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Sue Nespeca presents a YouTube video [1:24:44] of Summer and Fall books for 2018 on the Library Improvement Channel. Access the channel and the list of Fall books! ...

Jenne Mante

  The Bethlehem Area Public Library is hosting an exciting holiday fundraiser this year. We are partnering with Kindness is Magic Inc. to pay off student lunch debt and erase library fines. One in six children in Pennsylvania suffers from hunger and many of these same students...

                  In 2013, Karen Payonk, Youth Services Director at the Lititz Public Library, initiated the first 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program in Lancaster County. Due to her encouragement and success stories, Renee Christiansen,...

Read about York County Libraries‘ 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. See another posting!   ...

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation streams videos featuring well-known actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations.  This award-winning children’s literacy website is Storyline Online. The site also offers activity guides.  Click on the photo of...

YA Authors, Contests and More On August 15th, School Library Journal is offering a FREE Virtual Conference, for teen and young adult services librarians, and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs, and anyone who loves YA/teen...

Introducing loc.gov: Orientation and Research Strategies Learn about resources at the Library of Congress! When:  Wednesday, May 16, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon EDT Registration: Please register via Eventbrite.* The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural...

PBS offers Point of View (POV) Documentaries for free viewing at public libraries!  Learn how you can parnter with them. PBS Books is also partnering with The Great American Read, an eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign, exploring the “power of...

Top 18 Interviews of PA Books To celebrate the contribution to preserving Pennsylvania’s history and culture by PA Books, the 18 favorites, including the 800th episode, will be available FREE of charge streaming on the PCN Select app or at this page until the end of March. PA...

Iren Snavely

    Iren L. Snavely, Jr. Rare Books Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania   How to Determine Book Condtion? One of the most common questions people ask-whether bibliophiles or the heirs to family treasures—is what is the condition of my book?  Adjectives such...