Fleet­wood Pub­lic Li­brary rec­og­nized for achiev­ing Sil­ver Level 3

Nearly 200 li­braries have taken the PA For­ward tools a step fur­ther and reg­is­tered for the As­so­ci­a­tion’s Star Li­brary Pro­gram

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - RELIGION - From Penn­syl­va­nia Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion

Li­braries con­tinue to be strong com­mu­nity re­sources, demon­strat­ing the power of lit­er­acy in ac­tion. Us­ing the Penn­syl­va­nia Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion’s PA For­ward frame­work, li­braries high­light the var­i­ous pro­grams they of­fer, demon­strat­ing how those pro­grams re­sult in in­vest­ments in the pa­trons be­ing served. From story times to Home Fi­nance 101 pro­grams, li­braries are the cog in the wheel that pow­ers Penn­syl­va­nia.

Nearly 200 li­braries have taken the PA For­ward tools a step fur­ther and reg­is­tered for the As­so­ci­a­tion’s Star Li­brary Pro­gram. PA For­ward works through five key lit­era­cies – Ba­sic, In­for­ma­tion, Civic & So­cial, Health and Fi­nan­cial – to as­sist all res­i­dents in en­hanc­ing their over­all qual­ity of life. The Star Li­brary recog­ni­tion of­fers sup­port to li­braries who par­tic­i­pate and clearly demon­strate their in­cor­po­ra­tion of the lit­era­cies in their pro­gram­ming ac­tiv­i­ties. Those li­braries are rec­og­nized for meet­ing ac­tion items within the bronze, sil­ver and gold star lev­els of the pro­gram.

Fleet­wood Area Pub­lic Li­brary, who achieved Sil­ver, Level 3, was among the li­braries to be rec­og­nized in the fourth quar­ter of 2017 for their high­est level of star sta­tus achieved be­tween Oct. 1 and Dec. 15.

“More and more li­braries are un­der­stand­ing how they are an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of mov­ing Penn­syl­va­nia for­ward,” said Penn­syl­va­nia Li­brary As­so­ci­a­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Christi Buker. “Li­braries are com­mu­nity pil­lars that of­fer a sig­nif­i­cant ar­ray of pro­grams and re­sources. Li­braries, and the pro­fes­sion­als in the build­ing, use these re­sources to in­vest in the lo­cal com­mu­nity and pa­trons. In turn, in­di­vid­u­als will ben­e­fit from these in­vest­ments through improvements in their own lives – whether health, fi­nan­cial, so­cial, or ba­sic lit­er­acy and leisure. Stronger in­di­vid­u­als can then con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity, the econ­omy, our chil­dren and schools, and thereby help all of Penn­syl­va­nia more for­ward. The Star Li­brary pro­gram is our way of dis­tin­guish­ing all that li­braries are con­tribut­ing to our com­mu­ni­ties and an op­por­tu­nity to spot­light their amaz­ing work.

“We are very proud of all that PA li­braries of­fer, par­tic­u­larly in light of the lim­ited fi­nan­cial re­sources that most pub­lic li­braries are chal­lenged by,” Buker added. “These stars are our way of ac­knowl­edg­ing com­mu­nity aware­ness and high qual­ity work.”

A repos­i­tory of the types of pro­grams that qual­ify li­braries for Star Li­brary sta­tus can be found in the PA For­ward Com­mons found at http:// bit.ly/2ilY9Iv.

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