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PALS - Choosing Leadership One-Day Workshop

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, March 21, 2019

Choosing Leadership

We are pleased to announce the opening of Choosing Leadership, a 2019 Leadership Development Workshop sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS).

If you work in a library, this workshop is for you.

Choosing Leadership is a specially designed one-day workshop for library support staff. Any library staff with a leadership spark or a desire to learn are encouraged to attend.  Students are also welcome. The Pennsylvania Library Association recognizes that we have many library workers with great abilities and we need to insure that we continue to have excellent leadership in our libraries and organization.

WhenSaturday, June 1st , 10:30 am-3:30 pm (registration begins at 10:00 am)

Where: The Best Western Premier: The Central Hotel and Conference Center, 800 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA

Featured Speaker: David Bendekovic / The B. A. David Company /

Cost:  $35 per person

To register, please click here:

Registration will be open from March 15-May 15.

For more information about PALS

If you have any questions regarding Choosing Leadership, please contact:

Angela Buckley, Chair, Choosing Leadership, at

Angie Andre, Vice- Chair, Choosing Leadership, at

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

On behalf of the PALS Leadership Development Committee,

Jessica Miller, 2019 Chair

Rose Chiocchi, 2019 Vice-Chair


Tags:  Academy  Choosing Leadership  Leadership Studies  PALS 

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Want to Get Excited? Read What's in Store for the 2019 Conference in Erie!

Posted By Kimberly Snyder Wise, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Want a sneak peek at what is in store for the 2019 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in Erie?  

With more than 140 session proposals currently under review by our divisions, round tables, and program committee, the conference will include a plethora of top-notch educational sessions.  The challenge will be to narrow down the choices -- Or, better yet, team up with a coworker to tag team the offerings!

In addition to breathtaking views, offered at the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie offers a variety of sites you'll want to check out such as Presque Isle, numerous museums, and of course Erie wine country.

The conference will also feature keynote presentations by Kathy Parry who will give us tips on how to stretch, not snap, when faced with challenge in her Rubber Band Resilient presentation at the Opening Keynote Luncheon.  America's librarian herself, Nancy Pearl, will wrap up the conference with The Pleasures and Perils of a Life of Reading.

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PA Public Library Application for Books to Support CDC Grant Work - 4/1 Deadline

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

From the Compendium:

"The Office of Commonwealth Libraries is working with the Department of Health on a grant from the Center for Disease Control that includes a section on growing healthy kids.  More than 300 childcare providers are part of the initiative and more are added each year.  We would like to ensure that providers and parents have access to a core group of books to share with children." 

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Township Magazine feature on Libraries

Posted By Christi Buker, Thursday, March 14, 2019

We are very pleased to share with you an article in the March edition of the Pennsylvania Township News.

Supporting Local Libraries Helps Townships Create Strong Communities

by Brenda Wilt

Shared with permission from the Pennsylvania Township News, the official monthly magazine of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors. 

You are encouraged to reach out to your local township supervisors and discuss the article and ways to strengthen partnerships with libraries. Let us know if you get feedback!



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HURRY! The Deadline to Submit a Session Proposal for the PaLA Conference is Quickly Approaching!

Posted By Kimberly Snyder Wise, Tuesday, March 12, 2019

HURRY!  The deadline to submit a session proposal for the PA Library Association Conference is 3 PM this Friday, March 15!

Whether a 5-7 minute Lightning Talk or a full-on 75-minute session, we want to hear about your killer library programs, ideas to engage patrons, new innovations, tips for successful board relations, and more!

The 2019 PaLA Conference will take place October 13 - 16, 2019 at the Bayfront Convention Center located on Lake Erie's beautiful Presque Isle Bay.  You won't want to miss it!


Tags:  #PaLA2019  Call for Presenters  Call for Proposals  Conference 

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PaILS Names New Director

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, March 8, 2019
PaILS/SPARK has named a new Executive Director. Visit their website to read the announcement: 

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Member News: Molly Rodgers Honored with Legacy Fund for Wayne County Libraries

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, March 8, 2019

PA Library Association member Molly Rodgers was recently honored with the creation of an endowment fund upon her retirement. Read this article in the Wayne Independent to learn more. Congrats Molly!

Tags:  Legacy Fund  Molly Rodgers  Wayne County Libraries 

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Member News: Chester County Library Receives $10,000 American Dream Literacy Grant

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, March 4, 2019

See the following release issued 3/4/19 by the Chester County Library, a member of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Congratulations! 


Chester County Library Receives $10,000 American Dream Literacy Grant


Media Contact:

March 4, 2019

Amy Krize Suveg, Public Relations Specialist – 610-280-2615

EXTON: The Chester County Library has been selected as one of 16 public libraries nationwide to receive a $10,000 American Dream Literacy Initiative grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The Chester County Library was selected through a competitive, peer-reviewed application process. Nearly 100 public libraries applied for the 16 available grants, according to the ALA Public Programs Office.

The Chester County Library is a close partner with the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (CC-OIC) of West Chester, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free adult basic literacy education and life skills programs that prepare individuals for employment leading to economic self-sufficiency. The Library supports adult literacy through its Adult Graded Reading collection, and by providing office space, computers, supplies and other amenities for the Program Coordinator of the Adult Tutoring Program.  Staff from both organizations worked together to apply for the American Dream Literacy funding which will better enable us to meet the needs of our growing ESL population and continue to support Basic English literacy skills among adults.

With this grant funding, the library will expand and update its literacy collection, offer free workbooks to currently enrolled CC-OIC students, establish a dedicated ESL kiosk with interactive learning features, and support English tutoring pairs in the library with new iPads and other technology.

In addition to new resources, the library has plans to expand the twice-monthly English Conversation Group, coordinated by the Chester County OIC. The conversation groups allow non-native English speakers to come together in a casual environment to practice speaking English. Grant activities will begin in March and conclude in November of 2019.  

The American Dream Literacy Initiative strives to develop tools and resources for libraries and library staff to provide effective literacy services to adult English language learners in their communities and across the country.  Since the program’s inception, more than 200 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

For more information about the Chester County Library visit

The mission of the Chester County and Henrietta Hankin Branch Libraries is to provide informational, educational and cultural services to the residents of Chester County so that they may be lifelong learners.   The Chester County Library is located at 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA.  For hours or more information, visit our website at





Tags:  Adult Literacy  American Dream Foundation  Chester County Library  Grant  Learning  Workforce 

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PA Forward Partner News: Webinar - Preparing Adolescents for Lifetime

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, February 21, 2019

“Preparing Adolescents for a Lifetime of Investing in Their Own Health Care”

Date: March 14, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Register Here

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP)’s Person and Family Engagement Council member Linda Miller will be one of the featured presenters on this state-wide webinar. Linda became passionate about patient advocacy four years ago, upon the death of her father. That illness, along with some unfortunate situations in the hospital, had a profound effect on Linda. As a result, she not only joined HAP’s Council, but also allotted time and energy to the topic of patient advocacy in the classroom where she is a high school health teacher. Linda developed a core health topic for her 10th grade students with a hope to change the way we educate our youth as it pertains to their self-care and communications with health care professionals.

In addition to Linda, the webinar will include two individuals from the Adolescent Health Initiative at Michigan Medicine, which is an affiliate of the University of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Community Health. These individuals help to run a program designed to empower youth to actively participate in their own health care for lifelong engagement in the health system.

The one hour webinar is appropriate for anyone interested in patient engagement and teaching others how to take an active role in their care. It is offered at no cost and a certificate of attendance will be provided.



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PA Library Association - 2/20/19 office on virtual status

Posted By Christi Buker, Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Due to winter weather, the PA Library Association office will be on virtual operations on Wednesday, February 20.  Staff may be reached via email.  Thank you for your understanding of our limited operations during this time.

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