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Mysterious events are happening at the State Library of Pennsylvania! Join Sandy Nork as she discusses her latest novel Flood Risk at a virtual event for the State Library of Pennsylvania.  Date: September 8, 2021 Time: 12 noon to 1:00 pm  Pennsylvania self published author...

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: August 11, 2021 Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) This is the third in a series of virtual programs about Rare Books.  Join Michael Lear, the State Library’s Rare Collections Librarian, as he delves into topics on book preservation and history. Each session will...

Cover of the book Coyotes in the Pasture and Wolves at the Door: Stories and Recipes from Our Farm to Your Table

  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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  The 18th Century Book Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12PM to 1 PM Cost: FREE       This presentation gives an overview of the 18th-century book in America from British imports to American-printed works and the role of the printer, bookbinder, and bookseller....

Cover of the book The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

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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  Meet the authors as they discuss and read selected passages by attending a virtual author event via Zoom on Thursday August 20 from noon to 1 PM, hosted by the State Library of Pennsylvania! About the book: Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBTQ Community,...

Michael Lear

What Makes a Book Rare? By Michael Lear, Rare Collections Librarian State Library of Pennsylvania Libraries with rare or special collections may be asked: what makes a book “rare” or valuable? Probably the most often thought of factor by is that a book is old. This is sometimes...

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  by Michael Lear, Rare Collections Librarian, State Library of Pennsylvania mlear@pa.gov Preservation of Paper-Based Materials Overview Paper-based materials are subject to damage by multiple external and internal factors. Careless handling can result in tears. Staining...