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Albrecht Multi District

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...

erik larson

  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...

Khan with Woodward

    The Baldwin School Libraries hosted author Hena Khan in December.  Khan is is a Pakistani-American Muslim who enjoys writing about her culture and religion. She met with students in PreK – Grade 6 to share her journey as a writer and explain the need for more diverse...

Public Library Association seeks stories on courage, offering winners up to $1,000 and the opportunity to be published in Short Story Dispensers worldwide (CHICAGO) – Sept. 25, 2018 – America’s libraries are home to countless volumes and voices...

book week

(Carlisle, PA) The Bosler Memorial Library and Friends of Bosler Memorial Library biennial Celebrate the Book Week Festival is coming soon! Starting Friday, October 19 with Wine and Words and ending Saturday, October 27 with Young Adult Day there is something for everyone during...

Bethlehem Area Public Library had early 20th century poet Hilda “H.D.” Doolittle’s childhood home recognized as a Literary Landmark, near where the Bethlehem Area Public Library now stands. The library is now using GoFundMe to raise money to commission a portrait...

Once Upon a Time

The Come Write In program provides free resources to libraries, community centers, and local bookstores to build writing havens in their communities. Each November, writers congregate at Come Write In spaces to pursue their creative dreams and write the first draft of their novel. Come...

On May 16, the Meyersdale Public Library will host authors James and Suzanne Gindlesperger.  The authors will present a program about Gettysburg, featuring content from the first and second volume of their books So You Think You Know Gettysburg?  They will explore lesser-known...

Building Harrisburg

State Library of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Authors  Lunchtime Lecture Series! What? Meet Ken Frew, author of Building Harrisburg Where? State Library of Pennsylvania, Room 321 Forum Building 607 South Drive, Harrisburg, PA When? Wednesday, May 9 at 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Written...