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Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community - Four Week Online Course Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, February 8, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

From our PA Forward partners at NNLM/MAR. 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is recruiting public library staff to participate in the online training, “Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community.” This is a 4-week, online, asynchronous (all self-paced) course where participants will earn 12 continuing education (CE) credits and a certificate. The course is designed to provide public library staff with core competencies of providing health information services and the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies.

The course will begin March 5, 2018, with new content released each Monday. Plan to spend about 3 hours on coursework each week between March 5 and April 1. One additional week will be provided to catch up on assignments if needed. However, because each week involves online discussion with your peers, it is important to keep up with the weekly topics and not attempt to catch up at the end.


This opportunity is part of a project to improve the course content and format to meet the unique needs of public library staff. Participants will be asked to take a short pre- and post-course surveys.

In addition to receiving a certificate for 12 CE hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA), the NNLM will also sponsor the application fee for a Consumer Health Information Specialization certificate from MLA. You will receive a certificate in the mail as well as a digital badge to use online. 

If you are interested please complete this online form.

You will be contacted on February 26, 2018, to let you know if you have been selected for the program.

If you have any questions please contact:

Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA

Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM)

Greater Midwest Region (GMR)

Tags:  National Network Libraries of Medicine  NNLM/MAR  PA Forward 

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Governor's 2018-2019 Budget Proposal

Posted By Christi Buker, Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Governor Wolf presented his proposed budget for 2018-2019 to a joint session of the PA House and Senate yesterday.  For more details, see the Legislative Update

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FREE WEBINAR: Money on our minds: How to help library patrons make financial choices

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Money on our minds: How to help library patrons make financial choices


You are invited to participate in a webinar to learn about CFPB’s financial education resources on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 2:00 to 3:00pm eastern standard time. See below for details.


Many Americans are turning to a trusted source in their communities, their local public library.  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a federal government agency, recognizes that libraries are a powerful and trusted community resource, and has materials specifically for libraries to use to inform their patrons about financial education.  Collaborating with the CFPB makes it easy for libraries to refer your patrons to trusted sources so they can make important money decisions.


Learn more about the value provided for libraries collaborating with CFPB


You can learn more about this exciting opportunity to help empower your patrons in the financial services market through an upcoming webinar conducted by the CFPB.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Step 1:  To join the February 22nd webinar, please go to the following link at the time of the webinar:

(Note that this webinar link will not be live until the day of the webinar).

Step 2:  Listen to the audio by dialing 888-795-5920 and entering participant passcode 77-58-404.


If you have any questions about this webinar—or about CFPB’s Libraries Initiative--please contact Ken McDonnell at

Tags:  CFPB  Coonsumer Financial Protection Bureau  Financial Literacy 

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2018 Media Toolkits Help Libraries

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, February 2, 2018

In December, we shared the 2018 media tool kits for January, February and March with you. Below is the response from our members, Melissa Rowse, Degenstein Library  Director. 

"Ladies, Thank you!  Muchas Gracias!  Dank! Merci! I totally love the February's media packet.  Love that it has included facebook posts with images.  I am so totally using these.  This is one of the best ones that I have opened so far. Thank you so much.  You have saved me tons of time trying to come up with social media posts.  I also am sending the press release tomorrow. You all rock!!!  Thank you again. I can't wait to see what else is released.  And here's to moving PA Forward."

You're welcome, Melissa! Let's keep moving forward, together!

Be on the look out for the April, May and June tool kits very soon. These materials are provided by the PR & Marketing Committee with support from other sub-committees and the PA Forward Literacy Teams.

Tags:  Melissa Rowse  PA Forward  PR & Marketing 

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PA Forward Training is Available! Schedule today!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, January 29, 2018

Does your library want to become a PA Forward Star Library and you're not quite sure how to get started? Do you need help incorporating the PA Forward framework into your programs?


Check out the trainings we have available at


For more information or to set up a training, send an email to 

Tags:  PA Forward  Star Library  Training 

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PHC's Teen Reading Lounge is Expanding!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, January 29, 2018

The Teen Reading Lounge program is expanding! Read this article from our PA Forward partners at the PA Humanities Council to learn more!


Tags:  Basic Literacy  PA Humanities Council  PHC  Teen Reading Lounge 

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Update: PLA PaLA Pre-Conferences

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Friday, January 26, 2018

The PA Forward session previously scheduled for March 20 as a part of the Public Library Association (PLA) Conference [pre-conference line up] has been cancelled.

The March 21 pre-conference session on libraries as welcoming spaces is now sold out. 

For more information about the 2018 PLA Conference, visit 

Tags:  PaLA Pre-Conference  PLA Conference 

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Delayed opening on 1/17/18

Posted By Christi Buker, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Due to the snow and road conditions, the Pennsylvania Library Association office will open at 9:30 am on Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  Hope everyone stays safe!

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Submit your health literacy program to ALA!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Our PA Forward partners at the National Network Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is working with the Public Library Association (PLA) on the Promoting Healthy Communities, a consumer health initiative. 


As a part of this initiative, libraries can submit a brief write-up about health wellness programs you're implementing, to ALA’s Programming Librarian website. This free website contains a wide variety of program ideas for libraries. Library professionals are encouraged to submit their own programs for publication in a section of the website called Program Models. View the Programming Librarian Program Model database here.


To submit your program for consideration, please fill out the “Share Your Program” webform available on the website. If you prefer, you can email your submission (using this Word document provided at the previous link) to


Programs from all library types are welcome. Please limit your submissions to programs that have taken place within the past two years. Questions can be directed to


Tags:  ALA  Health Literacy  NNLM  PLA 

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Check out the latest PA Forward Star Libraries!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Is your library working toward it's star status? Read our latest press release highlighting the PA Forward Star Libraries and the levels reached between October and December 2017.



Tags:  PA Forward  PaLA  Star Library Program 

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