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The Abington Community Library and the Taylor Community Library are sponsoring an American Girl and Lego bingo fundraiser Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Clarks Summit Fire Co. No. 1.

Looking for something to do in the coming weeks? Good, because Taylor Community Library almost certainly has something to pique your various interests.

The library is teeming with special and ongoing events as it heads into the fall months. Here’s just a sampling:

Identity Theft Presentation: Given how much personal and financial information we now share online, identity theft is a very legitimate concern. With that in mind, the library and Fidelity Bank will partner up for an identity theft prevention session on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 2 p.m.

“We do a lot of community partnerships, which I think is very important because in many ways libraries are the hub of their communities,” said library director Jeanie Sluck. “It’s nice to partner with different organizations and businesses who have real expertise in certain subjects.”

American Girl/LEGO Bingo: The library is teaming up with Abington Community Library for this special fundraiser, which will take place Sunday, Sept. 23, at Clarks Summit Fire Co. No. 1. Doors open at noon, with the bingo taking place from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for the event, which in addition to the bingo will include raffle baskets, 50/50, various foods and a bake sale.

The Taylor library staff will be in charge of the American Girl bingo, while the Abington staff will helm the LEGO bingo.

“This is really unique because it’s the first time anyone in library system has done a joint fundraiser like this,” Sluck said. “We’re combining our talents. It’s going to be interesting. And if this works out, it might lead to other partnerships between the libraries.”

Advance tickets can be purchased at both libraries.

Canvas Painting Class: Interested in testing your artistic skills? Come to the library on Thursday, Sept. 27, for a canvas painting class beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $25 and includes all painting supplies.

“All you have to do is sign up and come,” Sluck said. “These are pretty popular now, so this should be a lot of fun.”

Great American Read sessions: Every Wednesday through Oct. 3, the library is hosting discussion sessions centered around books included on PBS’ “The Great American Read” list. The discussions start at 6:30 p.m.

“We’ll pick some children’s books to discuss, and some classics. We’ll give a synopsis of the book and ask people if they’ve read it or if they know what it’s about,” said Sluck, noting Albright Memorial Library will host a Great American Read Trivia Contest on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. Teams are still being sought for the event.

Ongoing library events

Meanwhile, the library has a number of ongoing events worth touting. They include:

Grandparent Caregivers Group: Taylor is among three county libraries partnering with the Lackawanna County Area Agency on Aging to hold monthly informational and support sessions for people serving as the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. The issue has become particularly relevant of late on account of the region’s increasingly high drug addiction rate.

The library will hold meetings on the last Tuesday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. The sessions are free and open to any interested parties.

“So many grandparents now are raising their grandchildren, and a lot of these people are being thrown for a loop and don’t know what to do,” Sluck said. “We want to let them know they’re not alone and that there’s help out there.”

Other ongoing library events include: Monday Movie Matinee, second Monday of every month; Mindful Mondays for dementia sufferers and caregivers, third Monday of the month, noon; Read to the Dogs program for children ages 4 and older, third Monday of the month, 6:30 p.m.; Celiac Support Group, second Wednesday of the month, 6:30 p.m.; and Polish Languages Classes, every Thursday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

For more information on any of these events, call the library at 570-562-1234, or visit lclshome.org/b/taylor-community-library.