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Ashley Flynn

By Ashley Flynn One short year ago, my group mates and I were immersed in a professional development workshop unlike any other. We graduated from PALS, the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies, with the 2015 class. On the surface, this workshop is designed to increase the leadership...

Sarah Applegate

by Sarah Applegate PA Forward Civic and Social Literacy Summit March 8, 2016 at the Dickinson School of Law I’m going to be honest here and say that when I was first asked about attending this workshop my immediate reaction was no.  I hear terms like “civic” and I’m...

Sarah Applegate

by Sarah Applegate Youth Services Manager Coyle Free Library A few years ago, during Summer Reading Club, I ran a session of teen programs revolving around the Disney/Pixar movies. The programs were based on a theory I read online.  I used the “Fizz, Boom, Read” science theme...

Sarah Applegate

    by Sarah Applegate A new year means new book orders!  Here’s a list of “coming soon”, new, and newer books to help you bulk up your PA Forward literacies collection. Titles are grouped by age within the literacies.  Most are nonfiction but I tried...

Sarah Applegate

by Sarah Applegate As the holidays approach, I know every children’s librarian is swiftly preparing their holiday story times and various other special activities for the youth room. One of the more popular topics for a holiday program is The Polar Express, which can open the...

Sarah Applegate

Sarah Applegate by Sarah Applegate Currently Reading: The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett I recently took on a full-time youth services position within my library and now find myself having to plan programs for birth to teen. Preschool and teen programming is easy for me....

Sarah Applegate

    Sarah Applegate On August 8, 2015 we had our final Summer Reading Club program for the teen group at Coyle Free Library, which turned out to be a fundraiser for the fall.  I was hesitant about hosting a car wash with a group of teenagers at first but, let me tell...

Sarah Applegate

Sarah Applegate, Currently Reading: Rook by Sharon Cameron       Summer Youth Day: The Basics For those unfamiliar with the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire,  it’s basically a large carnival that happens every weekend from the beginning of August until the end of...

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By Ashley Flynn By nature, libraries are constantly changing and evolving.  PA Forward represents an important step forward for Pennsylvania libraries in the way we market our programs, services and resources. Most libraries are already engaging all five literacies, but might...