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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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PA Forward Today - Partner Newsletter - December 2018

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, December 6, 2018

Check out the December 2018 edition of PA Forward Today - the PA Forward Partner Newsletter! The newsletter can be accessed at

This edition features, our partners at PICPA (Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants) and the PA Insurance Department. The issue also highlights the Carbondale Public Library's work through the Star Library Program. 

We appreciate our partners and our star library participants. Thank you for reading about their work to support PA Forward. 


Tags:  Insurance  Partners  PICPA  Star Library 

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Member News: Two PA Librarians Awarded ALA's I Love My Librarian Award

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Congrats to Pennsylvania's Terri Gallagher and Paula Kelly for being selected among the 2018 #ILoveMyLibrarian awardees!

To access the American Library Association's release, cut/paste the following link into your browser: 

Tags:  American Library Association  I Love My Librarian 

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Member News: Two PA Students Named to ALA Student-To-Staff Program

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Congrats to members Elizabeth Jenkins (Drexel University) and Francine Binnert (Clarion University) for being selected as student members of the American Library Association's (ALA) Student-to-Staff program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, June 20-June 25! Well done! Read the full release at 

Tags:  American Library Association  Student to Staff Program 

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Office closing for Leadership Orientation

Posted By Christi Buker, Friday, November 30, 2018
The office will close on Monday, December 3 at 3:00 pm, and be closed all day on Tuesday, December 4.  We will be offsite and making plans for 2019 with our incoming volunteer at Leadership Orientation. Stay tuned for a great year ahead!

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Member News: STAR - Service to Adult Readers - Program Receives $5,000 Grant from Partnership for Better Health

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, November 30, 2018

November 29, 2018



Partnership for Better Health Donates $5,000 to Cumberland County Library System Foundation for STAR – Service to Adult Readers - Program

Carlisle, PA – Cumberland County-based Partnership for Better Health recently donated a $5,000 grant to the Cumberland County Library System Foundation for the STAR – Service to Adult Readers – program. The STAR program partners trained volunteers with homebound elderly residents to provide them with monthly visits and deliveries of library materials, and also stocks self-serve mini-libraries at area senior living facilities. Funds from the Partnership for Better Health will be used to enhance and expand services.

Carolyn Blatchley, Library System executive director, states, “We are grateful for this gift, which will allow us to enhance the free library services we are able to extend to Cumberland County’s homebound residents.”


The STAR – Service to Adult Readers – program is led by the Cumberland County Library System’s adult outreach services coordinator, Christa Bassett, who screens and trains program volunteers, processes applications from STAR program participants, and oversees the self-serve mini-libraries.

For more information about STAR – to receive services, to volunteer, or to provide other support – please email or call 717.240.7771.

The Cumberland County Library System Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to support the programs and services of the Cumberland County Library System and its eight member libraries: Amelia Givin Library in Mt. Holly Springs, Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle, East Pennsboro Branch Library in Enola, Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill, John Graham Library in Newville, Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg, New Cumberland Public Library, and Shippensburg Public Library. For more information, please visit

The Partnership for Better Health champions and invests in ideas, initiatives, and collaborations that improve the health of the people and communities in their region. For more information, please visit


Photo attached: Christa Bassett, Adult Outreach Services Coordinator, at November 2018 Fredricksen Library Volunteer Fair

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PA Forward Partner News: Monroeville Public Library to Host Alzheimer's Community Forum

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, November 30, 2018
See the attached flier regarding an Alzheimer's Community Forum taking place December 4 at the Monroeville Public Library. This forum is sponsored in collaboration with the Greater PA Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, a PA Forward partner organization. 

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  Health Literacy 

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Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Updated: Monday, November 26, 2018



For Immediate Release


CONTACT: Christi Buker, PA Library Association Executive Director

717-766-7663 or  



Association’s professional development tracks help librarians, staff and volunteers support library’s efforts in local communities


Mechanicsburg, PA (November 27, 2018) For the last decade, the Pennsylvania Library Association has been helping to develop librarians into (library) leaders through their Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS). This effort was launched with support from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and was established to develop and train professional librarians and staff on how to lead their organizations, connecting them with potential partners, maintaining staff morale and heightening community awareness of what all libraries offer.


“Since its inception in 2009, the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies has focused on investing in, mentoring and assisting librarians,” said Jessica Miller, Washington County Library System Coordinator and 2018 PALS Committee Vice Chair. “Ultimately, the program is designed to help participants develop their own individual leadership skills and learn how to apply those skills in their libraries and in their local communities. The driving philosophy behind what we do is that leadership is a choice, not a position.” 


During her tenure as Pennsylvania Library Association President, Mary Garm, conceived the idea for the creation of the Academy for Leadership Studies (PALS). Tina Hertel, current Association President, worked with Garm to implement the full program as of 2009. Their goal was for this program to teach librarian leaders how to use their personal and professional skills to enhance the value of their libraries in their communities.

What transpired was the development of a multi-day workshop for newly degreed librarians, providing them with leadership training and resources that could then be applied in their local libraries.


This session has since expanded and now includes a second 3.5-day workshop for directors as well as a one-day workshop for support staff. It is the hope of the PALS Leadership Development Committee to continue developing these programs, enlightening and empowering Pennsylvania’s librarians by giving them the needed tools and resources for them to become leaders both personally and professionally.


The workshop descriptions are below:


Choosing Leadership

This one-day workshop is specifically designed for any librarians and support staff who are looking for ways to hone their leadership potential. Anyone who works in libraries, regardless of their position, is welcome to attend. This workshop is also open to students.


Leadership Academy

This 3.5-day workshop is designed for Masters of Library Science (MLS) and Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degreed librarians whether they have just completed their studies or have been in the field a few years. Participants work closely with one another, on year-long group projects, along with an assigned mentor, and explore what it means to be a leader, as well as how they can make the choice to be leaders for their libraries. Participation in this workshop requires a one-year commitment to the assigned group project. All participants must hold an appropriate degree from an American Library Association accredited school at the time of nomination.  


Directors' Institute

This 3.5-day workshop is designed for library directors and assistant directors. Participants will work closely with each other and with appointed mentors to explore what it means to be both a library director and a library leader. Special sessions with the Office of Commonwealth Library staff highlight state offered tools to help all directors lead their libraries no matter how big or how small. Participants must be either a director or an assistant director at their respective libraries. There is no degree requirement for this workshop.


Once the training sessions, which take place annually in June, conclude, Leadership Academy participants remain engaged as members of small-group project committees, working together throughout the course of the year on an initiative that will benefit librarianship throughout Pennsylvania. Directors’ Institute participants are offered webinars, discussion and networking opportunities on continuing topics of interest for the group. One-day workshop participants are encouraged to remain engaged with the Association through various workshops and regional activities hosted throughout the year.


Many graduates have benefitted their careers through participation with the leadership institutes. As of 2018, the Leadership Academy boasts 217 graduates, while the three-year-old Directors’ Institute has nearly 60 graduates to date. 


“I came away from PALS with a notebook full of hastily scribbled notes, punctuated by exclamation points; a virtual rolodex of new friends and colleagues; my brain and heart refreshed; and my face lit up by a smile. My expectations were wildly exceeded in every way. I'll hold on to these three days for a long time,” said Tess Wilson, a 2018 PALS Leadership Academy participant.


The Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy of Leadership Studies or PALS is made possible, in part, by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

IMLS is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. As the primary source of federal support for the nation’s approximately 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums, IMLS’ mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information about PALS, visit  For more information about the work of the Pennsylvania Library Association, visit




Tags:  Leadership Academy  PALS 

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