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Practicing or prospective school librarians may apply for the Jack R. Luskay scholarship, which may provide assistance for transportation, registration fees, membership dues, and hotel/meal expenses to attend the annual Pennsylvania School Librarians Association conference.  The...

Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries initiative identifies the top new libraries for ideas and inspiration. They are accepting submissions online until March 31, 2015 from public libraries that have completed new construction, expansion or significant renovation within...

This is the 25th anniversary of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). Resources on the anniversary, and ADA in general, are available here.  You may also want to request that the ADA Legacy Tour visit your area. This is a good opportunity to highlight your library’s assistive...

The National Park Service, National Archive Presidential Libraries, and other cultural and historic organizations will deliver a series of 20 free interactive videoconferencing programs aimed at grades 6-12 as part of the Presidential Primary Source Project (PPSP).   Each program...

Applications for the 2015 Library of Congress Literacy Awards are now open. The awards seek to “recognize organizations doing exemplary, innovative and easily replicable work over a sustained period of time and to encourage new groups, organizations and individuals to become...

February 2 Ditching Dewey: Genrefication in your Library (TL Virtual Café) The TL Virtual Cafe is committed to creating conversations about teacher-librarians, educational technology, and collaborative connections to facilitate meaningful and lifelong learning skills. February...

PA Forward Logo of Five Literacies

  by Jill McConnell I attended a Trustee Town Hall meeting last year where Kathy Silks mentioned that libraries can use PA Forward in their strategic planning process. That sounded like a great idea to me, but I wasn’t quite sure how to put it into practice until I spoke...

New online summer reading software is available for 2015.  This year Counting Opinions’ Reading Club will be the software available for Pennsylvania libraries to use to increase their reach for summer readers.  The software will allow libraries to customize the software as much...

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults, including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards, at its Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  Check them out! ...

Tredyffrin Public Library will hold an antique appraisal. ...