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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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Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Accepting Mini-Grant Applications

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, March 25, 2019

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Accepting Mini-Grant Applications

Deadline: March 31, 2019 

Established by children's book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications from public schools and public libraries anywhere in the United States and its territories to its mini-grants program, which supports projects that foster creative expression, collaboration, and interaction with a diverse community. 
Through the program, mini-grants of up to $500 will be awarded to educators in support of special activities and events outside the standard curriculum. Projects funded in the past have included murals, pen pal groups, quilts, theater productions, student newspapers and other publications, intergenerational activities, and programs that bring disparate communities together.
Any public school or library is eligible to apply, as are preschool Head Start programs, Private and parochial schools and charter schools are not eligible. Applicants must be located in the U.S. or one of its commonwealths or territories, including Puerto Rico and Guam. Only one application from a library or school will be considered.
Complete program guidelines, a video tutorial for applicants, and the application form are available at the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation website.
To complete the RFP, visit 

Tags:  Ezra Jack Keats Foundation  Grant Opportunity  Public Libraries 

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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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Tags:  #pala2019  Conference  Erie 

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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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