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By Elizabeth Hess The month of November usually makes me think of the upcoming holiday season, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying the beautiful Pennsylvania autumn. After recently attending an eye-opening session at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Annual...

A recent Pew Research Center report about lifelong learning and technology found that “74% of adults participate in learning activities in which they had done at least one of several activities, such as reading how-to materials or taken courses in pursuit of learning more...

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The Carnegie Free Library of Beaver Falls has been awarded a Curiosity Creates Grant from the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The library is one of 77 public libraries in the United States awarded the grant, which has...

This grant offers a book club program specially designed for at-risk youth. Any library that is located within, or working in partnership with, an organization that serves at-risk youth would be eligible. (This includes alternative high schools, juvenile justice organizations,...

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration recently released the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP), a new technical assistance tool for implementing the WIOA. Contact your local public workforce leaders and...

ALA has released a FREE, six-part online course designed to help libraries strengthen their role as core community leaders and work with residents to bring about positive change. Led by educators from the Harwood Institute, the webinars explain, step by step, how to use the “turning...

ALA has released The State of America’s Libraries report for 2015.  According to this latest report, academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society.  Read the Executive Summary , Issues and Trends or National...

NEH and ALA are offering grants of $3,000 to $10,000 to libraries, humanities councils, museums and other nonprofits to develop public programming related to Latino American history and culture. The deadline is May 1, 2015.  Learn more.     ...

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! ...

A study by John Horrigan and Jason Llorenz for WifiForward  finds that public libraries are the most common public Wi-Fi access points for African Americans and Latinos.  Read more about the impact of Wi-Fi on the District Dispatch site. // // ...