New Exhibit on Display!
Growing Pennsylvania: How Agriculture Has Shaped our State
Since the founding of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1682, farming in Pennsylvania has been of great significance. Our vistas are dotted with farm houses, striped pastures, livestock, and burgeoning fields.  How have we documented the history of our agricultural landscape? The State Library is exhibiting rare and unusual books from Its vast collection that highlight the vital role that agriculture has in shaping our state into its diverse appearance today.  Come visit the main reading room to see some fascinating history!


The next meeting of the State Library’s book club will be held:

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 12 Noon to 1pm
Location: Forum Building
The book we will be discussing is Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard. With humor and pathos, Forrest Pritchard recounts his ambitious and often hilarious endeavors to save his family’s seventh-generation farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Through many a trial and error, he not only saves Smith Meadows from insolvency but turns it into a leading light in the sustainable, grass-fed, organic farm-to-market community.

This book is the selection of the One Book One Community Program sponsored by libraries in the central Pennsylvania region. For more information about the book, author, and other libraries participating in the program go to 
Books read for this club are available in a variety of formats at your local library. Commonwealth employees can also use EZBorrow through the State Library’s website to have it delivered right to the State Library. For more information about how to use EZBorrow call our reference desk at 717-783-5950.

No reservation needed. Contact Kathy Hale ( or 717-787-2327 for more information.