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The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the only federal program exclusively for libraries. It is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  IMLS uses a population driven formula to distribute funds to states through its Grants to States program. ...

The Library of Congress and the American Folklife Center have launched the Community Collections grant program. These grants will support individuals or non-profit organizations in producing cultural documentation–photographs, interviews, audio or video recordings about their...

This is a photo collage of nine portraits of African Americans.

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is thrilled to share with you the Black Bethlehem Project, a first-of-its kind historical study of the Black experience in Bethlehem, PA. This project was funded through the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium and spearheaded by BAPL’s...

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10 years, 6,500 members, and their 50th Interview     Middletown, PA: Ten years ago, on July 6, 2010, John Grayshaw created the Science Fiction Book Club (SFBC) on Facebook. Grayshaw is the Library Director of Middletown Public Library a small, independent library in...

This year, six participants of the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Leadership Academy (PALS) have been given the opportunity to identify and write articles about the work of libraries for publication in outlets such as the Office of Commonwealth Libraries’ Compendium and...

Top 18 Interviews of PA Books To celebrate the contribution to preserving Pennsylvania’s history and culture by PA Books, the 18 favorites, including the 800th episode, will be available FREE of charge streaming on the PCN Select app or at this page until the end of March. PA...

Focus on Education is a monthly program focusing on education issues in Pennsylvania.  It airs the second Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m. EST on Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).  The same show is offered several times throughout the same month.  You may also access past recorded...

PA LaunchPod

PaLAunchPod, a new podcast series created by Pennsylvania librarians taking part in a Pennsylvania Library Association-related initiative, will premier on February 1st! The podcast series features spectacular Pennsylvania librarians and the amazing things they do in their libraries...

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PaLAunchPod! The Pennsylvania Library Association  is pleased to announce the start of PaLAunchPod, a series of podcasts featuring Pennsylvania Librarians doing what they do best…being awesome! Do you know of someone in a Pennsylvania library who is doing fantastic things...

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by Caitlyn Bovard As librarians, we wear many hats. Over the last several years, our ‘hat’ in providing job and career support for individuals in our communities has increased significantly. Whether your library is serving a large urban community, a small rural town or even...