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Gold stars achieved by December 31, 2019 valid for three years; Gold stars achieved after January 1, 2020 are valid for one year Mechanicsburg, PA (April 22, 2019) – Beginning January 2020, once a library achieves the Gold level of the PA Forward Star Library program, libraries...

PALS

  Due to overwhelming response, the June 2-5 Leadership Academy now has a waiting list. However, there is still time to apply for the Directors’ Institute — financial support may be available for attendees with smaller library budgets.  Applications are being accepted...

The Public Relations and Marketing Committee of the Pennsylvania Library Association is pleased to offer a media toolkit to be used for celebrating National Library Week in April. The National Library Week 2019 toolkit is now available on the Pennsylvania Library Association’s...

Larry Nesbit

  I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in August 1970 and began work at Mansfield University a few weeks later as the education librarian.  It was a perfect match for me because it permitted me to use my undergraduate and graduate backgrounds in education, as well...

Stephanie Bragg

  By Stephanie Bragg, Children’s Librarian Paoli Library The biggest buzzword of the decade in children’s learning is STEM, or STEAM or STREAM, or whichever letters one may choose to represent.  For those who may be unaware, the general concept is learning in the areas...

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...