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Scare-A-Thon

Posted By Alexis Neapolitan, Reference, Hazleton Area Pub. Lib., 570-454-2961, aneapolitan@hazletonlibrary.org, Monday, November 6, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Free

Description

An annual event, the SCARE-A-THON features two scary films, Bobbing for Apples, Halloween Bingo, Candy Corn Bowling, and Scary Photo Op with local artist and graphic novelist, David Corrado. Participants are encouraged to come in costume.

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Helpful Hint

Posted By Dorene Miller, Director, Penn Area Library, 724-744-4414, dmiller@pennlib.org , Monday, November 6, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Cost of Avery address labels

Description

I attended the PA Forward Star Libraries Program training at the PaLA conference, at which I mentioned that I sometimes forget to include the literacy logos in our publications. Instead of discarding the materials, I created logo labels to affix to the brochure or flyer. I used Avery return address labels #5267, but the Avery address labels #5260 can be used if a larger logo is needed. I hope this is a helpful hint for my colleagues!

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The Vietnam War Program Series

Posted By Dorene Miller, Director, Penn Area Library, 724-744-4414, dmiller@pennlib.org , Friday, October 27, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

$600; funded by library's programming budget

Partnership

Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County; White Oak Vet Center; and Time-Line Enterprises

Description

Penn Area Library was one of 50 libraries selected by the American Library Association and PBS to receive the Ken Burns documentary "The Vietnam War (including screening right)," the companion book by Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns, and a programming kit. The grant required the library to conduct at least one Vietnam War related program by December 31, 2017. In addition to weekly episode screenings of the documentary from September 22 thru December 1, Penn Area Library provided these programs: National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony with a Missing Man Table (September 15); Vietnam War Exhibit (September 18); Human Library with the Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County (October 23); and a discussion of David Maraniss' 2004 book "They Marched Into Sunlight" (November 6). The programs were highly publicized through several newspaper articles, including a video of a veteran and his pen-and-ink artwork, social media, the library's website, brochures, and posters. To ensure the success of the program series, I began attending the VVWC meetings in July and spoke at length about the ALA grant and the PA Forward Star Library Program. I met the Time-Line Enterprises volunteers by stopping at their Vietnam War display at a local festival, and booked an exhibit soon thereafter. A local high school history teacher learned about our Vietnam War Exhibit, and brought his class to the library for a field trip. Before our first program on September 15, the director of the White Oak Vet Center contacted me to offer counselors for each of our events, which I gladly accepted. Our Vietnam War programs have been well-attended and have initiated conversations about this controversial war that divided our nation for so long. If another library is interested in offering similar programs, I would recommends forming partnerships with Vietnam War veterans' groups well in advance, in order to form personal connection with the veterans and gain their trust and confidence in regard to their participation in war-related events. I did not anticipate the potential emotional impact that the programs might have upon the veterans and attendees, so I am fortunate that the White Oak Vet Center reached out to me. Along with our program attendees, I have learned a great deal about the history of Vietnam and what really happened during the war and the protests back home.

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Fall Story Time

Posted By Jill Hambley, Director, Prospect Community Library, Monday, October 23, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Free

Description

All story times include stories, finger plays, songs, and crafts with an overall emphasis on early literacy.

Tags:  Basic  Children 

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Gerrymandering and You

Posted By Amy Riegner, Director, Monongahela Area Public Library, 7242585409, ariegner@washlibs.org , Thursday, October 12, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

0

Partnership

Fair Districts PA

Description

Join us for an evening of discussion and questions about the important hot button issue of gerrymandering. Learn how gerrymandering affects your life and your community. The event is hosted by Fair Districts PA, a non-partisan group.

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Affordable Care Act Information Session

Posted By Susan Sentz, Director, Northampton Area Public Library, ssentz@northamptonapl.org , Monday, October 9, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

0.00

Partnership

We host a volunteer Appraise counselor.

Description

The presentation will give an overview of public programs in health insurance. While the primary focus will be on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), other programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP will be touched upon as they relate to the ACA.
Topics covered include:
- Public health insurance programs overview (eligibility, parameters, resources and help)
- Basic health insurance concepts and terminology: pre-existing conditions, essential minimum benefits, copay, coinsurance, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum, managed care, etc.
- Enrolllment process
- Plan comparison
- Tools on website (search, provider directory).

With the ever changing dynamics of public health care we find this program to helpful to our community. We run this program every year in October before open enrollment begins. 

Tags:  Adults  Health 

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1918 Flu Epidemic Hits Scottdale PA and Flu Clinic 

Posted By Patricia Miller, Director, Scottdale Public Library, 724-887-6140, patti.miller@wlnonline.org , Monday, September 25, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

0.00

Partnership

Westmoreland County Community College and Part 2 Flu Shot Clinic - Rite Aid Pharmacy 

Description

We hosted a program in partnership with our District Library Center, WCFLS and the Westmoreland County Community College entitled the 1918 Flu Epidemic Hits Scottdale, PA. Our Speaker was doing research on Westmoreland County and we exspanded the program to be specifically geared to our town, Scottdale Pennsylvania. We researched the available microfilm from the State library and found that the former YMCA which was the exact site of the library was an emergency hospital for victims of the 1918 Spanish influenza. To follow up on this informative program we held a flu shot clinic at the library in partnership with Rite Aid Pharmacy. 

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Sprouting Readers 

Posted By Jessica Ford Cameron, Director, Bellwood Antis PL, 8147428234, bellwood.antispubliclibrary@gmail.com, Friday, September 15, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

$250 donated by local Kiwanis 

Partnership

Bellwood Antis School District 

Description

Sprouting Readers is our evening story time program for children 5-10. Local teachers volunteer to read, perform music, and do crafts with children who attend. Families are encouraged to take books home to continue the literacy developing skills the program focuses on. 

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Grad Student Boot Camp 

Posted By Marguerite Savidakis-Dunn, STEM Librarian, Shippensburg University Library, mhsavidakisdunn@ship.edu, Friday, September 8, 2017

Library Type

Academic

Cost and Funding

$0 - we used our staff and materials we already had to create the program 

Description

Grad Student Boot Camp is here to help graduate students get up to speed quickly on the tools they’ll need for finding information and completing research successfully. Through this series of workshops and discussion sessions, participants in boot camp will be able to use the latest tools for accessing, manipulating, and storing information that will support their classwork and research. 

Tags:  Adults  Information 

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Fitness, Fun and Photo Walk

Posted By Karen Sourbier, Grove Family Library , Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

0

Description

Meet at Caledonia State Park for a fun fitness walk. Bring your camera along and join in the photo challenge. Tailgate style refreshments will be served after the walk. Then plan to meet again the following week at the library to share the pictures on a large screen! 

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