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Glenn R. Miller

I am pleased to announce that the Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development (GAC) approved a new set of Guidelines for the Statewide Library Card System. Last updated in 1999, the new guidelines are more concise, offer greater clarity about the program for library staff...

Keystone Pre-Application Workshop Matching amounts up to $750,000! Learn about Letter of Intent (due end of year) and more! Is your library planning a renovation or construction project which will improve service to your users? Learn about Keystone: register for an in-person workshop...

REGISTER NOW Registration for the live 2019 Fall Training sessions is now open! There are 9 sessions scheduled across the state.  Please keep in mind that while the deadline for registering is one week before each scheduled session, space is limited and seats will be filled on...

Albrecht Multi District

The North Central Library District hosted the Challenging Patron Workshop: Library Safety, Security, and Service at the Moment of Truth on August 23, 2019, at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Thompson Development Center in Williamsport. The workshop drew 60 library directors...

  Read about the Phoenixville Public Library‘s Citizenship Corner in this Patch article.! ...

I’m pleased to share this invitation to join the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) as our new Library Development Advisor for School-Age Services. This is a new position for the Bureau of Library Development (BLD).  Under Sue Banks’ leadership as the new BLD Director,...

Ryan Dowd, a nationally sought after speaker and author of The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness, led a four hour workshop for 60 librarians and library staff of the five county Lehigh Valley region in eastern PA on August 5, 2019. Ryan serves as the Executive Director of...

Nature Backpack

Themed backpacks used to explore and learn about the many forms of nature in backyards and the region’s green spaces Pittsburgh (May 28, 2019) – The Allegheny County Library Association, Allegheny County Parks, Allegheny Land Trust and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are...

Library Staff

  The Butler Area Public Library celebrated its 125th anniversary on June 22nd with an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. Three-hundred and fifty library friends, staff, and community representatives gathered in the library’s courtyard for an ice cream sundae bar, games,...

Library Block Parties Information Background A Block Party is an hour long free play session with a set of universal blocks (350), people, vehicles, animals, scarves, photographs of buildings, and other accompanying materials where preschoolers have the freedom to build and play...