In early 2017, the Pennsylvania Library Association launched the Star Library program as a way to recognize libraries working to improve their communities through the PA Forward initiative. Introduced five years ago, PA Forward aims to improve Pennsylvania’s citizens, communities, economy, and workforce through library services with a focus on the five types of literacy – basic, information, civic & social, health, and financial. Of the 46 libraries in Allegheny County, Western Allegheny Community Library was recognized as the first Gold Star Library. The award was the culmination of 6 months of hard work by the staff and board. See the Annual Report for details on our “Star Library” year in 2017!