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What's New at PA Forward®

National Voter Registration Day 2022

Register to vote in PA at: Am I registered to vote? Register online: http://vote.pa.gov/Register  Is my voter registration information up to date? Find your registration status: http://vote.pa.gov/Status. #ReadytoVotePA

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Unite Against Book Bans

Removing and banning books from public libraries is a slippery slope to government censorship and the erosion of our country’s commitment to freedom of expression. September 18 to 24 is Banned Book Week.  Libraries throughout the Commonwealth will be honoring books which have been challenged in libraries around the world and highlight the dangers that […]

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2022 Pa Forward® Adult Programming Awards

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) launched the Pa Forward® initiative in 2012.  The Pa Forward® initiative strives to move Pennsylvania forward through the programming which our libraries carry out in five specific literacy areas: basic, information, civic & social, health, financial. The Pa Forward®  Literacies Team proposed the creation of a new award to recognize […]

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What is PA Forward®

If knowledge is power, Pennsylvania’s libraries have always been central suppliers of power in our communities. Now we have an opportunity to power a new level of knowledge across our Commonwealth.

As our state and nation struggle with economic shifts, some permanent, we all ask, “How will Pennsylvania build a better future, one of job growth, opportunity, and community vitality?”

PA Forward® is a literacy initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Our services support state libraries so they 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.

The VALUE of Pennsylvania's Libraries is FAR-REACHING and UNDENIABLE.

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This is the number of programs for children, parents, entrepreneurs, senior citizens, and students that PA libraries have implemented.

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Pennsylvania libraries have served more than 47 million visitors!

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PA libraries have aided more than 302,000 jobseekers.

How can I support PA Libraries?