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Library Journal will select up to 10 buildings, completed between between January 2016 and March 1, 2019 that demonstrate excellence in (1) community engagement in design, (2) sustainability, (3) functionality, (4) innovation, and (5) beauty and delight. Projects to be considered...

Read about the Teen Center at Blasco Library in Erie! ...

Keystone Webinar Recording Available If your library is considering applying for a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities in 2019, and you were unable to attend an in-person or webinar workshop offered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, you can view a recording of the...

The Keystone grant program provides funds to sponsoring municipalities for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs to plan, acquire, construct or rehabilitate public libraries as outlined in the program’s general guidelines.  Examples of fundable projects include, but are...

Last Keystone Webinar for this grant cycle to be offered An additional Keystone webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 5, due to the weather cancellation of a previously scheduled webinar. If your library is considering applying for a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities in...

OCLC’s WebJunction program, in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, is accepting applications from small public libraries (serving communities with fewer than 25,000 people) interested in engaging their communities in a process to transform physical...

If your library is considering applying for a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities in 2019, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries encourages you to attend one of the workshops being offered in January 2019 at various locations around the state. Ed Lupico, Keystone Advisor...

Are Dogs the New Library Cat? At Red Land Community Library in Etters, Pennsylvania, parents can sign children up for a 15-minute slot to read to a golden retriever. The dogs work on Saturdays, sitting contentedly while children choose a book to read aloud. Karen Hostetter, Library...

The Emmaus Public Library officially opened its new wing with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 8, 2018 and an Open House is planned for November 28, 2018 from 6 PM-8:30 PM to allow everyone time to explore their new space. The Emmaus Public Library serves as the home library...

The Belmont Hills Library has reopened.  Read about the renovation and the formerly secret donor. ...