PA Forward: Why It’s Important to Pennsylvania
PA Forward - Pennsylvania Libraries is a new initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. It was created 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 citizens.
Libraries are no longer just buildings that house books. Today’s libraries are agile institutions serving real-life needs. They hold 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 and the Commonwealth’s Libraries
PA Forward will make library services available for all Pennsylvania citizens; strengthen state-supported library services and leverage greater local and private support; have an integrated library system that will not only lower local costs, but improve resourse-sharing for citizens; provide more databases at a lower cost and through a better statewide delivery system; bolster the recognized link between library service and workforce development; and raise the profile and importance of libraries and librarians.
For public libraries, PA Forward will position them as essential to a growing customer base of private and municipal organizations and individuals and as high-quality early learning providers that ultimately save taxpayer dollars otherwise needed for remedial programs.
-Pennsylvania Library Association
By becoming a PA Forward Gold Star Library, Southern Lehigh Public Library is joining a unified voice that demonstrates how our libraries are ideally positioned to elevate the quality of life of the state’s residents and are truly integral components of the progress and future of Pennsylvania. The PA Forward Star Program offers recognition for our efforts in incorporating PA Forward logos and the five key literacies (Basic, Information, Civic and Social, Health and Financial) into our programming, activities, events and displays. The program is organized into three levels; the Bronze Star, five Silver Literacy Stars and ultimately the GOLD!