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The Bethlehem Area Public Library, in partnership with the National Museum of Industrial History, is proud to present TUG!, a new Bethlehem Steel-themed children’s book by BAPL children’s librarian Catherine McCafferty. TUG! is a picture book about a tow tractor that helped...

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There is very exciting news for Print Disabled Pennsylvanians this month.   Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped are officially changing our...

In an effort to better reach those seeking employment or navigating career transitions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Berks County Public Libraries will take to the road later this month with the launch of their Mobile Job Lab, bringing free workforce resources and instruction to...

November 9, 2020  Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced the State Library of Pennsylvania was named one of the best genealogical websites in the country by Family Tree Magazine. “Exploring lineage allows us to better understand the diverse...

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The Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) is pleased to announce that two new statewide online learning e-resources are now available through Niche Academy, a platform of free tutorials for library staff and the general population. The Pennsylvania Library Staff Academy is available...

The West End Library received a grant for a project to help with outdoor programming.  See the project in this NorthCentralPa.com article.  Director Wendy Rote explained that, due to COVID, she thought an outdoor area would help them attend to their rural community’s needs.   ...

Dellana Diovisalvo is the new director at the Tunkhannock Library.  Read more. ...

The September/October issue  of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania has research by Dr. Sara A. Grove and Dr. C. Nielsen Brasher, of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, examining Pennsylvania’s public library services. The Role of Rural Public Libraries in Providing Access...

Mechanicsburg, Pa – The Cumberland County Library System Foundation has been awarded a national grant to support staff development. The American Library Association’s H.W. Wilson Grant is an annual award consisting of $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation given to a library...

(JOHNSTOWN, PA.) – The Cambria County Library is a 2020 recipient of a Banned Books Weeks Grant from the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). This grant is offered through the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund, honoring the FTRF founder who worked to prevent censorship and protect First...