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Book Club

The State Library of Pennsylvania hosts a semi-regular lunchtime book club open to state employees as well as to the public.

The book club now meets in the format of a virtual meeting. Attendees take part in conversations about the book along with Kathy Hale, Public Services Librarian Supervisor at the State Library of Pennsylvania.

Come to share thoughts about the characters, plot, setting and impact of the book with others who have read the book or any part of it.

Upcoming Book Club Meetings

Pre-registration is required. To register in advance for to attend the Book Club, send an email to with your name and the title of the session you want to attend.  You will receive an email with a link to attend the meeting.

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Time: Noon to 1pm

Book: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict

Book Description (as provided by the publisher): "In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret: she was born Belle Marion Greener, daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and well-known advocate for equality. Belle's alleged Portuguese heritage lets her pass as white, but she will go through great lengths to preserve her carefully crafted identity in a racist world."

This book may be borrowed from many Pennsylvania public Libraries.

Commonwealth employees may complete the State Library’s Inter-Library Loan Book Request Form for assistance with borrowing this book via Interlibrary Loan. Participants do not need a State Library card to participate in the book discussion.