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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Pa Forward(R) Launches Virtual Programming Library

Pa Forward(R) is excited to announce the launch of a virtual programming library.  Watch high quality library programming brought to […]

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Our Mission

PA Forward® will benefit Pennsylvania's LIBRARIES and all the PENNSYLVANIANS who use them by:

  • Making library services available for all Pennsylvania citizens
  • Strengthening state-supported library services and leveraging greater local and private support
  • Providing more databases at a lower cost and a better statewide delivery system
  • Bolstering the recognized link between library service and workforce development
  • Raising the profile and importance of libraries and librarians
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PA Forward® promotes and benefits all libraries. For academic libraries, the campaign strengthens the public’s perception that academic institutions provide great benefits to their local communities by sharing resources and services with the community as well as students and faculty. For school libraries, PA Forward® reinforces what experience tells us – that students in schools with strong libraries learn more, get better grades, and achieve higher test scores than their peers without libraries.

For public libraries, PA Forward® positions them as essential to a growing customer base of private and municipal organizations and individuals. It also showcases them as high-quality early learning providers which ultimately saves taxpayer dollars otherwise needed for remedial programs.