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UDPL began hosting Public Library Interns starting in summer 2014.  Our interns have become a vital part of the library, team assisting us during the busiest library season of the year.  Interns learn all about working at a busy and bustling public library, while we learn about the latest trends in library services.  It’s been such a

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UDPL’s Museum Pass collection has been extremely popular since we first started lending passes just a few short years ago.  Thanks to the Friends of UDPL, who fund the Museum/Arboreta Pass collection, the library now offers 17 places for you to visit for fun and enriching in-person experiences. Whether it’s learning about dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural

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I was excited to have the opportunity to attend Book Expo America in New York City in May 2017.  Book Expo is the premier event for those in the book industry---from authors to booksellers, to, of course, librarians.  One of the best sessions I attended was the Adult Book Editors' Buzz Panel.  The panel highlights a handful

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It’s just a few weeks into January, so that means there’s still time to squeak by with your 2017 resolutions or goals. The loftiest goals often offer some type of self-improvement.  Don’t eat the cookies and do eat the kale. I’m definitely more on the side of adding rather than taking away; I’d rather shy away from restrictions

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December is often a hectic month, ending as quickly as it begins.  Proof of this is that it’s somehow already December 4th! Perhaps blame can be assigned to any number of holidays and celebrations often competing with end-of-the year deadlines. Despite the busyness, there’s one constant that truly does make this a fantastic time of year for readers:

The Arts @ UDPL

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One of the wonderful things about living in the Philadelphia region is that we have such convenient access to all the arts and cultural opportunities that a major metropolitan area offers.  Hop on SEPTA or shoot down 76 (I know, I’m painting too rosy of a picture by assuming that these are speedy transportation options) and you

Learn to Knit @ UDPL!

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One of UDPL’s ongoing programs for adults is the Upper Dublin Knitters group, which meets every Thursday, from 7:15-8:45 p.m. at the library. The group began in September 2015 when a UD resident approached the library about starting a group.  Our wonderful group leader is an incredibly accomplished knitter, devoted to her craft.  She is generous about sharing

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It’s National Library Week!  Here at UDPL, we like to think of every week as National Library Week.  There’s always a new book, engaging program, hit movie, or something else new and exciting to celebrate. During the official “National Library Week,” which is this week (April 10th-16th), we celebrate the many wonderful volunteers who contribute their time and

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I’m a little disappointed in Punxsutawney Phil (and this is saying a lot, as I'm a big Phil-fan.) The famous groundhog is calling for an early spring this year, and I’m a bit disappointed that he might be right. I know we’ve had one blizzard, and it was certainly one for the record books, but I can’t

Author Visit ALERT!

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I don't think I'm alone when I say that as a reader, one of my favorite things is to meet authors.  I consider it a major perk and privilege that I get the chance to meet incredible authors and watch them interact with the Upper Dublin community. There’s just something sort of…magical…about meeting the person behind the

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