Scranton Reads: One City, One Book has selected Mary Shelley’s classic novel “Frankenstein” as this year’s featured book.

The joint program of Scranton Public Library and the City of Scranton each year picks a book that it encourages the public to read at the same time. Throughout October, they hold various events tied in to the story.

“Frankenstein” focuses on the work of scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a being from various body parts that then turns violent and murderous. Free copies of the book will be available at Scranton library branches starting in September.

Scranton Reads will hold a fundraiser Friday, Aug. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Backyard Ale House, 523 Linden St, Scranton. A $5 donation gets guests Happy Hour specials, and they also can participate in a basket raffle. Proceeds benefit Scranton Reads’ book purchases.

For more information about Scranton Reads and its upcoming programs, visit or or call 570-348-3000.