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  by Diane Schmidt All libraries use displays as a way to draw attention toward a specific subject for their patrons.  It is a simple way to alert users of different materials and services available at your location. It is part of what our patrons expect when they come into...

The first of three panel discussions on the topic of Community Needs for Library Services was held on February 25, 2015 at the Carlisle Area School District.  More than 90 people attended, including County Commissioners and Library System Board members.  Experts from the United...

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  By Adam Balcziunas As you probably already know, information literacy (IL) is one of five “essential literacies” identified by PA Forward that all Pennsylvanians need in order to succeed in the various aspects of their lives.  Last October, I wrote about the ongoing...

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by Beth Cackowski When was the last time you read a Civics textbook? Well, I bet I can make you read a chapter of one! Civics and You: Your Key to PA Local Government was published by the Pennsylvania Municipal League in 2014 as an eBook for 9th and 10th grade students studying...

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. This year’s campaign slogan is “Defeat Monster Mouth.” In celebration of the month, and to learn about how to increase awareness of the importance of dental health in your libraries, please join the Bureau of Health Planning...

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  by Jill McConnell I attended a Trustee Town Hall meeting last year where Kathy Silks mentioned that libraries can use PA Forward in their strategic planning process. That sounded like a great idea to me, but I wasn’t quite sure how to put it into practice until I spoke...

  by Adam Balcziunas Planning for the third annual PA Forward Information Literacy Summit is underway!  The 2015 IL Summit will take place on July 29 and, as in previous years, will be held in Penn State University’s Paterno Library.  Having had the opportunity to attend...

by Beth Cackowski The PA Forward Health Literacy team made incredible strides in 2014 with regards to making libraries part of the healthcare conversation in Pennsylvania. Jody Cole, chair of team, told me about some of the breakthroughs they have made with team partners in the...

— Submitted by Kathy Silks, Project Manager, PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries 2014 was a banner year for PA Forward, thanks to the dedication, strategic thinking, and very hard work of so many people:  the project’s Steering Committee and its seven subcommittees, five...