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Pennsylvania Library Association recognizes libraries for PA ForwardTM Star achievementsearned between July 1 and September 30, 2019 Mechanicsburg, PA (October 7, 2019) – The Pennsylvania Library Association just announced the 2019 second quarter PA ForwardTM Star Library awardees....

More than 40 libraries reached PA Forward Star Library status July 1 to September 30, 2018 Mechanicsburg, PA (October 4, 2018) – “Libraries throughout Pennsylvania continue highlighting that they are more than book repositories, earning stars along the way and underscoring...

LIBRARIES’ LITERACY PROGRAMS MAKE POSITIVE IMPACTS ON CITIZENS, COMMUNITIES Some 50 libraries recognized in statewide program for achievements gained between April 1 and June 30, 2018   Mechanicsburg, PA (July 18, 2018) – The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) congratulates...

Program works to increase institutional capacity for continued community engagement; Creates opportunities for access for residents Mechanicsburg, PA – Highlighting Pennsylvania libraries and their roles in powering progress throughout the state, the PA Library Association announced...

Jasmine Woodson

by Jasmine Woodson With some embarrassment, I start this article with the admission that my first introduction to PA Forward was through my experience as a PALS attendee this June. There was so much talk about PaLA’s PA Forward, and I sat mutely, racking my brain to pull out...

Michelle Georgetti

by Michelle Muro Orange is the New Black Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, came to the Scranton Cultural Center on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 to talk about her book and discuss what it was like spending a year in a women’s prison. The sold-out event was part of the...

Jasmine Woodson

  by Jasmine Woodson, Education & Learning Design Librarian, Library and Technology Services Lehigh University In June of this year, 15 librarians gathered in a Harrisburg conference center over three and a half days as participants in PaLA’s Pennsylvania Academy of...

By Angie Andre I get very excited when I learn about a new gadget that we could use in a library Maker Program. I can see the possibility and the excitement that this shiney new technology will bring to patrons  young and old. Then I look at the price tag, the quantity we would...

Ashley Flynn

  By Ashley Flynn The Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS) is a training opportunity designed help Pennsylvanian librarians maximize their leadership potential. Many participants come away from the experience feeling energized and confident...

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by Angie Andre A Summary We are coming to the end of a year of the Pennsylvania Leadership Academy (PALS) projects.  June of 2016 will mark the transferring of duties from the 2015-2016 teams to the new groups of leaders that will work on projects in 2016-2017.   My group was...