Mechanicsburg, PA (July 22, 2019) – The Pennsylvania Library Association just announced the 2019 second quarter PA ForwardTM Star Library awardees. More than 30 libraries from throughout the state earned their star status and are being recognized by the Association for their efforts to provide patrons with educational resources and opportunities.
“The PA ForwardTM Star Library program spotlights libraries’ efforts to continue making intentional investments in literacy-aligned programs,” said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director. “Our libraries continue to be community pillars, meeting citizen needs, helping businesses, government organizations and others connect with local residents, sharing resources and information which have the potential to positively impact multiple lives.
“Yes, you can go to your local library and check out books, but these agile institutions demonstrate day in and day out they offer more than books,” Buker added. “Libraries offer the world to those who enter their doors. It is an honor to highlight those efforts with the PA Forward Star Library designation. Congratulations to all of our participating Star Libraries.”
PA ForwardTM, which launched statewide in 2012, works through five key literacies – Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial – to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. To continue helping libraries use PA ForwardTM to demonstrate all their libraries offer, in January 2017, the Association kicked off the Star Library program statewide. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and integrate PA ForwardTM’s literacies in their programming activities. Program topics can include information such as retirement planning (financial literacy) to more physically active programs such as walking book club discussions (civic and social literacy and health literacy).
Libraries are recognized for meeting benchmarks within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program. While one star is awarded for both the bronze and gold levels, a total of five stars are awarded in the silver category – one silver star for each of the five literacies of PA ForwardTM. For each silver star award, a number appears denoting the number of silver stars obtained to date.
Stars are awarded on a quarterly basis in the calendar year and the recognition is for the highest level attained in the program at the time of the award. The libraries noted below are those that earned a first-time star or a new star level between April 1 and June 30, 2019. For a full listing of PA ForwardTM Star Libraries, visit http://paforwardstarlibraries.org/star-status/. The next round of awards will be announced after Sept. 30, 2019.
The list of awardees, by county, follows:
Carnegie Free of Swissvale – Bronze Community Library of Allegheny Valley – Bronze
Cooper-Siegel Community Library – Silver, 1 Wilkinsburg Public Library – Silver, 3
Apollo Memorial Library – Gold Ford City Public Library – Silver, 5
Exeter Community Library – Silver, 5 Kutztown Community Library – Gold
Schuylkill Valley Community Library – Bronze
Butler Area Public Library – Silver, 5
Chester County Library – Gold Honey Brook Community Library – Silver, 2
Paoli Library – Gold Tredyffrin Public Library – Silver, 5
Knox Public Library – Gold
Springboro Library – Gold
Bosler Memorial Library – Bronze Shippensburg University Library – Gold
Penn State Harrisburg Library – Gold
Haverford Township Free Library – Silver, 3 Marple Public Library – Gold
Erie County Public Library – Silver, 4
Ephrata High School Library – Bronze Manheim Community Library – Silver, 1
Wyoming Free Library – Bronze
Ardmore Library – Gold Horsham Township Library – Silver, 2
Indian Valley Public Library – Silver, 5
Somerset County Library – Silver, 2
Warren Library Association – Silver, 5
Chartiers-Houston Community Library, Silver 5 Citizens Library – Gold
Collinsville Community Library – Gold Red Land Community Library – Silver, 5
Beginning January 2020, once a library achieves the Gold level of the PA Forward Star Library program, libraries will now be able to take steps to maintain their PA Forward Gold Star status. More information about that process, can be found at www.paforwardstarlibraries.org under the Getting Started tab.
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PA Forward® is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.