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Mystery Dinner

Posted By Linda Wilson, Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 717-766-0171, lwilson@ccpa.net, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015

Library Type

Public

Description

Staff and volunteers perform a mystery skit in 4 scenes. Between the scenes the teens have appetizers, the main course (pizza), and dessert. During dessert the teens mark on a paper who they think was the murderer and all is revealed in the final scene.

Tags:  Basic  Teens 

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The Five Literacies in Action

Posted By Margaret Deitzer, Head Reference Department, Peters Township Public Library, mdeitzer@ptlibrary.org , Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

$75.00 library; $50.00 League of Women Voters Washington County

Partnership

Planning Committee included Judith Hughes and Jean Spoeri from the League of Women Voters, Brian Schill, Executive Director, Peters Township Chamber of Commerce, Pier Lee, Director, Peters Township Public Library and Margaret Deitzer, Head Reference, Peters Township Public Library

Description

The program included library users who shared their stories of how the library has improved their lives in the 5 literacy areas. Civic and Social were presented by 2 different speakers. An overview of PA Forward was presented first. The speakers were as follows:
Basic - Mother whose children attended preschool story time and summer reading and are above grade level on their reading scores
Health - Woman caring for her aging mother-in-law who attends a caregivers support group at the library. She also used the library resources to start her own business that supports care giving needs in the area
Civic - Homeschooling family talked about using the libraries resources, programs and computers for curriculum needs
Social - Library user who lost her job is volunteering her time to be out with people and give back to her community
Information - Older couple attended tech training classes and tutoring offered by the library to learn to use a computer. Now use the computer for email, making travel plans, checking their investments
Financial - Retired city planner now working as a consultant uses library statistical information for small business development and grant writing
All stories were memorable and provided concrete examples of how libraries influence literacy skills in a wide variety of areas. The attendees included the 3 county commissioners (we have a dedicated library tax), a school superintendent, a representative from Senator Toomey's office, library trustees, and key staff. It lasted one hour. The table centerpieces were books from our used book sale covered in white paper with the literacy book spine graphics attached. The written program that listed the presenters also included a list of programs and services offered by each library that supports each literacy. PA Forward Toolbox was used for all graphics.

Tags:  Adults  Basic  Civic & Social  Financial  Health  Information 

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Archive of European Integration (AEI)

Posted By Jennifer Chan, Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, University Library System, Universi, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Academic

Description

The Archive of European Integration (AEI) is an electronic repository and archive for research materials on the topic of European integration and unification. The AEI collects two types of materials: certain types of independently-produced research materials and official European Community/European Union documents. Materials submitted deal with some aspect of European integration or unification in the 20th and 21st centuries, under two main categories: the gradual resumption of normal relations between countries of West and East Europe due to the elimination of the barriers constructed during the Cold War and the integration movement in West Europe which produced the European Community (now European Union). site url: http://aei.pitt.edu/
Aims to be the primary resource for European Union documents in the Western Hemisphere.

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Backyard Chickens

Posted By Barbara Tosiano, Dillsburg Area Public Library, 717-432-5613 btosiano@yorklibraries.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Partnership

York County Office of Penn State Agricultural County Extension

Description

Throughout the country, many families are keeping small flocks of chickens as pets and as a source of local eggs. Learn about the nutritional and environmental benefits of keeping a small backyard flock. An educator from the York County Agricultural Extension Office will give an overview of the selection, feeding, housing, care, and maintenance of backyard chickens

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Banned Book Week Read Aloud

Posted By Hilary Westgate, Bevevino Library, Misericordia University, hwestgat@misericordia.edu, 570-674-6392, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Academic

Description

For Banned Books Week 2013, two librarians planned a Banned Books Week Read-Aloud event for students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., we had students, faculty, and staff read passages from Banned Books of their choosing, for 3 to 7 minutes each (more or less). The event took place in a first-floor soft-seating area with couches, so that campus community members could stop by to watch and listen as they entered or left the library. Faculty members in the English department participated and also brought their classes to the event. Most readers signed up with a librarian before the event, but we also had readers who joined in to read during breaks in the schedule of presenters. We had tea, coffee, and snacks (baked goods) for readers and attendees, and we gave away ALA Banned Books Week bookmarks, pins, posters, and flyers. We put up posters for the event around campus, and we also posted announcements on the Library Club's Facebook page and on the Facebook page for the university. To go along with the event, we created a month-long display on the first floor of the library, close to where the event was held, with books that have been challenged or banned, along with the reasons for the challenges or bans.

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Basic Financial Literacy for College Students

Posted By Debbie Malone, DeSales University, debbie.malone@desales.edu 610.282.1100 x 1253, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Academic

Partnership

Citizen's Bank, Kutztown Branch and the PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants, plus the DeSales Student Life Office and the DeSales Office of Financial Aid.

Description

We contacted two of the PA Forward financial literacy partners who provide speakers, the PA Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Citizens Bank. On September 4, we had a session on "Good Debt vs. Bad Debt." We partnered with our student life office and had 48 people in attendance, a very good turnout for us. We have another session scheduled for September 18 on "Preventing Identity Theft," and we will again partner with the student life office. Our director of financial aid attended the September 4 workshop, and she has agreed to do a session in October on handling Federal Direct Student Loans. That represents another new collaboration for us. Two of our business faculty members have contacted me about partnering with them on other financial sessions and projects because they are interested in what we are doing.
You should contact the PA Forward financial literacy partners a least a month before you want to schedule an event. It takes awhile for the partner contact person to locate a volunteer in your area.

Tags:  Adults  Financial  Teens 

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General Library Research Tutorial

Posted By Linda Neyer, Bloomsburg University, Andruss Library, 570-389-4801, lneyer@bloomu.edu, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Academic

Description

1. It's very easy to use our tutorial (or others) as a template with LibGuides software. Just ask us for permission if you want to use ours, so that we can track you on our Google Map!
2. Also check out other tutorials in PRIMO or MERLOT, which have lots of content under Creative Commons licensing. It all depends on what learning outcomes you want to address.
3. Spend time in your tutorial on orienting your users to your unique physical space and website. Consider making a short YouTube video tour which can be embedded in LibGuides. You'll also want to take photos of your library and upload those. If you use our images for non-library specific content, just remember to save those first into your own instance of LibGuides!
We were selected for ACRL's PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online Database) in 2009. An article about the development of our General Library Research Tutorial was published in the July/August 2010 issue of "College & Research Libraries News." Since then, over 25 libraries from around the world have contacted us to use our tutorial.

Tags:  Adults  Information 

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Book Chat

Posted By Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Township Library, 610 -205-8548, khelicher@mclinc.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

No direct cost to the library, UMGA-TV pays for the filming and production. Indirect costs to the library are the 4-5 hours preparation needed for each show.

Partnership

UMGA-TV tapes and edits each show. Other library staff and township staff have hosted shows.

Description

Since 2002, more than 200 "Book Chats" have been aired on UMGA-TV and have been hosted by Karl Helicher. Book Chat is a half-hour author interview program, one of the few in the country that is directly affiliated with a public library. Each program is viewed by approximately 1,500 township residents and is now video streamed on the Internet.
Guests have included journalists, local television personalites, entertainers, academics, children's authors, chefs, a variety of experts in their fields, and one former president of the Long Island Chapter of a notorious motorcycle club. Over the years, excellent partnerships have been established with Temple University Press, the University of Pennsylvania Press, DeCapo Books, several smaller independent presses, and a few of the large mainstream presses. They graciously send their local and regional authors to appear on Book Chat.
Each program is aired on four consecutive nights about a month after it is taped then placed in a rotation, so viewers have many opportunities to watch each show. Very few libraries are as fortunate to have a TV studio across the hall, so the partnership between the library and UMGA-TV has been an enduring and successful one.
I have committed so much of my time gladly to Book Chat, as I know that every librarian would, if they could offer their community author programs twice each month that attract an audience of more than 1,000 people. I am grateful for the support of Upper Merion Township and UMGA-TV for making Book Chat a success. I know of few other ways in which modern techology has advanced the cause of printed books and civic learning on a local level.

Tags:  Adults  Civic & Social  Information 

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Book Discussion Kits

Posted By Kristina Yezdimer, Schlow Centre Region Library, kyezdimer@schlowlibrary.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Library purchased kit bags, books are donations, or extra copies removed from circulation

Description

Book Discussion Kits are created and made available for the public and can be requested by other libraries in the state. Checkout loan period is 6 weeks with 6-8 copies per kit.

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Books that Shaped America

Posted By Mary Lou Repsher & Christine Goch, Cambria County Library, 814-536-5131, repsherml@cclsys.org, Thursday, September 24, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

None, unless you chose to serve refreshments

Description

The Library of Congress has compiled a list of books that shaped America, everything from "The Cat in the Hat" to "Catcher in the Rye" to "The Joy of Cooking." The list is intended to spark a national conversation on books that have influenced the lives of Americans.
We decided to offer our patrons the chance to discuss the books on the list by displaying many of them in the library's lobby. In each book was a note explaining why it was included on the list. Librarians were on hand to spark informal conversation. We made a handout of the list, identifying the program as a PA Forward event. We also put up a banner with similar information.
We interlibrary loaned a copy of a cookbook on the list, "American Cookery," published in Hartford, Connecticut in the spring of 1796, the first cookbook of American authorship. This book was given a special part of the display.
Cambria County Library owns a popcorn machine and we offered a small bag of popcorn to those who stopped. This was the only expense involved.
We had the display up for several hours during a Monday evening, encouraging patrons to simply stop by and chat. About 50 people took the time to stop. Many offered suggestions of books that they thought should be on the list or talked about one of the books which was a favorite of theirs.
The list is on the Library of Congress's website: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/books-that-shaped-america/
The info about why each book was included on the list is also on the website.

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