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The Pennsylvania Insurance Department is looking for libraries to host health insurance sign-up events during open enrollment, which runs November 1st to December 15th this year.  The Department will work with local navigator organizations and insurers to provide assistance at...

Read the Transformation Story and learn about the project and the steps Punxsutawney Memorial Library took to transform their spaces!  Photos are included! The library improved sightlines and the teen area and made other small changes in order to make a big impact.  The library...

LIBRARIES’ LITERACY PROGRAMS MAKE POSITIVE IMPACTS ON CITIZENS, COMMUNITIES Some 50 libraries recognized in statewide program for achievements gained between April 1 and June 30, 2018   Mechanicsburg, PA (July 18, 2018) – The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) congratulates...

Flag Day 2018

Flag Day Ceremony On Thursday, June 14th  the North Pocono Public Library celebrated with a brief patriotic Flag Day Ceremony to honor the symbol of our country, and to honor those who have served and continue to serve to preserve our freedom. Moscow, PA June 14, 2018 The North...

Suicide prevention and awareness programs will be available at libraries; Demonstrates importance of health literacy and impacts for communities   Mechanicsburg, PA (May 17, 2018) – The PA Library Association (PaLA) is proud to announce Prevent Suicide PA as the latest PA...

Mechanicsburg, PA (April 9, 2018) – Libraries continue to be strong community resources, demonstrating the power of literacy in action. During the 2018 National Library Week celebration, the Pennsylvania Library Association is thanking libraries throughout the commonwealth for...

PA LaunchPod

A new PaLAunchPod episode dropped on March 15. In this episode, host Heidi Abbey Moyer talks with Penny Talbert, Executive Director of the Ephrata Public Library. Talbert discusses her philosophy of embracing craziness and being fearless in forging and strengthening community...

Richard C. Miller

This is part of a series of Session Notes from grantees who have received Professional Development grants from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Each grantee will share their professional development experience and include tips and other resources from the workshop or class....

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries would like to know if your library is: Breaking ground for a construction project; Celebrating a library anniversary or milestone retirement; Announcing a notable new service or program (e.g. MakerSpace opening, special PA Forward program or...

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  Since 2015, many of our Pennsylvania libraries have been participating with the PA Forward Star Library Program achieving Bronze Star, Silver Star and Gold Star status. It is now time for us to take the next steps in the recertification of those libraries who have reached...