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We're a PA Forward Gold Star Library: Discover, Connect & Grow

What is a PA Forward Star Library?

Imagine a future where all Pennsylvania public, special, academic and school libraries unite in a shared vision of helping residents succeed as citizens, parents, students, employers, employees and consumers. This is the goal of The Pennsylvania Library Association’s PA Forward initiative.

PA Forward was conceived to give voice to what our library community already knows: 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.

How Does Basic Literacy Help Me?

  • Increase your literacy skills which will enhance your training in the workforce, and contribute to a growing economy, tax base and population.
  • Check out our free digital and print materials and services for all ages. 
  • Attend our storytimes and book clubs.
  • Become a teen or adult volunteer.
  • Participate in our winter summer reading initiative programs for children, teens and adults.

How Does Information Literacy Help Me?

  • Use online resources and current technology to improve your education, enhance job skills and fully participate in our digital society.
  • Use our free Wi-Fi service and computers.
  • Attend our one-on-one tutoring sessions with our Book a Librarian to learn how to use email, download e-books or any other digital resources. Call 610.398.1361 x13 or email wanamakerb@parklandlibrary to reserve your session.
  • Attend our adult Technology Help Desk and Plug Into Tech events, and Technology Help Desk for seniors.
  • Access our free digital courses through Universal Class.

How Does Civic and Social Literacy Help Me?

  • Increase your knowledge and skills to improve your life by participating and contributing effectively in our community.
  • Check out our print materials collection addressing a variety of civic and social topics: internet technology, history, self-help, gardening, language and DIY, just to name a few. 
  • Access our free digital resources such as Rosetta Stone, Ancestry and Heritage Quest to discover and grow.
  • Attend our free community events such as Tricia Talks: Tuesday Transformation, Travel with Savvy and What's Your Story.

How Does Health Literacy Help Me?

  • Become an active citizen to manage your family’s well being and become effective partners with health care providers and therefore live longer, more productive lives.
  • Access our free digital resources such as Salem History, Health & Literature and Universal Class.
  • Attend our free community events such as Medicare Enrollment Assistance and Senior Yoga

How Does Financial Literacy Help Me?

  • Become an informed consumer; and an informed individual, small business or organization who will contribute to economic vitality of our communities through innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development.
  • Access our free digital resources such as PowerLibrary and Universal Class.
  • Attend our free community events such as Investor's Forum and Money Smart Week.

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