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The OCLC site now has the  results of the sixth round of Battelle’s laboratory testing for infectious COVID-19 virus on  materials commonly found in furnishings and exhibits of archives, libraries, and museums.   ...

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The Bethlehem Area Public Library, in partnership with the National Museum of Industrial History, is proud to present TUG!, a new Bethlehem Steel-themed children’s book by BAPL children’s librarian Catherine McCafferty. TUG! is a picture book about a tow tractor that helped...

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There is very exciting news for Print Disabled Pennsylvanians this month.   Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped are officially changing our...

In an effort to better reach those seeking employment or navigating career transitions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Berks County Public Libraries will take to the road later this month with the launch of their Mobile Job Lab, bringing free workforce resources and instruction to...

November 9, 2020  Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced the State Library of Pennsylvania was named one of the best genealogical websites in the country by Family Tree Magazine. “Exploring lineage allows us to better understand the diverse...

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The Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) is pleased to announce that two new statewide online learning e-resources are now available through Niche Academy, a platform of free tutorials for library staff and the general population. The Pennsylvania Library Staff Academy is available...

The West End Library received a grant for a project to help with outdoor programming.  See the project in this NorthCentralPa.com article.  Director Wendy Rote explained that, due to COVID, she thought an outdoor area would help them attend to their rural community’s needs.   ...

The REALM project has published the results of the fifth round of Battelle’s laboratory testing for infectious COVID-19 virus on four fabrics and leather—materials commonly used for bookbinding, upholstery, and crowd control.  View test results: https://oc.lc/test5-results The...

For session descriptions and to register, please visit: https://powerlibrary.org/librarians/get-training/2020-fall-training-registration/ Join us this fall for a series of online training webinars focusing on ways to use POWER Library resources to complement public library digital...

The American Library Association (ALA) will award up to 650 libraries, in small and rural communities, $3000 each to tackle issues of concern in their communities. The grants will be distributed over two funding rounds. Read the full project guidelines. The deadline is December...