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Over 300 copyright-free titles are available in POWER Library! Use them for online storytime or other read-aloud activities. ...

POWER Library will be updating e-resource names and icons on August 3. This will affect most of the e-resources provided by Gale. These changes will not require updates to any links. Only the icon and name of the e-resource will be updated. Your “List All” and “Help...

Registration is Open for POWER Library Spring Training! HSLC is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2020 POWER Library Spring Training.  Sessions will focus on E-Resources, Programming Ideas with POWER Library, Chat with a Librarian (sneak-peek at new software!),...

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...

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...

Two new libraries will begin staffing Chat with a Librarian! We’re pleased to announce that the Berks County Library System and Saint Francis University will soon be staffing Chat with a Librarian.  Saint Francis University, which already uses LibAnswers, is excited to be...

Online Resources for Auto and Small Engine Repair I am pleased to announce that Auto Repair Source and Small Engine Repair Reference Center (SERRC) will soon be available in POWER Library.  Selected as a result of competitive bidding, these two EBSCO e-resources will increase...

Solar Cards

  Help kids take flight this summer with Kids InfoBits.  The materials include a library activity guide for solar system trading cards, which includes an optional 10-15 minute program, and the print-and-cut trading cards. Please note that Kids InfoBits has added several topic...

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries seeks contributing libraries for the Chat with a Librarian service.  Chat with a Librarian (formerly known as Ask Here PA) has been providing 24/7/365 live chat reference since 2006, and this service is a core component of the POWER Library....

Fall 2019 POWER Library Training Dates and Locations are now available! September 17 – Crowne Plaza (King of Prussia) September 18 – Ephrata Public Library September 19 – Bucks County IU22 (Doylestown) September 24 – Appalachia – IU 8 (Altoona) September...