What's New at PA Forward®

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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Pa Forward(R) Partner Department of Aging Announcement

PACE Program expands its low-cost medication program for seniors Income limits for the PACE Program have expanded by $6,000, meaning […]

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Keystone Scholars and the PA Library Association

The PAForward™ Program of the Pennsylvania Library Association through its ongoing partnership with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department’s Keystone Scholars program […]

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What is Pa Forward®?

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward®, was conceived to give voice to what the library community already knows, and what other states throughout the nation are also recognizing:

With the right support, libraries 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.
Libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They’re agile institutions serving real-life needs. Libraries are the key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in Pennsylvania by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.
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PA Forward® Steering Committee Members

Working in tandem with the PA Forward Project Manager, the Steering Committee advises on the best ways to lead and sustain the statewide initiative, working to ensure lasting results through library community engagement,  partnership development, training and outreach, fundraising and by measuring impact.

Jessica Church – Chair, Erie County Library

Jennifer Luksa - Vice-Chair, Misericordia University

Ann Snowman, Retired – Penn State University

Ed Wolf, HSLC

Helen Taylor, Ephrata Public Library

Sandy Longo, Abington Community Library

Catherine Stewart, Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity

Robyn Vitek,  Mt. Lebanon Community Library