Scanners Available from the State Library

At the last District Library Center/System Meeting, we learned that the State Library has two scanners that may be borrowed  at your location to encourage the preservation of local materials and to add content to the Digital Public Library of America. The thinking is that the scanners may travel from library to library in a geographic region. The logistics are still being worked out. If you're interested in this project, contact Bill Fee at (717)783-7014 or

Youth Services Update 

We are excited to announce that Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand has been chosen as the Pa One Book title this year.  This is very exciting.  The program was in danger of being discontinued due to funding.  OCDEL (The Office of Child Development and Early Learning) has provided the funds for this year.  We will continue to have stickers, and activity guides as well big books and trunks.  Watch for the order form coming out soon.  Books sold out last year, so please remember to get your order in this fall to allow publishers the time needed for mass production.  The website is anticipated to be up this January. 

What's New:
Be sure to check out for an interactive version of the Cruise into Kindergarten game, book lists and recommendations, as well as screen time guidelines for children.   The district has 3 new professional book resources available for you; The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces by Dorothy Stolz, Marisa Conner and James Bradberry, Teaching Numeracy, Language, and Literacy with Blocks by Abigail Newburger and Elizabeth Vaughan,  and Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovasky.  The district center will also have STEM learning activities available in the near future.  Library directors will get a chance to view them at the upcoming DAC meeting.  Additionally, Youth Service staff attending the upcoming Collection Development Workshop will also get to preview them before they are available for loan.  Happy building and creating to all!

Human Resources Workshop
October 30, 2015, 10AM to 2PM

Human Resources: The Must's, the Should's and the Don't's is scheduled for Friday, October 30 from 10AM to 2PM. Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Non Profits, will conduct a workshop that will increase your understanding of what it takes to recruit and manage paid staff and volunteers. Topics covered: Personnel policies, compensation and benefits, terminations/layoffs, orientation, evaluations, job descriptions, and volunteer policies. Here's the registration form for the workshop.

Collection Development Workshop
Save the date!

We're planning a collection development workshop for Friday, November 13, at the Lowry Room at James V Brown Library. Nina White, Youth Services Consultant, will present information on collection development for babies and tweens/teens. The afternoon will consist of weeding, development tools for adult collections, and the elements of a collection development plan. Stay tuned for more information.

Big Library Read Returns in October!

For the first year ever, the Big Library Read will feature two titles: The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley and In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. This global event will run from October 7th through the 21st, enabling readers from around the world to enjoy the same eBook titles at the same time, creating a worldwide book club. Marketing materials for this event can be found here.

Statistics for your library patrons Overdrive use can always be found on the North Central Library District's web site Scroll down to eBranch2Go
Statistics and click on eBranch2Go Activity. Here are the year to date statistics for your library.

Don't Forget the Compendium

Don't miss out on news at the state level. The latest Compendium is packed with information about workshops, webinars, the recent PEW Research Report, library news and more.