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On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, I am very pleased to announce that the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL) is now accepting applications for its 2020 Keystone Grants for Public Libraries program. The Keystone grant program provides funds to sponsoring municipalities...

Read about the renovations at the Paoli Library! ...

Hershey Public Library

  Major renovations were finished at the beginning of June at the Hershey Public Library. Renovations were funded by the Hershey Library Endowment Trust. The Circulation desk was completely rebuilt, and includes a total refurbishment of the discharge room, and brand new staff...

Library Journal will select up to 10 buildings, completed between between January 2016 and March 1, 2019 that demonstrate excellence in (1) community engagement in design, (2) sustainability, (3) functionality, (4) innovation, and (5) beauty and delight. Projects to be considered...

Due to pending renovations to the Forum Building, the State Library of Pennsylvania will close on June 1, 2019 and reopen on July 1, 2019 at its temporary Capitol Campus location at the Keystone Building.  We expect to be at this location for the next two (or more) years until...

Read about the Teen Center at Blasco Library in Erie! ...

Keystone Webinar Recording Available If your library is considering applying for a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities in 2019, and you were unable to attend an in-person or webinar workshop offered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, you can view a recording of the...

If your library is considering applying for a Keystone Grant for Public Library Facilities in 2019, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries encourages you to attend one of the workshops being offered in January 2019 at various locations around the state. Ed Lupico, Keystone Advisor...

FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program Grants are offered for Pre-Incident Planning (computer software programs, laptops), Fire Prevention Education/Training (community outreach initiatives, workshops, publications), and Arson Prevention/Fire Investigation (juvenile fire...

Greg Pilotti

June 27, 2018—When officials of the Columbia Public Library launched the renovation and new addition of the library, they anticipated that the completed project would be a real treasure for the community.  With the upcoming grand opening of the new library, their anticipation...