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Osterhout Free Library – Summer’s End Seafest

The Osterhout is Back!


After a long halt to normal operations, the Osterhout Free Library has reopened with the community’s health and safety first on its mind.

As we sail into the phase of reopening our community, the Osterhout Free Library is now welcoming back its patrons. We have weathered a storm over these past few months, and we will continue to navigate these uncharted waters together. Throughout it all, as it has for the past 131 years, the Osterhout Free Library has adapted to challenging times and has maintained its service to our community.

As we weather this unprecedented storm in our lives, we have adjusted our course. And, though we’re all operating a little differently these days, we’re aiming for normal every chance we get.

Please join us in supporting the Osterhout Free Library with our Summer’s End Seafest Event. It’s one we can enjoy and celebrate together, yet in our own safe harbors. While we wish we could be together, the party is still on.



Enjoy an old-fashioned seafood feast!

Join us for a Take-Away Seafest Dinner on Saturday, September 12. For $75 per person, choose one of the following seaworthy entrees: lobster roll, marinated wagyu beef and jumbo shrimp skewers, crab cakes with sriracha aioli, or vegan crab cakes.

All entrees include a mixed berry cobbler crumble. You may also purchase a la carte items for an additional fee. Orders of two or more receive a complimentary 6-pack of beer from Susquehanna Brewing Co. and a pint of ice cream from Blue Ribbon Dairy. All food orders will be prepared by The Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre.

Please reserve your dinner(s) by August 31. You may also make reservations directly by contacting Amber Loomis at (570) 823-0156, ext. 218, or [email protected].


Pick up locations include:

The Westmoreland Club
59 S. Franklin St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

The Medicine Shoppe – Dallas
26 Dallas Village
Dallas, PA 18612

Lewith and Freeman Real Estate – Mountain Top Office
95 S. Main Rd.
Mountain top, PA 18707



But wait. There’s more! Set your sights on sweet deals and prizes.

Embark with us on a Virtual Auction and Raffle. The auction starts at 4pm on Thursday, September 10 and ends at 9pm on September 12. It’s free to register. Payment is only due on the items you win.

While bidding does not officially open until 4pm on September 10, you are able to do the following right now: register to bid, purchase raffle tickets to win a $5,000 cash prize, and donate the library. Join us remotely from your phone, laptop or computer to bid electronically on an array of fabulous auction items.

Check out the library on social media for updates, a party play list, seaworthy films, book lists and more. We hope to “sea” you there!



Your support travels so much farther than you know.

Where would many of us be without the information we find in our public libraries? 100% of the proceeds raised from the Summer’s End Seafest Dinner and the Virtual Auction and Raffle benefit the Osterhout Free Library.

When you show support for the Osterhout Free Library, you are giving back to the community. Many Luzerne County residents utilize the library’s programs to continue their education, to conduct research and study for post-secondary school exams, and to immerse their children and grandchildren into the wonders of reading.

The Osterhout Free Library is a dynamic, versatile community center. In 2019, we welcomed over 125,000 visitors. More than half of young adults and seniors living in poverty in Luzerne County came to the Osterhout to access the Internet and participate in life enriching programs. Many used the library to find work, apply to college, secure benefits, learn new skills, and file for unemployment. To so many, the Osterhout is a lifeline. And we’re thankful for your support.

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