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The STAR Library Network (STAR_Net) reports that over 7,000 libraries are hosting eclipse events! Check out this map for locations. Libraries across Pennsylvania are planning events and providing special  glasses for their patrons.  Here’s a sample of what some are doing: Altoona...

By: Susan Sentz Many communities have seen escape rooms pop up as a new recreational activity. The premise is pretty simple; find the clues, decipher the puzzles, and break out of the room. With the popularity of escape rooms, many libraries have begun putting them on for their...

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By: Susan Sentz One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is being able to connect with others over a shared interest. This can be through discussion about a new book, movie or my favorite topic Harry Potter.  The purpose of Harry Potter Book Night is to pass the magic of...

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  By: Susan Sentz We view our libraries as community centers, providing much needed services to our patrons. During the holiday season many libraries go beyond the typical library services to serve their communities in nontraditional ways.  A great way to help give back this...

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By: Susan Sentz Looking for something different to hold at your library? Why not make it a club? Book clubs are a great program for your library to get patrons coming back each month; so it’s time to capitalize on this by creating other clubs for patrons to keep them coming back...