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For family fun, it's "The Cat's Pajamas," coming to the Scranton Cultural Center on Thursday morning, Aug. 23. Sponsored by the Cultural Center and the Lackawanna County Library System, the event will be free with the presentation of a library card or a summer "passport," issued to children who registered to take part in the 2012 Summer Reading Club at county libraries, including the Abington Community Library. "The Cat's Pajamas" is an ensemble which has been awarded the Parents' Choice Award for entertaining and energetic children's recordings. Now here in person, the group will have children (and adults) enjoying their rock 'n' roll tunes and dancing along in the ballroom at the Cultural Center. The show begins at 11 a.m., preceded by a craft time at 10:30 a.m.

Pick a paperback novel for relaxing August reading. Here are a few suggestions from the New Books collection for adults:

"The Thread," by Victoria Hislop. In Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2007, a young Anglo-Greek hears the remarkable story of his grandparents, Katerina and Dimitri, for the first time. It is a story that spans eighty years, through Nazi occupation, civil war, persecution, and the economic collapse of Thessaloniki, their beloved city.

"Bloody Winter," by Andrew Pepper. What are the links between a kidnapping and rebellion in Wales and a murder in County Tipperary, where a young Irish policeman has been told to deal swiftly and quietly with the case?

"Whiplash River," by Lou Berney. When Charles "Shake" Bouchon thwarts an attempted hit on an elderly customer patronizing his new Belize restaurant, things go from bad to worse: his restaurant goes up in flames, and he's on the run from a drug lord, two free-lance assassins, and a beautiful FBI agent.

"Conquered by a Highlander," by Paula Quinn. Sent to infiltrate a traitor's home, Colin MacGregor is determined to expose a treasonous plot on the battlefield, a final mission for his king. When Lady Gillian Dearly meets this mysterious Highlander, his raw strength gives her hope for a future beyond her home's castle walls.

"Pyg: the Memoirs of Toby, the Learned Pig," edited by Russell Potter. Toby attains his celebrity in late-18th century England after escaping the butcher's knife with the help of young Sam, his first friend. Toby tours the country with a circus, astounding audiences with his abilities to count, spell and read minds, but eager to step out of the spotlight, he begins studies at Oxford before finally settling down to tell his exceptional story.

The Abington Community Library is located at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Visit our website, www.lclshome.org/abington to register online for events or call the library at (570) 587-3440. Don't have a library card? Register for one at http://www.lclshome.org/libraryinfo/library_card_reg.asp.

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