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What's New at PA Forward®

Covid Resource Library

We invite you to download and share the following COVID-19 communication materials.  Scroll down for a collection of our latest resources and be sure to check back regularly as we are continuously adding new materials. Use the filter feature to sort by resource language type. To request these resources as print materials, please use our […]

2021 Information Literacy Summit

Registration for the 2021 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit is now open! The Summit will be completely virtual this year. The Summit takes place on July 21, 2021 from 8:30AM to 4PM.  Attendees will receive  6.75 CE or (TBD) ACT 48 Credits Registration is available via the PaLA website: Registration will be open through […]

Tales and Tails and Health

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward® initiative is happy to announce a partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) to increase the capacity of public libraries in Pennsylvania to provide virtual Health Literacy Programming. PA Forward® is looking for 6 libraries who are willing to do one live children’s program which will […]

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.


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


Pennsylvania libraries have served more than 47 million visitors!


PA libraries have aided more than 302,000 jobseekers.

How can I support PA Libraries?