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Are you interested in improving library access for people with disabilities? As part of an IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Lifelong Learning Continuing Education grant, Infopeople, the Califa training arm, is collaborating with Syracuse University and Project ENABLE to offer...

The Public Library Association (PLA) is still accepting applications from public libraries that are interested in participating in the Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) through February 3, 2020. PLA’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships...

Michael Lear

      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...

Amy Resh

On Wednesday, January 15, the Berks County Public Libraries were honored with an award for innovative programming and outreach in support of the 2020 Census in Berks County. The award was presented at the official opening of the Reading Area Census Office by Berks County Commissioner,...

The 2020 Census will officially begin Jan. 21st, 2020 in the Alaska Native village of Toksook Bay, Alaska, on the Bering Sea! Libraries in Pennsylvania have been preparing for months.  Read how Blasco Library in Erie hosted a Census Ambassador Training! One of the best ways to...

Chocolate treats

  Red Land Library Celebrates Gold at ChocolateFest on February 8 ChocolateFest is the signature celebration of Red Land Community Library each February during Love Your Library month. On Saturday, February 8, staff will welcome visitors, friends, and neighbors to the library...

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    Josh Berk, Executive Director of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, was on ABC Action News. Watch the story to learn the fate of the forty-year old overdue book, “Happy Birthday Baby Jesus.” ...

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The State Library knows that exploring your family history is a popular pastime. African American genealogy can be tricky and may require some special advice. Join the conversation with special guest Adrienne Whaley, President of the Philadelphia African American Genealogy Group! GET...

Pennhurst Exhibit

  The Muhlenberg Community Library is currently hosting the panel exhibit, Images of The Pennhurst Story – Tragedy to Disability Rights.  The exhibit tells the “real” story and controversy of The Pennhurst State School and Hospital leading to its closure and its...

The Indiana Free Library and the University of Indiana are partnering to offer STEM day. ...