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Consider applying for the 2020 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program.  The deadline is January 24, 2020. The Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program is made possible through PSAYDN, with training support from the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) and STEM Education Coalition,...

Chocolate treats

  Red Land Library Celebrates Gold at ChocolateFest on February 8 ChocolateFest is the signature celebration of Red Land Community Library each February during Love Your Library month. On Saturday, February 8, staff will welcome visitors, friends, and neighbors to the library...

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    Josh Berk, Executive Director of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, was on ABC Action News. Watch the story to learn the fate of the forty-year old overdue book, “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus.” ...

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The State Library knows that exploring your family history is a popular pastime. African American genealogy can be tricky and may require some special advice. Join the conversation with special guest Adrienne Whaley, President of the Philadelphia African American Genealogy Group! GET...

Pennhurst Exhibit

  The Muhlenberg Community Library is currently hosting the panel exhibit, Images of The Pennhurst Story – Tragedy to Disability Rights.  The exhibit tells the “real” story and controversy of The Pennhurst State School and Hospital leading to its closure and its...

The Indiana Free Library and the University of Indiana are partnering to offer STEM day. ...

Applications are now open for both the Leadership Academy and Directors’ Institute by PALS (Pennsylvania Library Association Academy of Leadership Studies)! Deadline to apply is March 5 for those interested in asking for a sponsorship from a PaLA chapter or other financial assistance....

National Training Initiative:  Webinar and Live Training WebJunction is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to offer Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, a FREE national training initiative for public library...

Oil Creek and Seneca Library Districts have entered into a Reciprocal Lending Agreement (RLA) through OverDrive – the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. The RLA allows patrons to use both District’s OverDrive collections with just their home library card. “Access is a...

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, I am very pleased to announce that the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Keystone Grants for Public Libraries program. The Keystone grant program provides funds to sponsoring municipalities...