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Boyertown Ribbon Cutting

The Boyertown Community Library in Boyertown, PA held the official Grand Opening of their new location on October 27, 2017.  The building. located at 24 N. Reading Ave., was donated to the library by BB & T.  After about 8 months of renovations and preparation the library...

Gladwyne Free Library

  The Gladwyne Free Library, a branch of the Lower Merion Library System, received a 2017 Historic Preservation Award from the Township of Lower Merion Historical Commission and Historical Architectural Review Board. The Library was renovated to make the three level facility...

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries would like to know if your library is: Breaking ground for a construction project; Celebrating a library anniversary or milestone retirement; Announcing a notable new service or program (e.g. MakerSpace opening, special PA Forward program or...

The African American Civil Rights Grant Program (Civil Rights Grants) documents, interprets, and preserves sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The NPS’ 2008 report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework...

WebJunction has content!  Check out this WebJunction page on weeding: Seven Answers to Seven Weeding Questions Deciding how to weed your library’s collection can be daunting. Decisions about criteria and policies are important to address to provide guidance and clarity to...

Shu Qiu

This is part of a series of Session Notes from grantees who have received Professional Development grants from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Each grantee will share their professional development experience and include tips and other resources from the workshop or class....

The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is offering grants to nonprofit organizations and local municipalities.  The foundation’s Community Partners Grant Program funds building renovations and upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades and safety improvements....

Trustee Training in SW PA

What values does your library building convey? What is the board’s annual agenda of work? Will Alexa take over the reference desk? These were some of the questions posed to the 56 library trustees and directors who attended the SWPA Region Trustee Training on April 29th in Greentree....

Twenty-seven projects totaling $5, 939,310 were recently awarded Keystone grants. See the list of awarded projects below. The competitive grant is used to award matching construction and facilities grants to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. Grants pay up...

Punxsutawney Memorial Library is highlighted as one of WebJunction’s participant’s in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project. ...