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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. ...

National Training Initiative:  Webinar and Live Training WebJunction is partnering with the nonprofit organization, Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to offer Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, a FREE national training initiative for public library...

Oil Creek and Seneca Library Districts have entered into a Reciprocal Lending Agreement (RLA) through OverDrive – the first of its kind in Pennsylvania. The RLA allows patrons to use both District’s OverDrive collections with just their home library card. “Access is a...

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, I am very pleased to announce that the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Keystone Grants for Public Libraries program. The Keystone grant program provides funds to sponsoring municipalities...

EXTON: On the heels of being awarded numerous other accolades for 2019 including Pennsylvania Library Association’s State Library of the Year Award, the Chester County Library was named as one of America’s Top-Rated Libraries – earning the designation as a Star Library by...

The Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative (III) offers paid, summer-long internships to high school students at their local public library. Over the course of the summer, each intern works with a library mentor on a community-based learning project. Through...

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,...

Read this InsiderFinancial article on how the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children runs libraries in city schools. ...