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State Library of Pennsylvania Virtual Author Talk: Don Helin presents his latest book: From Army Regulations to Novels: A Writers Journey Date:   June 29, 2022  12 Noon to 1 PM  —Register below— Note: Mr. Helin will be at ALA booths 1944 and 1945 Insight books...

State Library of Pennsylvania hosts LGBT Center traveling exhibit: With Open Heart and Open Arms: LGBTQ Cuban Refugees and Our Community’s Response to the Mariel Boatlift About the exhibit From April through October 1980 approximately 125,000 refugees fled their homes in Cuba...

A patron shared her TikTok video about her recent trip to the library with her son. You may see it on the Altoona Area Public Library’s Facebook page! (scroll until you see “Thank you Janei…”) ...

Seneca Library District Participates in Free Summer Snack Program with Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP) 1 in 6 Children each day go hungry in the United States of America. 1 in 6. In rural Northwest PA, many of the school districts cannot afford to continue serving free breakfast...

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May 11, 2022 Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced that Pennsylvania’s public electronic library, POWER Library, has acquired 350 new e-books for users to explore, bringing the total of available titles to approximately 20,000. “Through...

Read about Andrew Henley, the new director at the New Castle Public Library. ...

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Office of Commonwealth Libraries is working with QualityMetrics Inc. on a new Five-Year Plan as required by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The plan will guide all the work of Office of Commonwealth Libraries for 2023-2027...

The Red Land Library will host a fly-in by Vietnam War veteran, Richard “Buck” Buchanan, who was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam war.  It will be held on May 14.  The library connected with the Liberty War Birds for the program. Learn more! —-  note: ...

Kreutz Creek Library Susan Nenstiel Cuts Ribbon

HELLAM, PA – York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert and local dignitaries addressed the crowd gathered during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Kreutz Creek Library in Hellam Monday. Speakers included “Imagine. Discover. Connect.” Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Lynda Randall...

Rare Collections Virtual Series: Benjamin Franklin’s Pen and Press Date:  April 27, 2022 Time: Noon – 1 PM The State Library of Pennsylvania is showcasing items from Rare Collections with a series of virtual programs that highlight rare and unique books. Join State Library...