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Active Learning Workshop on Gamification at PSU

Posted By Lori Lysiak, Friday, July 11, 2014

The Penn State University Library in State College hosted the annual Juniata-Conemaugh Chapter’s Spring Workshop on May 15. Janis Stubbs, PaLA President; Kathy Silks, PaLA PA Forward Project Manager; and Glenn Miller, PaLA Executive Director, welcomed attendees and spoke on PaLA initiatives.

Tracy Carey, Centre County Library and Historical Museum, was presented the Exceptional Service Award by PSU’s Lori Lysiak, Chapter Chair, for spearheading the CrowdCourse initiative and for furthering library relevance in online learning. Other business included Chapter approval of sponsoring Diane Schmidt, Schlow Centre Region Library, to attend the 2014 PALS workshop. The Social Committee is hosting a sustainable winery tour and sampling of products at the Happy Valley Winery in State College on August 30 at noon. The tour for adult members and their spouses/significant others costs $10 per person. (Finger foods and water will be provided.) Please RSVP to committee co-chairs Sherry Roth, email: or Barb Woods, email: by Friday, August 22.

Brian Mayer, gaming and technology specialist for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, presented an active learning exploration into gamification in libraries. Participants learned how to:

*Assess and critique game design and maker opportunities that best fit their needs

*Create information literacy based-curricular support through games

*Design and apply gamification or gaming in their libraries


Contributed by Lori Lysiak, Library Services to the World Campus/Penn State Online.

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Tour the New Palmyra Public Library

Posted By Karla J. Trout, Friday, February 28, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Palmyra Public Library has a new home, and you can take a video tour with me as your personal guide!

Our library has been in the Palmyra municipal building for 40 years, but it is constructing a new building that does not include space for a library. The library will one day build a new 20,000-square-foot building on borough land next to the new municipal building, but until the, we needed to find a temporary space.

Come visit us at our new location at 50 Landings Drive in South Londonderry Township, which is about 2 miles south of our former location.

Read more about the efforts it took to move the library, and enjoy the video tour!

Tags:  new library  tour 

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Storytelling Skills for More Effective Communication

Posted By Ellen Wharton, Thursday, November 14, 2013

A free workshop funded by the

Penn State University Libraries Innovation Microgrant Program

Monday, November 25, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

(Registration: 9:30 a.m. to 9:59 a.m.)
Penn State Hazleton - Hazleton, PA 18202

Evelyn Graham Academic Building


Registration deadline is Friday, November 8th. Space is limited, so please register early. To register, complete the form at

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National Book Festival Bus Trip

Posted By Tara Major, Monday, August 19, 2013

The Hershey Public Library has reserved a bus for a trip on Saturday, September 21 to Washington D.C. for the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

All seats are not yet taken, so library staff and guests from the South Central Chapter of PaLA are invited to attend. The cost is $35 per person.  Reservations accompanied by payment will get first priority.

Please send reservation information (name and phone # or e-mail) and checks to Barbara  S. Ellis at Hershey Public Library.  Checks are to be made out to Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

Deadline for reservation and payment is August 30.

Contact Information:

Barb Ellis

Director of Library Services

Hershey Public Library

701 Cocoa AveHershey, PA, 17033

717-533-6555  ext 3715

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Discover Earth at the Ephrata Public Library (May-July, 2013)

Posted By Penny Talbert, Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Discover Earth exhibit will be on-site at the Ephrata Public Library in May, June and July of 2013. The public opening will take place at the library on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

The traveling exhibit, which is visiting ten libraries throughout the U.S., is part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute. Exhibit partners include the American Library Association, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the National Girls Collaborative Project. Discover Earth is supported through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The exhibition features an 18-inch-diameter Magic PlanetTM globe and a 42-inch multi-touch table computer. The exhibit pieces incorporate personal narratives, stunning graphics, video, animations, weather artifacts, animal specimens, and simulation-based educational games. Each host library receives a real-time digital weather station that will collect data and show how local temperature, pressure, and precipitation change during the time the exhibition stays at the library. The traveling exhibit will allow library patrons to understand how Earth's global environment changes - and is changed by - the local environment of all exhibition host communities.

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Summer Concerts on the Lawn at Fredricksen (Camp Hill)

Posted By Carolyn Blatchley, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill features Summer Concerts on the Lawn


Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra
June 20, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra kicks off the 2013 Summer Concerts on the Lawn with a dynamic evening as they bring a touch of the Caribbean to the Fredricksen Library. This stunning group, named Baltimore's official steel drum band, are masters of the steel drum. Their vivacious tropical music rounds out a lively show for all ages.


Greater Harrisburg Concert Band   
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:00pm  

Come and join The Greater Harrisburg Concert Band in an evening of praise and gladness in the tradition of the American town band. The Greater Harrisburg Concert Band has been delighting audiences of all ages since 1983 with many of the area's very best musicians united in one outstanding ensemble. Dr. William Stowman - a highly accomplished educator, conductor, trumpet player and the band's Director - will also keep you engaged as he delivers his unique blend of knowledge and wit to the audience. The Greater Harrisburg Concert Band consists of expert musicians of all ages - from gifted high school students to the numerous professional musicians that live right here in the Greater Harrisburg Area!


Ben Mauger's Dixieland Band
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 7:00pm

Is there anything better than a Dixieland band? The answer is yes - a GREAT Dixieland band and we have just the one for you! Ben Mauger's Dixieland Band ends this year's Concerts on the Lawn with a toe-tapping, head-bopping night of great music. Beginning in New Orleans, Dixieland music spread across the country and gave us great standards like "When the Saints Go Marching In."

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