benefits.
  • Part-time (30 hrs./week).
Both positions are scheduled to include 2 evenings each week and every other Saturday.

Computer experience necessary, as well as the ability to work with the public. Job duties will include checking materials in & out, shelving books, and issuing library cards.

If you are interested in applying for these positions, you can contact Elaine Schall, Head of Reader's Services, at 823-0156 x210, or you may obtain an application at the library.

IRINA KRAWITZ Artwork on Display

On your next visit to the library, please pay a visit to the display cases in the reading room. Two cases feature the artworks of Wilkes-Barre artist Irina Krawitz. The artworks are paper or fabric on canvas, many dealing with floral subjects.
"Art is a privilege of a human being. By expressing through art we develop ourself greater and get closer to God."

You can visit Krawitz on the web at

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

NORTH BRANCH Closed...Please visit us downtown!

Until a new location has been secured, the North Branch of the Osterhout Free Library on George Ave. will be closed.

We welcome all library users to continue using the resources and services of the Osterhout Free Library at our central location on S. Franklin St. (or at the Plains or South branches!). You can return any items checked out from the North branch at these locations, or any other member library of the Luzerne County Library System.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Your Purchases Help the Library

Your purchases at

Barnes & Noble

from Sunday, October 28, to Saturday, November 3,

will directly benefit the Osterhout Free Library.

A percentage of each sale is credited to the library at no additional cost to you. All you must do is present a Bookfair Voucher as you check out. Simple! Vouchers are available at the Library.

So if you can make your purchases of
books, music, or movies
during that week, you can help support the library. (Gift cards, membership cards and cafe purchases do not apply.)

This offer valid only at the Arena Hub Plaza location during the week of Oct. 28 to Nov. 3.

Thank you for your support! And thanks to Barnes & Noble!

Spaghetti Dinner Nov. 11

to benefit the Osterhout Library
and the Wyoming Valley Children's Association
Sponsored by the
Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club
Mark your calendar & save your appetite for
November 11
1 to 6 pm
Genetti's Hotel in Wilkes-Barre
Adults: $6
Children (under 12): $3
Takeout is available!
Tickets may be purchased at the Library,
WVCA, from Rotary members, or at the door.
See you there!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

AMNESTY Week...Calling All Library Materials

The book Jr. checked out for a 1st grade project...and he just started 4th grade.
The DVD in the trunk of your car that you never got around to dropping off.
The novel you finished in 1996 but didn't return.
Even the CD due back last week, but now it's 2 days overdue.
If you return ANY overdue item from any library in the Luzerne County Library System (shown on your card) to the Osterhout Free Library during the week of October 1, you will not be charged any fines or fees.

So bring back those overdue items so other library users can check them out, and also avoid fines and fees blocking your account! No questions asked! (Offer ends October 6.)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Playaways are here today

Audiobooks. Books on tape. Recorded books. Downloadable audiobooks. Library patrons have been enjoying these for years. Some listen to them while relaxing, or working around the house, or while commuting in the car.

Recently the Osterhout library has begun offering a brand new technology called Playaways. With these, all you need is a set of headphones (almost any set should fit the standard jack). There's no downloading or switching discs required. You may be wondering how you will listen to an audiobook with no tape, CD or mp3 player. The answer is simple: the "book" and the "player" are one and the same! And it only weighs about 2 ounces. And it's actually smaller than a pack of cards.

Each Playaway comes in a plastic container about the size of a VHS tape, with a foam insert to protect the unit. The simple operating instructions are on the inside cover. There's also a spare battery included (each battery should last about 7 hours.)

On your next library visit, you can browse our initial collection of 20 Playaways, "the first pre-loaded digital audiobook," near the New Book display. Current titles include such favorites as Dan Brown's Angels & Demons, Lisa Scottoline's Dirty Blonde and Janet Evanovich's Motor Mouth. (Earbud headphones are also available for sale at the Circulation desk for $2, so you will have your own pair to keep.)

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Now that "Junior" has doubled his number from 8 to 88, why not read more about the racer?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. : inside the rise of a NASCAR superstar (796.720 LEM)and Driver #8 (B Earnhardt, D).
And if you know any "junior" readers who are interested in this speedy driver, they might want to read a book about him too (JB Earnhardt Jr. D).
If racing's not your sport of choice, we have books about many other sports and athletes.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Planet Earth and Helen Mirren as 2 Elizabeths


Some have called this the greatest nature series ever made. The 11-part BBC series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, will take you on a guided tour of the planet we call home, from the comfort of your easy chair, showing you amazing sights along the way: From Pole to Pole, Mountains, Fresh Water, Caves, Deserts, Ice Worlds, Great Plains, Jungles, Shallow Seas, Seasonal Forests, Ocean Deep.

5 DVDs, 550 minutes, hi-definition. (Also includes 10-minute bonus featurette with each episode + 150-minute companion series Planet Earth: The Future.)


Perhaps a historical miniseries is more your cup of tea? Check out this 2006 HBO production about the love life of Good Queen Bess starring Helen Mirren as the Queen and Jeremy Irons as the Earl of Leicester. Running time: 211 minutes.


Moving from the time of Shakespeare to the end of the 20th century, Helen Mirren becomes another Queen Elizabeth (II). This 2006 motion picture portrays the current monarch's behaviour in the aftermath of Princess Diana's death. No matter the era, both films explore the human side of royalty: Heavy is the head that wears the crown (Shakespeare, Henry V).

Check out these titles, or any of our other DVD selections!

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It's Raffle Time -- 100 Prizes!

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From now through October 21 (the day of the Author Fest, see below) you may purchase a
raffle ticket
to support the library. Tickets may be purchased at any service desk in the library...the Circulation Desk up front, in the Children's Department, or at Information Services.
(You can also buy tickets at any branch...North, South or Plains!)
You may purchase one chance for $2.00, or 3 chances for $5.00.
This money goes directly to the Osterhout Library.
There are 100 fantastic prizes from area businesses.
Drawing for the raffle will be held on October 21, 2007.
Don't miss this opportunity to win one of a hundred great prizes while showing your support for your community's public library!
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AuthorFest Fast Approaching

You won't want to miss this year's Author Fest, to be held on Sunday, October 21, 2007 at 1:30 pm at Genetti Best Western in Wilkes-Barre. This ticketed event is presented through the cooperation of the Tudor Bookshop and the Luzerne County Library System. The tickets can be purchased for $16 each at the Osterhout Free Library and its branches. (As an extra bonus, at the event, you will receive a $5 coupon off any book purchased that day!)

This year's roster of authors includes
  • Elizabeth Joy Arnold
  • Jill Bialosky
  • June Cross
  • Laura Dave
  • Stephen Hunter
  • William Lashner
  • Jane O'Connor
  • Duane Swierczynski
  • Dave White
  • Lauren Willig
Please join us for an afternoon of autographs, shared thoughts and sweet treats in the company of these 10 writers! Nibble exquisite desserts, sip rich coffee or fragrant tea, and share your thoughts with these writers.
(When you're at the library purchasing your ticket, don't forget to check out our display of materials by these authors or pick up some Fall reading by other great authors!)

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Summer Book Club Ends

Congratulations to Marcia Aston of Wilkes-Barre, winner of the August drawing. August will be the last month for the summer reading contest. Thank you to all who participated. We hope to hear from you again soon.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

A Night of Hypnosis for Weight Loss

Come join us on Thursday night, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the Osterhout Free Library for a night of hypnosis for weight loss. Chris Halbohm, a certified hypnotist, will talk about the mysteries of the mind and how to make them work for you. He will also perform demonstrations. If you would like to attend please call 570-823-0156, extension 214 to reserve your place.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Roald Dahl Turns 90

Roald Dahl, an adult and young reader favorite, turns ninety years old on September 13th. Pick up an old classic you haven't read in a while or find one you haven't read yet. A perfect pick to have a mini-book club with your child. Both of you can enjoy the same book, and talk about it afterwords.

R.D.T.(Roald Dahl Trivia)- What is the boy hero in the book The Witches called?-
He is not named.
R.D.F.(Roald Dahl Fact)- His height of 6ft6 almost prevented him from joining the military when war broke out.