What's New at PA Forward®

North Wales Area Public Library Awarded 2023 Best PA Forward(R) Adult Literacy Program

Human Library named 2023 Best PA Forward(R) Adult Literacy Program! North Wales Area Public Library was recognized by the municipalities […]

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2023 PA Forward® Adult Programming Awards Announced

2023 PA Forward® Adult Programming Awards Basic Literacy A Story to Tell Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity Information Literacy […]

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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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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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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.

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