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PA History: Read It, See It: Cornwall Iron Furnace You’re invited to discover the fascinating history that surrounds you here in Pennsylvania! PA History: Read It, See It is a new series of virtual programs presented by the State Library of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Pennsylvania...

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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...

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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...

Let’s Talk Beer! with author Alison Feeney Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12PM to 1PM (EST) Cost: free It’s no secret – Pennsylvania loves beer; the state ranks first in the nation for the number of barrels produced, and the state’s brewers, breweries, and...

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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....

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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 State Library of Pennsylvania presents a Virtual Author Talk: Phaedra Patrick and “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...

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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,...

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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 Identification of photographs Identifying the type of photograph(s) that you have helps to date an image and can be key to determining the best handling and storage conditions. Some...