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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...

Glenn R. Miller

I am pleased to announce that the Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (GAC) approved a new set of Guidelines for the Statewide Library Card System. Last updated in 1999, the new guidelines are more concise, offer greater clarity about the program for library staff...

Keystone Webinar Recording Available If your library is considering applying for a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities in 2019, and you were unable to attend an in-person or webinar workshop offered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, you can view a recording of the...

The Keystone grant program provides funds to sponsoring municipalities for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs to plan, acquire, construct or rehabilitate public libraries as outlined in the program’s general guidelines.  Examples of fundable projects include, but are...

If your library is considering applying for a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities in 2019, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries encourages you to attend one of the workshops being offered in January 2019 at various locations around the state. Ed Lupico, Keystone Advisor...

When: Saturday, May 5, 2018: 8:30AM-1PM Where: Holiday Inn Harrisburg East, 815 S. Eisenhower Blvd., Middletown, PA 17057 Continental breakfast and registration begin at 8:30AM Keynote speaker: 9AM-1PM Cost: $5 for continental breakfast Register online One of the functions of library...

County Commissioner Association of PA

How can the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania help your library? Read on to find out more about our partner, their involvement in literacy, and how we can work with them to promote civic and social literacy. Our Partner:  The County Commissioners Association of...

Christie Himmelreich

Our Partner:  The Pennsylvania Municipal League Partner Profile: The Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1900 as an advocate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd class cities.  Today, the PML represents participating Pennsylvania...

This StandardSpeaker.com article  states that “Philadelphia, along with Pittsburgh, Erie and Allentown, were among the least-connected cities in the nation with 100,000 or more residents.” This article discusses some of the issues, such as a limitation  on municipal...

Thirty-five projects totaling $6,664,072 were recently awarded Keystone grants. See the list of awarded projects below. The competitive grant is used to award matching construction and facilities grants to municipalities that sponsor state-aided public libraries. Grants pay up to...