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A recent segment of Comcast Newsmakers in Pittsburgh featured Mark Lee, Library Services Administrator of  the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped. Watch the video [6:36 min] and learn about serving Pennsylvanians with print disabilities, ...

Music and Multimedia Camp

  The Millvale Community Library makerspace is a vibrant place full of Maker camp activities this summer. Our free Maker camps include: art camp, music camp, fashion camp, Riverfront and environmental camp, space camp, and pottery camp. ( There are 10 slots available for each...

Library Journal‘s annual award for the Best Small Library in America, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, honors the U.S. public library that demonstrates outstanding service to populations of 25,000 or less.  The deadline is July 2, 2019.  Access the guidelines. ...

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries seeks contributing libraries for the Chat with a Librarian service.  Chat with a Librarian (formerly known as Ask Here PA) has been providing 24/7/365 live chat reference since 2006, and this service is a core component of the POWER Library....

The Benson Memorial Library is excited to announce their newest online database: the Obituary Index! You can now search our obituary index online from anywhere in the world. It contains more than 18,000 listings. The Obituary Index can be accessed through the Benson Memorial Library...

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  by Roane C. Lytle, Librarian Williamsburg Public Library Alice was one of our favorite patrons here at the Williamsburg Public Library.  A voracious reader of everything, she was a regular feature in our library.  Alice always returned her books on time, so it was a shock...

Consider joining the first Library 2.019 mini-conference: “Shaping the Future of Libraries with Instructional Design,” which will be held online (and for free) Wednesday, March 13th, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm EST.   You can also watch the recordings at any time by signing...

Over the past two years, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (GAC) has been working with library leaders across the state to review and update its Guidelines for the Statewide Library Card program.  Sometimes called the Access Pennsylvania statewide library...

Date: Friday, August 17    9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main 4400 Forbes Ave Register at this link Please join us for a day of learning and sharing built for library staff at all levels and libraries of all sizes from the Library Districts...

A thank you note was received from a happy customer! The family borrowed a museum pass from the Penn Wynne Library, a branch of the Lower Merion Library System.  The family was able to visit the Museum of the American Revolution for free with the pass. The pass is just one of many...