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Closing early on 1/29

Posted By Christi Buker, Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Due to snow, the office is closing at 3:30 today, 1/29. 

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Partner News: Latest Report on Elder Justice Issues to be released 1/29/19

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, January 28, 2019

News from our PA Forward partners at PA Courts:

The Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts will release their latest progress report on elder justice issues on Tuesday, January 29. 

The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the Lt. Governor's Balcony, 2nd floor of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg. 


Tags:  Health Literacy  Information Literacy  PA Courts 

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Call for Presenters for PaLA Conference Opens

Posted By Kimberly Snyder Wise, Friday, January 25, 2019

Call for Presenters - Share Your Ideas, Knowledge & Experience at the Pennsylvania Library Association 2019 Conference!

The 2019 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference, Shine On! will take place October 13 - 16, 2019 at the Bayfront Convention Center located on Lake Erie's beautiful Presque Isle Bay.

The 2019 Conference Program Committee is currently accepting proposals for sessions to take place during the conference, to include more than sixty educational sessions on topics of interest for the library community.  Suggested topics

If you are an expert on a topic that you feel will be of interest to this group, we invite you to submit a session proposal!

NEW, this year, is the opportunity to present Lightning Talks, 5 - 7 minute mini-presentations, on various topics - from successful programs at your library, innovative policies technology that makes your work easier, research that is helping your library, or any idea where you "SHINE ON!" and you want to share.  We'll combine lightning talk presentations with a common theme into one (or two!) session periods for lightning impact!

The deadline for submissions is noon (EST) on Friday, March 15.

For more information on the conference, and the submission requirements, CLICK HERE, and by all means plan to join us in ERIE!  You won't want to miss it!

Tags:  #pala2019  Call for Presenters  conference 

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Partner News: Emergency Response System Launched for Furloughed Federal Workers

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Immediate Release

Media Contact:

Kristen Rotz,, 717.448.1663

Samantha Shewmaker,, 717.917.0538


As Some Federal Government Employees go without a second paycheck, Pennsylvania Labor Movement, United Way and PA 2-1-1 Launch Emergency Response System for Furloughed Federal Workers

(HARRISBURG)  Through PA 2-1-1, the United Way of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, and the American Federation of Government Employees District 3, have launched a text code initiative which will provide information and updates aimed to help impacted workers cope with the shutdown.  This service will connect federal government employees and contractors who are impacted by the partial federal government shutdown to community resources such as assistance with food, utilities, housing, etc. launching an initiative today to support. This initiative will be available throughout the shutdown.

Beginning Friday, January 18, people should text FEDSD to 898-211 to receive updates and information through 2-1-1 via text. The text code will be active throughout the shutdown. When FEDSD is texted to 898-211 it will direct subscribers to specific resources and how to connect with a 2-1-1 center if their need is urgent. 2-1-1 is a 24/7/365 service that connects people to community organizations who can help with their health and human service needs.

Statewide and/or regional resources are also being collected by this coalition and are available on the Government Shutdown Resources web page.  

“The Pennsylvania Labor Movement is working with our community partners to rally around our brothers and sisters impacted by the government shutdown. This text code is one more way of making sure they receive the help they need. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO encourages union members across the Commonwealth to volunteer with their local food banks and central labor councils,” remarked PA AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale.

“The federal workers and contracted employees hit by this partial federal government shutdown, are working class people with families to support.  Unions and community service organizations are coming together to ensure that they are not alone in this crisis,” added PA AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder.

“We are so appreciative of the organizations assisting federal employees in this difficult time.  Making these resources available through text, makes access easier and faster for our members,” American Federation of Government Employees, National Vice President for District 3, Philip Glover. 

“United Way and 2-1-1 strive to make it easy for Pennsylvanians to find help from their community when they need it. We are happy to be of service in a time of need for thousands who are impacted in our state, and we want to thank our partners in labor and the many nonprofits and companies who are stepping up to do what they can to help. 2-1-1 is committed to be here for impacted employees through the duration of the shutdown,” Kristen Rotz, President of United Way of PA, concluded.


Tags:  Federal Government  Shutdown  United Way 

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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 

Tags:  Office Closings 

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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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