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Celebrate Pennsylvania’s libraries with author Bernadette Lear, Librarian at the Pennsylvania State University, as she discusses the history of libraries in her newest book, “Made Free and Thrown Open to the Public: Community Libraries in Pennsylvania from the Colonial...

The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will be held virtually from September 17-26.  The theme is Open a Book, Open the World.  Access the program schedule and Festival information. ...

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  DATE:  June 9, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm (EST) Join us as we discuss the 2020 IPPY Award Winning book Coyotes in the Pasture and Wolves at the Door: Stories and Recipes from Our Farm to Your Table. In 1985, Sukey and John Jamison started a farm business with two mortgages,...

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Join us to meet and chat with international best-selling author Phaedra Patrick as she discusses her work, “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.” Learn more about the book, which is the selection of the One Book One Community regional reading program chosen by libraries in...

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday this year! Create your FREE account now at loc.gov/bookfest to access on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions during the Festival weekend, Sept. 25 – 27.  It’s all virtual and...

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10 years, 6,500 members, and their 50th Interview     Middletown, PA: Ten years ago, on July 6, 2010, John Grayshaw created the Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) on Facebook. Grayshaw is the Library Director of Middletown Public Library a small, independent library in...

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  Southern Chester County’s Writers Conference was held in November.  The  conference was organized by the directors of the Oxford Library, Kennett Library, and Avon Grove Library and featured over a dozen local authors selling and signing books.   Mark Bowden...

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The North Central Library District hosted the Challenging Patron Workshop: Library Safety, Security, and Service at the Moment of Truth on August 23, 2019, at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Thompson Development Center in Williamsport. The workshop drew 60 library directors...

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  Mt. Lebanon Public Library’s Evening with Erik Larson, was held on April 29 with a sellout crowd (1,000+).  A VIP reception was held for over 60 people prior to Larson’s description of his research and writing process. Larson is a master of narrative non-fiction....

InfoPeople is offering the following FREE webinars: Balancing Books and Social Issues: Homelessness and Trauma Date:  Wednesday February 6, 2019 Presented by Elissa Hardy With numerous budget cuts to social services programs, public libraries are encountering more individuals experiencing...