Rewarding Resources: PA Library History

This is a site I just had to pass along.  It’s not so much a resource of the type I have reviewed before, but it is a blog about the history of libraries in the Commonwealth.  Pennsylvania libraries have a unique history.  For starters, Philadelphia was the home of the first “public” library in America, a subscription library founded in 1731. Further, in what can be argued is one of the most famous acts of charity in history, Pittsburgh’s own Andrew Carnegie spent a good portion of his wealth building public libraries, including 58 in Pennsylvania.

Bernadette Lear, a librarian at Penn State Harrisburg, has put together a blog that chronicles her research into Pennsylvania library history.  I suggest you give it a look.

Keith L Greenawalt, Public Services Manager


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