Three years in the planning, the Pennsylvania Library Association has launched an initiative called “PA Forward Pennsylvania Libraries” designed to make public, academic and school libraries across Pennsylvania a community center of information, technology, and learning, ideally leading to a better quality of life for its users.
It’s a far cry from the library image of being just a repository for books.
“The library is a lifeline for so many people. I keep talking about the commonweal and the common good. It’s good for the community to share in all these resources. There are no dumb questions. We help anybody, no matter what the request,” commented Indian Valley Public Library director Linda Beck.
PA Forward project manager Kathy Silks said that based on input from PLA members on best practices, the Keystone State’s libraries now have a toolbox at their disposal with ideas and methods to inform its community about how they can improve their basic literacy, information literacy, civic and social literacies, health literacy, and financial literacy.
Direct to PA Forward Web Site