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Association’s professional development tracks help librarians, staff and volunteers support library’s efforts in local communities Mechanicsburg, PA (November 27, 2018) – For the last decade, the Pennsylvania Library Association has been helping to develop librarians into...

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  by Meghan Lynch Business Outreach Librarian Chester County Library The Welcome to the Library program at the Chester County Library in Exton, PA, was inspired by the realization that although new library card holders are given a lot of literature about various library programs...

June and Brady

by June Houghtaling, District Consultant, North Central Library District, and Brady Clemens, District Consultant, Central Pennsylvania Library District We all know how important it is for libraries to develop, maintain, and enhance strong relationships with our elected officials....

More than 40 libraries reached PA Forward Star Library status July 1 to September 30, 2018 Mechanicsburg, PA (October 4, 2018) – “Libraries throughout Pennsylvania continue highlighting that they are more than book repositories, earning stars along the way and underscoring...

    David Belanger is Director of Libraries for Lower Merion Township.  Lower Merion supports six local library branches in a community of 58,000 residents.  The Library is a department of Township government and staff are township employees. David has held the position...

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...

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...

PA LaunchPod

A new episode of PaLAunchpod dropped on May 15. In this episode, host Tom Berman talks with Library Services Manager of the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and president of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Marilyn Holt about the history...

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...

The Pennsylvania Library Association is sharing the May (Civic Literacy) and the June/July/August (Summer Reading) toolkits for your reference. Each toolkit includes sample press release text, social media hashtags, resource links and graphics for posting. These kits are made available...