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By: Susan Sentz Many communities have seen escape rooms pop up as a new recreational activity. The premise is pretty simple; find the clues, decipher the puzzles, and break out of the room. With the popularity of escape rooms, many libraries have begun putting them on for their...

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By: Susan Sentz One of my favorite parts of being a librarian is being able to connect with others over a shared interest. This can be through discussion about a new book, movie or my favorite topic Harry Potter.  The purpose of Harry Potter Book Night is to pass the magic of...

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  By: Susan Sentz We view our libraries as community centers, providing much needed services to our patrons. During the holiday season many libraries go beyond the typical library services to serve their communities in nontraditional ways.  A great way to help give back this...

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By: Susan Sentz As librarians we all know that libraries are so much more than a repository for books.  We are a community center that lends items, holds programs and offers technology to just name a few of our worthy services. When I find myself talking to someone who has not...

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  By: Susan Sentz September is a busy month for libraries with Library Card Signup Month, Banned Books Week and many other month related promotions. With so much going on it is hard to program for everything and other worthy observance month topics get lost along the way....

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By: Susan Sentz Looking for something different to hold at your library? Why not make it a club? Book clubs are a great program for your library to get patrons coming back each month; so it’s time to capitalize on this by creating other clubs for patrons to keep them coming back...

Jasmine Woodson

  by Jasmine Woodson, Education & Learning Design Librarian, Library and Technology Services Lehigh University In June of this year, 15 librarians gathered in a Harrisburg conference center over three and a half days as participants in PaLA’s Pennsylvania Academy of...