Re: Hello from PA
Welcome to the forum Sarah! You will find this forum to be a great resource and I imagine you will make a friend or two as well. Keeping bees is a fabulous past time and for many a way of life. You are on your way towards an amazing adventure so buckle up!
There are so many books out there but a few I would recommend for a beginner would be Kim Flotums's, Backyard Beekeeper, David Cramps's, A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to Beekeeping, L.L Lanstronth's the Hive and the Honey Bee. Also Mike Bush has a great book out as well. Check out his website.
Planning is the key so read, read, read. Also join a bee club and find a mentor. There is nothing better than having someone to bounce questions and ideas off off plus getting some hands on experience prior to starting your own hives will relieve some of the anxiety. Good luck!
"Someday we will look back and realize someone was right...and conveniently forget we were the ones that were wrong."