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PA Library Association Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, 17 hours ago
Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
The Pennsylvania Library Association is closed Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, May 28 at 8:30 a.m. 

Tags:  Memorial Day  Office Closing 

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PA Forward Information Literacy Summit Registration Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Where will you be July 15? Join us for the 2019 PA Library Association's PA Forward Information Literacy Summit! For registration details, visit

Tags:  Information Literacy  PA Forward  Summit 

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Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Please see the below from our connection at Girls Who Code: 




Girls Who Code would like to start more free Clubs in PA! Please share this message with any schools, libraries, universities or non-profits who might like to start a Club!


Girls Who Code is a leading national non-profit with the mission to close the gender gap in technology. We have 6.500 Clubs, over 250 of them in PA. My role is to help start new Clubs in PA and NJ. I run a Club in NJ too. There is no cost to run a Club and we offer $300 in grant funding per Club per semester that can be used for snacks and other items!


Our Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs where 3rd-12th grade girls join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models while using computer science to impact their communities. They’ll also practice being brave and resilient -- which has enormous say in how they approach challenges and whether they’ll stick with coding in the years to come.


Here are some resources for your reference, and that you can share out with your network:

·  Clubs Information Flyer: A great overview of our Clubs programs and how we support you

·  3rd-5th Grade Getting Started/Sample Curriculum: Take a peek! We provide free books to our 3-5 grade Clubs.

·  6th-12th Grade Curriculum: You can check out this curriculum by following the instructions below. It’s a quick, non-binding process that lets you interact more with our online platform.

1. Visit our online learning platform, Girls Who Code HQ

2. Create an HQ Account by clicking “Sign Up” and indicating “I want to start a club or I want to volunteer for a club.” (Please note that this brings you to our curriculum preview page, and does not require you to submit a Clubs Application!)

3. You can click on different icons to learn more about our 6th-12th grade Clubs and view a sample of our 6th-12th grade curriculum


If you are interested in starting a Girls Who Code Club, you can apply here. It only takes about 10 minutes! To start a Club you only need: space at a nonprofit location with internet access and computers (for 6th-12th grade), and an adult Facilitator. (And remember, Clubs are led by Facilitators from any background or field--many Facilitators have NO technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members!)


If you are interested in potentially starting two or more Clubs, check out our information about how we work with Clubs Community Partners - including how to obtain additional funding and benefits! Please reach out to me if you would like more information or would like to have a call about a partnership. 


Questions? Contact Eve Balick at

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Clubs  Eve Balick  Girls Who Code  Information Literacy  PA Forward 

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Call for Posters & Lightning Talks -- Hurry, May 15 Deadline!

Posted By Kimberly Snyder Wise, Friday, May 10, 2019

This year's conference, Shine On!  will include poster presentations and lightning talks among the educational offerings.  Both provide a forum for library professionals to share their successful ideas or innovations with colleagues without doing a formal presentation.  Poster and Lightning Talk FAQs

All proposal submissions must be made via the online submission form, and the deadline to submit is Wednesday, May 15, 2019

We invite you to join us Sunday, October 13 - Wednesday, October 16 at the Bayfront Convention Center located on Lake Erie's beautiful Presque Isle Bay to shine about your library's latest programs and innovations! 


Tags:  #pala2019  conference  Lightning Talks 

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Choosing Leadership Workshop Registration Open

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Choosing Leadership -- 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 ensure 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,

Tags:  Choosing Leadership  One-Day Academy  PALS 

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PARTNER NEWS: NNLM excited to offer program-in-a-box that explores DNA and space!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, April 8, 2019

Please see the below from our PA Forward partners at NNLM/MAR: 

We are pleased to announce an amazing kit that is available free to libraries to assist with summer library programming. 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, is here to help with your summer health programming! As partners of the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s A Universe of Stories, we are excited to offer a program-in-a-box that explores DNA and space! This kit is available only to NNLM members in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Pennsylvania. Programs in this kit are designed for kids and teens, but can be adapted to any audience.

The Exploring Genetics with Kids and Teens Kit includes:

  • 3 Storytime Books: The Baby Biochemist: DNAMousetronaut, and Goodnight Lab: A Scientific Parody
  • 1 copy of Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library
  • Lesson plans for modeling DNA with candy and making DNA sequence bracelets.
  • Program supplies: pipe cleaners, tooth picks, and beads
  • Brochures to connect patrons to reliable sources of health information
  • Information about the All of Us Research Program

Each NNLM MAR member organization may order one kit. The deadline to order is April 30, 2019. Kits will be mailed by May 24, 2019.

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

Tags:  DNA  Health Literacy  NNLM/MAR  Program-In-A-Box  Space 

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Celebrating National Library Week by Honoring Newest PA Forward Star Libraries!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, April 8, 2019


Annual observance reminds everyone what libraries provide communities; Star Library Awards announced, recognizing achievements earned Dec. 16, 2018 through March 31, 2019

Mechanicsburg, PA (April 8, 2019) The Pennsylvania Library Association just announced the 2019 first quarter PA Forward Star Library awardees. More than 40 libraries from throughout the state earned their star status and are being recognized by the Association for their efforts to provide patrons with literacy-aligned programs and resources.  


“We continue to be in awe of the work of our libraries and all they are doing to help residents,” said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director. “The PA Forward Star Library acknowledgement shows these libraries have made intentional investments in literacy programming. Whether they have connected individuals with resources about caring for loved ones, or helped people understand the importance of the census, they are providing more than books to check-out. They are educating and investing in the people they connect with. These individuals then turn around and make direct investments in their overall communities. Libraries should be highlighted for those efforts, not just during National Library Week and not just through our PA Forward Star Library awards, but by everyone every day. Because they are changing lives, every day.”  

To read the full release, visit to all of our PA Forward Star Libraries!

Tags:  National Library Week  NLW2019  PA Forward  Star Libraries 

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First Quarter Star Library Awards Being Distributed Soon

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We just wrapped up the first quarter of 2019 and that means we're preparing #PAForward #StarLibrary awards! Libraries that achieved any level of star status between December 16 and March 31 will receive their official awards in the coming days. We take the first few days of the next quarter (every time) to do final checks on submissions and ensure all star awards are up-to-date. So for libraries that made any achievements between mid-December and March 31 AND successfully submitted for your star(s) via the Star website, you will receive your official award in the next few days. Awards are made for the highest level earned at the time of the award period.

For anyone interested in a comprehensive listing of PA Forward Star Libraries, visit Official awards will continue to be made on a quarterly basis. If anyone has any questions about the program, please send an email to

Congrats to all of our #StarLibraries!


Tags:  Awards  Basic Literacy  Civic Literacy  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy  Information Literacy  PA Forward  Social Literacy  Star Library 

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Call for Nominations for Humanities in Action Award

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Dear Pennsylvania Library Association Member,

The Pennsylvania Library Association Best Practices Committee is excited to partner with the Pennsylvania Humanities Council in presenting the Humanities in Action Award, created to spotlight and honor library programs for youth ages 12-18 that effectively use the humanities as a tool for positive youth development. We are seeking nominations for humanities-based youth programs that:

  • Build skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, literacy and leadership;
  • Guide youth in socio-emotional learning and support them as they begin to discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to relate to other people; and
  • Promote youth voice and compel youth to take action to create positive change in their communities.

The Humanities in Action Award will be presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Library Association, as one of its Best Practices Awards. Any Pennsylvania-based, youth library program is encouraged to apply.  


The honor includes a $500 monetary gift.


For more information and to download the application, visit 


Thank you for your participation!


The deadline to submit the application is April 30, 2019. Winners will be notified in May.





George Matthew; Chair Best Practices Committee

Committee Members:  Elaine Volpe, Ann Duffy, Jennifer Roberts, Catherine Stewart, Heather Weleski

Karl Rebon; Chair Youth Services Division


Tags:  Best Practices Awards  Humanities in Action Award  PA Humanities Council 

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PA House of Representatives Passes Resolution Proclaiming National Library Week 2019 in Pennsylvania

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has adopted House Resolution 33, recognizing April 7-13, 2019 as #NationalLibraryWeek in Pennsylvania! The resolution was sponsored by Representative Readshaw. Thank you to the House members for passing this resolution!

To access the full resolution, visit

We truly appreciate the support at the state level. Thank you for your efforts to get support in each of your counties. Please remember to share your photos of you, your County Commissioners and copies of the proclamations 

Tags:  National Library Week  National Library Week 2019  NLW  Pennsylvania House of Representatives 

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