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Pennsylvania Library Association recognizes libraries for PA Forward® Star achievements earned between September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2021

Mechanicsburg, PA (January 25, 2022) – The Pennsylvania Library Association just announced the 2021 fourth quarter PA Forward® Star Library awardees. More than 35 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 Forward® 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 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 that 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 Forward®, 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 Forward® 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 Forward®’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 by their peers 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 Forward®. 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 September 30 and December 31, 2021. For more information about the Star Library Program, visit https://paforward.org/pa-forward-star-program/.

The next round of awards will be announced after April 6, 2022.

The list of awardees, by county, follows:

Allegheny County

Borough of Jefferson Hills Library – Gold, Maintenance

Avalon Public Library – Bronze                                Northland Public Library – Gold, Maintenance

Brentwood Library – Gold, Maintenance              South Park Township Library – Gold, Maintenance

Sewickley Public Library – Gold, Maintenance

Berks County

Reading Public Library – Gold, Maintenance

Bernville Area Community Library – Silver, 5

Bucks County

Free Library of Northampton Township – Gold, Maintenance

Cambria County

Carrolltown Public Library – Silver, 2

Centre County

Centre Hall Area Branch, Silver, 3                                         

Centre County Library and Historical Museum – Silver, 3

Penn State University Park Library – Bronze

Holt Memorial Library – Silver, 4

Chester County

Chester Springs Library – Bronze

Clinton County

Annie Halenbake Ross Library – Gold, Maintenance

Cumberland County

Bosler Memorial Library – Gold, Maintenance

Delaware County

Yeadon Public Library – Gold

Indiana County

Indiana Free Library – Gold, Maintenance

Lackawanna County

North Pocono Public Library – Gold, Maintenance

Carbondale Public Library – Gold, Maintenance

Scranton Public Library (Albright Memorial Library) Gold, Maintenance

Lancaster County

Adamstown Area Library – Silver, 5

Ephrata Public Library – Gold, Maintenance

Manheim Township Public Library – Silver, 2

Manheim Community Library – Gold

Lehigh County

Coplay Public Library – Bronze

Parkland Community Library – Gold, Maintenance

Lycoming County

James V. Brown Library – Gold, Maintenance

Mercer County

Community Library of the Shenango Valley – Gold, Maintenance

Montgomery County

Bala Cynwyd Memorial Library – Gold, Maintenance

Washington County

Peters Township Public Library – Gold, Maintenance

Frank Sarris Public Library – Silver, 3

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.   


This project is made possible, in part, by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

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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.