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PA History: Read It, See It – Monthly on Thursdays Thursday, August 19 12PM to 1PM Cost: FREE You’re invited to discover the fascinating history that surrounds you here in Pennsylvania! PA History: Read It, See It is a new series of virtual programs presented by the Pennsylvania...

Read about the IMLS funded, three-year rural library project and access the research, toolkits and recorded webinars. You may also subscribe for updates. ...

This is a Gibson's Girls drawing with the ladies being impacted by a windy day near the water

Date: August 11, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) This is the third in a series of virtual programs about Rare Books.  Join Michael Lear, the State Library’s Rare Collections Librarian, as he delves into topics on book preservation and history. Each session will...

The 2021 Pennsylvania One Book program emphasizes the importance of emotional resilience, social-emotional wellness, and healing through literacy and literature in Many Books, One Pennsylvania Community.    Two booklists (for ages 0-36 months and ages 3-6) of recommended titles...

The Library of Congress and the American Folklife Center have launched the Community Collections grant program. These grants will support individuals or non-profit organizations in producing cultural documentation–photographs, interviews, audio or video recordings about their...

BoardSource’s latest study on board leadership, Leading with Intent: BoardSource Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, is available. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion findings are included.  BoardSource also provides other resources, templates and tools. ...

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MESSAGE FROM: Sue Banks, Acting Deputy Secretary and Commissioner for Libraries: Greetings, Colleagues: I am pleased and proud to share with you the news that Amy Geisinger will be joining the staff of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries as a Library Development Advisor in the...

In order to address Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) concerns unique to library applicants, the American Library Association (ALA), the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), and the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband  Coalition (SHLB) recently co-hosted an open Q&A...

Getting Ready for 2021 Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities The Office of Commonwealth Libraries anticipates opening a Keystone Grants for Public Library Facilities grant round on Monday, July 26, 2021. Applications submission deadline would be Friday, October 29, 2021...