PA Forward

What is PA Forward?

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward, was conceived to give voice to what the library community already knows, and what other states throughout the nation are also recognizing:

“With the right support, libraries are ideally positioned to become the community centers of information, technology, and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.”

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PA Forward Resources

PA Forward Commons

The PA Forward Commons is a database that manages literacy programs, services, and resources offered by public, academic, and school libraries to build PA Forward literacy skills in the communities they serve. Librarians have such brilliant ideas that incorporate the literacies (Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Financial, and Health), and this database provides an easily accessible way to collaborate and share ideas to move PA forward.

PA Forward Toolkit

The PA Forward Toolkit contains all of the resources Pennsylvania libraries can use to promote and use PA a local level. This toolkit is maintained by the PA Forward Steering Committee and updated frequently.

By using the PA Forward branding on the programs and services you already offer, you are showing your stakeholders that your library is part of a larger statewide initiative that is powering progress and elevating the quality of life in Pennsylvania. There is influence and credibility in numbers and a shared voice.

You now have the opportunity to be recognized for the work you are doing at your library by earning the PA Forward Star Library designation. Follow the program to complete the necessary actions for each level and follow the instructions for submitting your documentation and you’re on your way to becoming a prestigious PA Forward Star Library!