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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...

In 2016, one-hundred and thirteen million people attended 5.2 million programs!  Read the Public Libraries Survey report, released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and discover data on public libraries’ resources, staffing, services and more.  Read more. ...

Read about Carnegie Library of McKeesport‘s Wash and Learn Library! ...

June 7, 2019 Harrisburg, PA – Middle school teachers from the Carlisle Area School District kicked off their summer today by visiting the State Library’s Makerspace to experience the computer science and STEM-related activities the hands-on learning lab offers and to generate...

June 4, 2019 – The Manheim Township Public Library will hold a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of their new “Children’s Discovery Patio.”  The public is invited to attend the event that will take place on Saturday, June 22, 12:00 noon at the Library,...

Great Stories Club Grants on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Learn  about the American Library Association’s Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT), a thematic reading and discussion program that engages underserved teens...