About a year ago, the Pennsylvania Library Association launched their PA Forward Star Library program to raise awareness of library programs and offerings that help Pennsylvania citizens improve their command of five types of literacy – basic, information, civic & social, health, and financial. Today the program has some 170 libraries registered, including Western Allegheny Community Library, which was recently named as Allegheny County’s first GOLD Level Library.
PA Forward offers support to libraries who participate and clearly demonstrate their incorporation of the literacies through meeting action items within the bronze, silver, and gold levels of the program. As part of PA Forward, Western Allegheny Community Library incorporates the five literacies as a guiding framework for setting service priorities, identifying potential community and funding partners, structuring strategic plans, and building well-rounded, multi-skilled boards. These literacies are essential to greater success in all vital roles of life: as students, as parents, as employees, as consumers, as citizens.
For WACL, the transition into the PA Forward program was a natural one, as its mission has always been “to inspire, engage, and educate the community.” The process simply served to solidify the idea of lifelong learning into the five literacy categories, as well as brand it under the PA Forward initiative.
“Western Allegheny Community Library is very excited to take part in both the program and PA Forward,” said Amanda Kirby, Library Director. “The library already offers a wide variety of programs that fit into PA Forward, but this program gives us a great outline of services we should be providing to the community. We hope that the public will become more aware of the important role libraries play in lifelong learning.”
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