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The National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) The Big Read, established in 2016, supports Americans reading and discussing a single book within their communities.  Local governments, libraries, school districts, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations are encouraged...

The Internet2 2020 Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP) offers schools and libraries the opportunity to engage in live interactive video discussions with presidential historians and national park rangers and use primary source documents to understand our nation’s presidents....

Provide opportunities for the girls in your community and offer a Girls Who Code Club! Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE after-school programs for 3rd-12th grade girls, run by community leaders, teachers, librarians, and parents.  Many facilitators have no technical experience...

Learning About Learning Circles: Facilitator Training with Nico Koenig from P2PU Date:  October 28th, 1-4:30pm Location:  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, South Wing Reading Room, CLP – Main (Oakland), 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213 Speaker: Nico Koenig, Peer 2 Peer University’s community...

WebJunction’s free, online course catalog has 55 self-paced courses on library topics, as well as over 260 curated webinar recordings ready and available when you are. AND WebJunction courses and webinars provide CE Hours for library staff in PA libraries!  Explore the catalog...

Apollo 50

NASA: On to Mars! A Modern Space Race to Fire Imaginations Bristol, PA – Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer of the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute, and a crowd of over 200 were on hand Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Bristol Borough’s Snyder-Girotti Elementary School discussing...

Music and Multimedia Camp

  The Millvale Community Library makerspace is a vibrant place full of Maker camp activities this summer. Our free Maker camps include: art camp, music camp, fashion camp, Riverfront and environmental camp, space camp, and pottery camp. ( There are 10 slots available for each...

open house

    The North Trails Public Library, in West Sunbury, held an open house on June 22, 2019.  The celebration was to honor Ron and Carol Caporali for sponsoring a 25’x25′ addition to the library. With the new addition, the library is able to offer year round...

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...

June 19, 2019 Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania students ages 10-16 with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can expand their learning through the State Library’s makerspace summer programs, which kick off today and run through mid-August. “The State...