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PaLA Office Closed Monday, January 21

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, January 18, 2019
Monday, January 21: The Pennsylvania Library Association is closed in observance of the MLK holiday. Our office will re-open on Tuesday, January 22 at 8:30 a.m. Thanks. 

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Member News: Two PA librarians named by ALA as Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2019

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Congrats to Pennsylvania Library Association members Tess Wilson and Lisa Rand for being named as 2019 Intellectual Freedom Bloggers by the American Library Association! To read the full announcement, cut and paste the below link into your web browser:

Tags:  American Library Association  Blog  Civic Literacy  Information Literacy  Intellectual Freedom  Social Literacy 

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Leadership Academy and Directors’ Institute Applications Now Open

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Dear Members of the Pennsylvania Library Association,

We are pleased to share with you that applications are now open for both the Leadership Academy and Directors’ Institute by PALS (Pennsylvania Library Association Academy of Leadership Studies)! Deadline to apply is March 4 for those interested in asking for a sponsorship from a PaLA chapter or other financial assistance. The deadline to apply for those not seeking financial assistance is April 19. Non-members will be eligible to submit applications beginning January 21.  We encourage early applications to ensure your spot is reserved.

We welcome all library staff members with their MLS or MLIS, regardless of title or amount of experience, to apply for the Leadership Academy. Please click the link below for more information.

Leadership Academy:  June 2 - 5, 2019.

We welcome all directors, assistant directors, and branch managers, regardless of any length of experience, to apply for the Directors’ Institute. Please click the link below for more information.

Directors’ Institute:  June 5 - 8, 2019.


More information about all three PALS workshops can be found at 

PALS Graduates:  Take this time to refer a colleague who might benefit from these great programs. 

Registration for the one-day workshop on Saturday, June 1, 2019, Choosing Leadership, will open in March.

Tags:  Director's Institute  Leadership Academy  PALS 

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Partner News: Farm Show & PCN Opportunity

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, January 3, 2019

From our PA Forward partners at the PA Cable Network (PCN):


Love PCN and the PA Farm Show?  Tell us and you could be on TV! 

PCN celebrates 25 years of Farm Show Coverage and we want to hear from our viewers.  Tell us why and what you love to watch!    PCN also celebrates our 40th Anniversary in 2019.  We will be running these clips on the network and a special web page.

Stop by our Farm Show Booth in the Main Hall near the Butter Sculpture and share your message on camera.

The Farm Show runs from January 5 to January 12.  Special Guests include the Weather World hosts on Sunday the 6th from 11-1 pm; Tuesday the 8th The Groundhog Club and Punxsutawney Phil 1-3 pm and Secretary Redding at 8:30 on Thursday the 10th.

Tags:  Farm Show  PCN  Stories 

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PaLA Offices Closed December 31 & January 1

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, December 26, 2018

We hope you all had  wonderful Christmas!

Just a friendly reminder that the office is open with limited staffing Wednesday, December 26 through Friday, December, 28. The office will be closed Monday, December 31 and Tuesday, January 1 for the New Year holiday. 

We will return to standard operations on Wednesday, January 2.

Enjoy the rest of 2018 and we'll see you soon!

~The Pennsylvania Library Association Staff 

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Libraries Earn PA Forward Star Status

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, December 20, 2018



For Immediate Release


CONTACT: Brandi Hunter-Davenport, PA Forward Project Manager, 717-766-7663 or  




Some 30 libraries obtain Bronze, Silver or Gold PA Forward Stars between

October 1 and December 15, 2018


Mechanicsburg, PA (December 19, 2018) Libraries across Pennsylvania continue showcasing the value they bring to their communities by providing programs and resources which positively support the patrons served and have earned “Star Library” status in the process.  The Pennsylvania Library Association today announced their statewide PA Forward Star Library Program 2018 fourth quarter awardees.


“Using the PA Forward framework, libraries help patrons meet their own needs and those of their loved ones in an ever-evolving society. We are honored to be able to highlight their work and help all residents connect more with these community pillars,” said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director. “These awards signify intentional investments by library staffs to offer programs and resources that correlate to direct investments in the community. A patron coming to the library to access a computer and the internet to submit an online job application or an individual coming to the library to participate in a program that helps them care for an ailing parent are examples of patrons whose lives have been changed, positively, because of the offerings at the local library. The Star Library Program allows us to put a spotlight on how libraries are moving Pennsylvania forward.”  

PA Forward, launched statewide in 2012, works through five key literacies – Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial – to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. To continue helping libraries use PA Forward to demonstrate all their libraries offer, in January 2017, the Association kicked off the Star Library program statewide. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and integrate PA Forward’s literacies in their programming activities. Those libraries are recognized for meeting benchmarks within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program. While one star is awarded for both the bronze and gold levels, a total of five stars are awarded in the silver category – one silver star for each of the five literacies of PA Forward.

Stars are awarded on a quarterly basis in the calendar year and the recognition is for the highest level attained in the program at the time of the award. The following library awards are listed by award and county and are for the newest achievements earned between October 1 and December 15, 2018.    

Bronze Star - A total of 10 Bronze Stars are awarded to the following libraries:

Allegheny County

  • Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
  • Andrew Carnegie Free Library
  • Brentwood Library
  • Cooper-Siegel Community Library
  • Northern Tier Regional Library
  • Robinson Township Library

Butler County

  • Butler Area Public Library

Delaware County

  • Sharon Hill Public Library

Erie County

  • Corry Public Library

Montgomery County

  • Lansdale Public Library

Silver Star – A total of 13 Silver Stars, and the levels reached, are awarded to the following libraries:

Armstrong County

  • Apollo Memorial Library, 3rd

Chester County

  • Paoli Library, 1st

Clarion County

  • Knox Public Library, 4th

Dauphin County

  • Penn State University Harrisburg Library, 1st  

Erie County

  • Corry Public Library, 1st  

Fayette County

  • Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville, 5th  

Lebanon County

  • Lebanon Community Library, 4th

Lehigh County

  • Lower Macungie Library, 5th  

Luzerne County

  • Hazleton Area Public Library, 3rd  

Montgomery County

  • Ardmore Library, 5th  

Monroe County

  • Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1st

Somerset County

  • Meyersdale Public Library, 1st

York County

  • Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 5th  

Gold Star – A total of seven Gold Stars are awarded to the following libraries:

Allegheny County

  • Baldwin Borough Public Library
  • Northland Public Library Authority
  • South Fayette Township Library

Dauphin County

  • Hershey Public Library

Lebanon County

  • Matthews Public Library

Montgomery County

  • Ludington Public Library

York County

  • Guthrie Memorial Library


For more information, including a complete listing of all libraries participating in the program, visit


Tags:  Bronze Star  Gold Star  PA Forward  Silver Star  Star Library 

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PA Library Association Holiday Schedule

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, December 20, 2018

In observance of the upcoming holidays, the Pennsylvania Library Association will be closed on the following dates:

  • Monday, December 24
  • Tuesday, December 25
  • Monday, December 31
  • Tuesday, January 1

Staff will be in, with flexibility, on Wednesday, December 26; Thursday, December 27; and Friday, December 28.

Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season,

~The Pennsylvania Library Association Staff 

Tags:  Christmas  Holiday  New Year  New Years  Office Hours 

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Partner News: NNLM Reading Club Book Kit Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network has developed the NNLM Reading Club as a way to build and support conversations around important health topics. The goal is to support libraries’ health literacy efforts and address local communities’ health information needs, through the fun and intimacy of a book club. The NNLM Reading Club offers a selection of three different book titles, along with corresponding free, ready-to-use materials designed to help promote and facilitate a book club discussion on a health issue or topic. This program-in-a-box includes 8 copies of each of the following items, all of which are tucked inside a handy library bag and shipped to the requesting library:

  • the selected book
  • discussion guide
  • MedlinePlus flyer
  • NIH MedlinePlus Magazine
  • additional material in support of the health topic

Any NNLM MAR member organization (membership is free!) is eligible to apply for one free NNLM Reading Club Book Kit through April 30, 2019. Due to the expected high demand, public libraries will receive priority status in the selection process, but all are welcome to apply. To request your NNLM Reading Club Book Kit, complete the online application form.

For questions, additional information, or special accessibility requests that would facilitate better participation of the book club for your community, please contact NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator, Veronica Leigh Milliner at Visit the NNLM Reading Club page to browse the current selections and featured topic of Family Health History.

Tags:  Health Literacy  NNLM/MAR  Reading Club 

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Teaching, Learning & Technology Round Table One-Day Workshop

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) 's Teaching, Learning & Technology Round Table Planning Committee is seeking lightning round presenters for a one-day workshop centered around the use of technology as it relates to communication with, or education of, patrons/stakeholders in their libraries. The event will be May 6, 2019 at Penn State Main Campus. Topics should focus on communication and technology use in any type of library. Presentations are to be 5-7 minutes. 
If you are interested in presenting, please submit your proposal via
Proposals must be received no later than February 8. Questions can be directed to Adam Haigh, Round Table Chair, at

Tags:  Communication  TLT  Workshop 

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Partner News: PAACE 2019 Adult Learners & Educators Conference Registration Now Open

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, December 10, 2018

Join us for the 2019 PAACE Conference March 11-12 at the Penn Stater in State College, PA. Registration is now open! Join colleagues from across Pennsylvania for the premier conference for adult educators and administrators! Specialized strands for administrators, teachers, caseworkers, and tutors will be available. Networking opportunities will abound! You will also have the opportunity to learn about new products and services to support your adult learners. Register today to take advantage of the early bird rate! Visit 



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