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Cover of the book Coyotes in the Pasture and Wolves at the Door: Stories and Recipes from Our Farm to Your Table

  DATE:  June 9, 2021 12:00pm to 1:00pm (EST) Join us as we discuss the 2020 IPPY Award Winning book Coyotes in the Pasture and Wolves at the Door: Stories and Recipes from Our Farm to Your Table. In 1985, Sukey and John Jamison started a farm business with two mortgages,...

Let’s Talk Beer! with author Alison Feeney Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12PM to 1PM (EST) Cost: free It’s no secret – Pennsylvania loves beer; the state ranks first in the nation for the number of barrels produced, and the state’s brewers, breweries, and...

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  The 18th Century Book Wednesday, April 21, 2021 12PM to 1 PM Cost: FREE       This presentation gives an overview of the 18th-century book in America from British imports to American-printed works and the role of the printer, bookbinder, and bookseller....

Cover of the book The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

Join us to meet and chat with international best-selling author Phaedra Patrick as she discusses her work, “The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper.” Learn more about the book, which is the selection of the One Book One Community regional reading program chosen by libraries in...

Digging Up Your Roots: Finding Your Family History March 4, 2021 from noon – 1pm Join Amy and Kathy, expert librarians at the State Library of Pennsylvania with over 15 years of genealogy experience, for a free, live Zoom event. This workshop is for adults who would like to learn...

November 9, 2020  Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced the State Library of Pennsylvania was named one of the best genealogical websites in the country by Family Tree Magazine. “Exploring lineage allows us to better understand the diverse...

This is the cover of the book Out in Central Pennsylvania

  Meet the authors as they discuss and read selected passages by attending a virtual author event via Zoom on Thursday August 20 from noon to 1 PM, hosted by the State Library of Pennsylvania! About the book: Out in Central Pennsylvania: The History of an LGBTQ Community,...

Michael Lear

What Makes a Book Rare? By Michael Lear, Rare Collections Librarian State Library of Pennsylvania Libraries with rare or special collections may be asked: what makes a book “rare” or valuable? Probably the most often thought of factor by is that a book is old. This is sometimes...

Michael Lear

      by Michael Lear, Rare Collections Librarian State Library of Pennsylvania Identification of photographs Identifying the type of photograph(s) that you have helps to date an image and can be key to determining the best handling and storage conditions. Some...

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The State Library knows that exploring your family history is a popular pastime. African American genealogy can be tricky and may require some special advice. Join the conversation with special guest Adrienne Whaley, President of the Philadelphia African American Genealogy Group! GET...