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​January 28, 2020
The Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development
9am, Free Library of Philadelphia

​Public Meeting Notice Pursuant to Act 84 of 1986 Sunshine Law.

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Library Development will meet Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 9am in the Skyline Room of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia PA 19103

If you need accommodation or assistance to participate in this meeting contact Cindy Heasley, 717-787-2779, TTY 717-783-8445

February 6, 2020
Book Club Meeting
Noon to 1pm, Keystone Conference Center River Room, Keystone Building

We'll discuss Heartland: A memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, the One Book One Community Selection for Central Pennsylvania.

About the book:

People usually think of the heartland of the United States as a bounty of agriculture and a place where comfort abounds. This memoir traces the life of Sarah among the life of the working poor. Intergenerational poverty and life choices affect the lives of this Kansas farm family.

Location update:

This is a new meeting place for us with the relocation of the State Library's services to the Keystone Building for the next few years. When you enter the Keystone Building from North Street, go up the steps into the Atrium and turn right into the first hallway. The center is on the right-hand side. Come into the Conference center and you will see where we are set up.

Books read for this club are available in a variety of formats at your local library. Commonwealth employees can also use EZBorrow to have it delivered right to the State Library.

Registration for the Book Club is not required. Contact Kathy Hale ( or 717-787-2327 for answers to questions or for more information.

February 20, 2020
Finding your African American Ancestors: Genealogy tips from an expert
Lecture Noon to 12:45pm, Digitization 11:00am to 2:00pm, Hearing Room 3, Keystone Building

Exploring your family history is a popular pastime. African American genealogy can be tricky and may require some special advice. Join special guest Adrienne Whaley, President of the Philadelphia African American Genealogy Group.

Get Hands On:
Do you have pictures of your family or unique documents at home? Bring a flash drive and your personal items to the event and experts from the State Library will help you save them in a digital format for your future family members to appreciate! Please bring a thumb drive if you'd like to scan and save. From 11-2, Hearing Room 3, Keystone Building

Keystone Building - Hearing Room 3
400 North Street, Harrisburg PA 17120

For more information please contact Ellen Shenk at or 717-783-5969.