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The 2021 Pennsylvania One Book program emphasizes the importance of emotional resilience, social-emotional wellness, and healing through literacy and literature in Many Books, One Pennsylvania Community.    Two booklists (for ages 0-36 months and ages 3-6) of recommended titles...

January 28, 2021 Pennsylvania Department of Education Seeks Sponsors for Summer Meals Nutrition Programs Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education is asking organizations across the state to consider providing nutritious meals to youth during the summer months...

Access the the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book.  The Data Book describes how children were  faring prior to the corona virus pandemic.  An Interactive Data Book is also online. as well as other publications. ...

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is encouraging organizations across the state to help provide nutritious meals to children in low-income areas during the summer months through PDE’s Summer Food Service Program. “Every summer thousands of young...

Stacey Mulligan

Young children (ages 0-5) are considered “hard-to-count” because the Census Bureau finds them challenging to interview, locate or contact! Cultural and linguistic barriers only compound this issue.  Libraries across the United States are responding in innovative ways. In Phoenix,...

Provide opportunities for the girls in your community and offer a Girls Who Code Club! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3rd-12th grade girls, run by community leaders, teachers, librarians, and parents.  Many facilitators have no technical experience...

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Prevention approaches and intervention, laws and policies, infographics and other resources are available at stopbullying.gov .     ...

Nature Backpack

Themed backpacks used to explore and learn about the many forms of nature in backyards and the region’s green spaces Pittsburgh (May 28, 2019) – The Allegheny County Library Association, Allegheny County Parks, Allegheny Land Trust and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are...

Library Block Parties Information Background A Block Party is an hour long free play session with a set of universal blocks (350), people, vehicles, animals, scarves, photographs of buildings, and other accompanying materials where preschoolers have the freedom to build and play...

Wee Build is for libraries that do not have the space or storage necessary to be eligible for the Block Party program and for libraries with the Block Party materials who would like the Wee Build materials to use for outreach and use by infants and toddlers.  It consists of 20...