2013 County Book Celebrates Italian Heritage – Countywide Reading Program Celebrates Sixth Year

Lackawanna County residents will feel right at home with the book chosen for the 2013 edition of “On the Same Page in Lackawanna County,” sponsored by the Lackawanna County Library System to encourage local residents to read and talk about the same book. 

“The Queen of the Big Time” by Adriana Trigiani, is set in Roseto, Pennsylvania, a Northampton County borough located about halfway between Stroudsburg and Easton and less than an hour from Scranton by car. 

Like many small towns in Lackawanna County, Roseto was settled by Italian immigrants. The book evokes that heritage, as all the main characters are Italian, and the culture, the food, and the traditions will be familiar to readers. 

“Part of the fun of reading the book will be spotting local and cultural references,” said Mary Garm library system administrator. 

In addition to reading the book, participants can participate in discussions about it held throughout March and April at local libraries. They will also have a chance to hear the author in a public lecture at the Scranton Cultural Center in April. 

Trigiani is a native of Stone Gap, Virginia, and a graduate of St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame University. She is the author of 14 books, including 12 novels. Most reflect her Italian background. 

She is scheduled to speak on Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at theCulturalCenter. There will be a reception for “On the Same Page” participants prior to the event. 

“On the Same Page in Lackawanna County” is among hundreds of community reading programs organized by libraries around the country, according to Mrs. Garm.   

“The idea is to get lots of people reading the same book and talking about it,” said Mrs. Garm. “People who read “The Queen of the Big Time” can talk about the book among friends or they can join the conversation at any of the county’s libraries.” 

Book discussions will be led by Jean Marie Lynn, a librarian at the Taylor Community Library, and run through the end of April. Check the library system’s website ( for dates, times and locations. 

Mrs. Garm noted that this is the sixth year for “On the Same Page in Lackawanna County.” Previous years featured books by Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline Julie Powell, Tess Gerritsen and Laura Lippman. 

Funding for the program is provided by the Lackawanna County Office of Arts and Culture. 

“On the Same Page in Lackawanna County” runs through March and April. Anyone interested can sign up at the Abington Community Library, Albright Memorial Library, Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library, Carbondale Public Library, Dalton Community Library, North Pocono Public Library, Taylor Community Library, Valley Community Library, the Lackawanna County Library System bookmobile or Library Express.

Lackawanna County Commissioners Promote “On The Same Page” Reading Program

The “Queen of the Big Time” by Adriana Trigiani is the work selected for the sixth annual Lackawanna County Library System’s reading program. This initiative, which runs through the end of April, encourages local residents to read and talk about the selected work. Ms. Trigiani traces the settlement of Roseto, PA, by Italian immigrants and outlines the culture, food and traditions that evolved.

Promoting the book and reading program are, l-r, Lackawanna County Commissioner Jim Wansacz; Mary Garm, Lackawanna County Library System Administrator; Mary Barna, Director of the Valley Community Library; and Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey D. O’Brien.


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