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WE ARE the People: Constitution Day Trivia

Posted By Barbara Eshbach, Head Librarian, Glatfelter Library, Penn State York, 717-771-4023, bee11@psu.edu, Thursday, November 16, 2017

Library Type

Academic

Cost and Funding

$20 for decorations and prizes

Description

We celebrate Constitution Day by holding a trivia contest using clickers and questions from the civic portion of the Naturalization test. We challenge our students to beat the national pass rate (currently 91%).

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Common Book

Posted By Christina Steffy, Director, PA College of Health Sciences, 7179476142, cjsteffy@gmail.com, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Library Type

Academic

Cost and Funding

$0-$1,000. Free for the library unless you decide to purchase some copies of the book, host speakers with fees, or want to provide food and drinks at any events. For the inaugural year, we have spent less than $500 and will have a budget of $1,000 for future years as we decide what events to host. This is a campus wide initiative, though, so our Learning Commons is able to tie this to other events on campus with other departments covering the expenses.

Description

2017 is the College’s inaugural common book program. The purpose of a Common Book is to build bridges between experiences we share no matter what our field of scholarship or course of study. Those interested in participating will all read the same book and engage in meaningful dialogue around the themes and content of that book. This program gets people reading and thinking critically about topics in health care and, through discussion, helps people verbalize their thoughts to become more effective communicators. Various programs and events related to the common book’s themes take place on campus. We encourage people to read the entire book prior to engaging in any of the discussions that take place on campus. The chosen book is announced in May so students, faculty, and staff have time to read the book over the summer and can come to campus in the fall ready to discuss. Because we have people starting in the spring semester, too, students who are accepted in the fall are made aware of the book so they have time to read it prior to any spring events. Alumni are also made aware of the book so they can participate in a student/alumni discussion during the College’s homecoming. Scheduled discussions and events are advertised so people know when and where they will occur. Some classes are integrating the common book into their work and have assignments related to the book as well. Books are selected with a small volunteer committee representative of a variety of faculty disciplines across campus. The book must be related in some way to the National Library of Medicine exhibit the Learning Commons is hosting that year, it must be relatively new, and we try to keep the cost as low as possible (under $25) so the book is affordable if our students choose to buy it. Participants can acquire the book via our school’s bookstore or through any other outlet they choose, including libraries, and they are given all of the information they need to purchase the book. We also have a limited number of copies available for circulation in the Learning Commons. Key stakeholders in the College are provided free copies of the book to encourage more people to participate; these copies are able to be obtained free of charge from the publisher. Departments can then decide whether to purchase books for their faculty members so the book can be integrated into courses.
http://pacollege.libguides.com/commonbook

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First Time Home Buyer Class

Posted By Danielle Danenhower, Ardmore Library , Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Free

Partnership

Berkshire Hathaway / Fox & Roach, Realtors

Description

A local realtor and mortgage expert will discuss what you need to know to buy your first home, including important considerations like buying vs. renting, loan options, tax benefits, and what library resources are available to help you get started.

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Samurai Santa and the North Pole Ninjas

Posted By Brenda Beikert, Knox Public Library, knoxpl@usachoice.net , Monday, November 13, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Cost of books, craft supplies, and snacks

Description

An evening storytime with a special theme for a local town celebration.

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Family Safety and the Court System

Posted By Jean Knapp, Bala Cynwyd Library, Monday, November 13, 2017

Library Type


Public


Description


Panel discussion with District Court Judge Karen Zucker and Lower Merion township police officers. Topics covered include: the District court system, property crime, identity theft, and safe driving. 


 

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YWCA Healthcare Enrollment

Posted By Mary Rose Bendel, Outreach Coord., Carnegie Library of McKeesport, 4126720625, bendelm@einetwork.net, Monday, November 6, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Free

Partnership

YWCA

Description

Healthcare enrollment information is available to users.

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William Larsh Book Talk & Book Signing

Posted By Michele Lefler, Director Paul Smith Lib. of Southern York Cty, 7172354313, mlefler@yorklibraries.org, Monday, November 6, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Free

Description

Author William Larsh will discuss his new book, "The FBI- They Eat Their Young". Presentation will be followed by discussion and book signing.

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Scare-A-Thon

Posted By Alexis Neapolitan, Reference, Hazleton Area Pub. Lib., 570-454-2961, aneapolitan@hazletonlibrary.org, Monday, November 6, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Free

Description

An annual event, the SCARE-A-THON features two scary films, Bobbing for Apples, Halloween Bingo, Candy Corn Bowling, and Scary Photo Op with local artist and graphic novelist, David Corrado. Participants are encouraged to come in costume.

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Helpful Hint

Posted By Dorene Miller, Director, Penn Area Library, 724-744-4414, dmiller@pennlib.org , Monday, November 6, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

Cost of Avery address labels

Description

I attended the PA Forward Star Libraries Program training at the PaLA conference, at which I mentioned that I sometimes forget to include the literacy logos in our publications. Instead of discarding the materials, I created logo labels to affix to the brochure or flyer. I used Avery return address labels #5267, but the Avery address labels #5260 can be used if a larger logo is needed. I hope this is a helpful hint for my colleagues!

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The Vietnam War Program Series

Posted By Dorene Miller, Director, Penn Area Library, 724-744-4414, dmiller@pennlib.org , Friday, October 27, 2017

Library Type

Public

Cost and Funding

$600; funded by library's programming budget

Partnership

Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County; White Oak Vet Center; and Time-Line Enterprises

Description

Penn Area Library was one of 50 libraries selected by the American Library Association and PBS to receive the Ken Burns documentary "The Vietnam War (including screening right)," the companion book by Geoffrey Ward and Ken Burns, and a programming kit. The grant required the library to conduct at least one Vietnam War related program by December 31, 2017. In addition to weekly episode screenings of the documentary from September 22 thru December 1, Penn Area Library provided these programs: National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony with a Missing Man Table (September 15); Vietnam War Exhibit (September 18); Human Library with the Vietnam Veterans of Westmoreland County (October 23); and a discussion of David Maraniss' 2004 book "They Marched Into Sunlight" (November 6). The programs were highly publicized through several newspaper articles, including a video of a veteran and his pen-and-ink artwork, social media, the library's website, brochures, and posters. To ensure the success of the program series, I began attending the VVWC meetings in July and spoke at length about the ALA grant and the PA Forward Star Library Program. I met the Time-Line Enterprises volunteers by stopping at their Vietnam War display at a local festival, and booked an exhibit soon thereafter. A local high school history teacher learned about our Vietnam War Exhibit, and brought his class to the library for a field trip. Before our first program on September 15, the director of the White Oak Vet Center contacted me to offer counselors for each of our events, which I gladly accepted. Our Vietnam War programs have been well-attended and have initiated conversations about this controversial war that divided our nation for so long. If another library is interested in offering similar programs, I would recommends forming partnerships with Vietnam War veterans' groups well in advance, in order to form personal connection with the veterans and gain their trust and confidence in regard to their participation in war-related events. I did not anticipate the potential emotional impact that the programs might have upon the veterans and attendees, so I am fortunate that the White Oak Vet Center reached out to me. Along with our program attendees, I have learned a great deal about the history of Vietnam and what really happened during the war and the protests back home.

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