Penn State Worthington Scranton Hosts Scranton Reads Events

Penn State Worthington Scranton is again participating in the annual Scranton Reads program, and will be hosting several events as part of the community-wide effort.

The campus effort is being spearheaded by Worthington Scranton faculty members Kelley Wagers, assistant professor of English, and Sue Harper, senior instructor in English. The two are are incorporating this year's book selection, "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, into several of their classes curriculum and are helping to organize several Scranton Reads events at the campus.

Scranton Reads is an annual community reading event organized by the City of Scranton and the Albright Memorial Library. Each year, during the month of October, area citizens get together to read a great work of literature and participate in book discussions and special events related to the chosen work.

The program has two main goals: encourage reading among people of all ages and bring the community together through sharing a common experience.

At Worthington Scranton, this year's book selection is being read by students, staff and faculty members and several events of interest to those who are reading the book have been scheduled on campus.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. here will be a panel discussion on the book in the David and Ann Hawk Lecture Room in the Business Building. Featured panelists are: Scranton Times columnist Chris Kelly and Mike Mullen, a photographer at The Scranton Times and Penn State alumnus, Warren Bareiss, a media critic and professor at Kings College and David Hess, a novelist and veteran who has served on multiple tours of duty, including Vietnam.

In addition, a "craft talk" with Mr. O'Brien will take place on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the K. Bruce Sherbine Lounge.

These events are free of charge and open to the public.