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Past Issues

January 2021Last year may have been a complete dumpster fire, but we’ve picked out the best bookish parts for you to start out 2021 with some fresh reads! We’ll also be detailing some specific new service changes & a Winter Coding Contest!

February 2021This month, we celebrate Black History Month by highlighting Black excellence in literature & exploring the importance of supporting Black creators and Black-owned businesses.

March 2021We’re focusing on sustainability & buying local this month, featuring an interview with Core Goods Co-Owner Ashley Sheffer, along with some recommended reading & tips to get you started on an amazing sustainability journey!

April 2021National Library Week is this month, & this year we think it’s important to explore an important initiative: Libraries Are For Everyone. Find out what this really means, plus get a sneak peek at Summer @ Your ORLA Library 2021!

May 2021 – Oil Region Libraries are celebrating a special anniversary this year! You don’t want to miss this issue, especially if you love history. Can you believe we’ve been around for 150 years?!

June 2021 – We’re here to give you all the details about Summer @ Your ORLA Library (formerly known as “SummerQuest” or “Summer Reading”) this month & we hope you’ll join in on all the fun this Summer. Plus, there’s some pretty cool prizes up for grabs…

July 2021 – July is HERE! This month, we’re discussing the puzzling disappearance of one of the most famous authors of all time, nearly 100 years ago! You’ll also get the inside scoop on Pennsylvania’s new Library of Accessible Media & a brand new Festival debuting at the Oil City Library next month!

August 2021 – Can you believe it’s already August? Our Summer Programs may be wrapping up, but new programs are on the way! Get the latest on new programs and workshops in this issue, as well as some exciting updates at Franklin Public Library and ORLA’s first Oil Region Festival of the Book!

September 2021 – Fall is in the air and we’ve got some exciting things coming your way! ORLA libraries are going fine-free. Yes, fine-free! Learn more about this important step we’re taking, as well as some amazing fall events & workshops, by reading this month’s issue!

October 2021 – WHY IS IT SO FUN TO READ SCARY THINGS? Maybe we’ll never really know, but in the meantime we’ve jam-packed this issue with a ton of them for you to read if you agree! Learn more about fall library events & workshops, enjoy our staff reviewing some of the worst books they’ve ever read, and more by reading this month’s issue!

November 2021 – November is Native American Heritage Month! We’re highlighting & celebrating Native American Heritage with a booklist packed with Indigenous stories, authors & perspectives. Learn more about upcoming holiday events & workshops, our new Museum Pass Partner Program, new youth programs, and more by reading this month’s issue!

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