Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join PaLA!
PA Forward Commons
Group HomeGroup Home Blog Home Group Blogs
Sharing our common wealth of knowledge. Get great ideas, or send us your success stories. Click on a tag below, or do a keyword search using "PA Forward Commons" and your search terms.

 

Search all posts for:   

 

Top tags: Adults  Children  Civic & Social  Teens  Basic  Health  Financial  Information  Basic Literacy  Civic Literacy  Social Literacy  Information Literacy  Health Literacy  PA Forward  Civic and Social Literacy  Financial Literacy  Book Discussion  Civic & Social Literacy  STEAM  Children's Programs  Civic and Social  Community Library of Allegheny Valley  Computer Basics  Medicare  STEM  Story Time  Storytime  Summer Reading  1000 Book Before Kindergarten  Adult 

Preschool Story Hour

Posted By Beth Milanak, Dir, Kittanning Public Library, 724-543-1383, beth.milanak@armstronglibraries.org , Friday, December 7, 2018

Library Type

Public

Description 

Our library hosts a weekly, year-round program for preschoolers. Every Friday, we have story hour for the young patrons, which includes stories, crafts, games, and music. The library spends about $100 to cover the supplies and crafts. Community Foundation grants are also sometimes used for the children's programs. We also have parents who donate money toward materials as well. 

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Story Hour  Story Time 

Share |
Permalink
 

Computer Tutor Outreach

Posted By Ellen Goodman, Director, Andrew Bayne Memorial Library, 412-766-7447, goodmane@einetwork.net , Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Library Type

Public

Description 

Once a month, a librarian visits Metowers Senior Living facility to help residents use the Internet, Microsoft Office and their personal devices. Meetings are scheduled one-on-one in 15-minute increments. Residents often return month after month, building upon their information literacy skill set. There is no cost to attend.  

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Civic and Social Literacy  Computer Basics  Information Literacy 

Share |
Permalink
 

Health and Aging Series

Posted By Jill McConnell, Cooper-Siegel Community Library, 412-828-9520, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

 

Library Type

Public

Description 

We partnered with a local dietitian and nutritionist who connected us to a local physical therapist and associate professor of medicine at University of Pittsburgh. Each professional led a session based on their expertise. We hosted three separate sessions; one on Memory and Brain Health, one on Bone Health and one on Nutrition. All three sessions focused on how each of these things are affected as we age. The program was free to the public. 

Tags:  Health Literacy  Nutrition 

Share |
Permalink
 

ESL Classes with Literacy Pittsburgh

Posted By Diana D'Agostino, Marketing & Program Coordinator, Dormont Public Library, 412.531.8754 , Friday, November 9, 2018

Library Type

Public

Description 

ESL: Non-native English speakers at Intermediate or Advanced levels of English proficiency are invited to join staff from Literacy Pittsburgh twice a week for ESL classes. We offer classes twice a week for both the Intermediate-level students and the Advanced-level students, for a total of four classes per week.

Citizenship: Individuals looking to prepare to apply for US citizenship who have registered for this program meet with a trained instructor from Literacy Pittsburgh on a weekly basis in order to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to perform well on the citizenship exam. 

We partner with Literacy Pittsburgh for both of our ESL programs, our Citizenship program, and any other relevant programs. 

Questions can be emailed to dormontprogramming@einetwork.net. 

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Civic Literacy  Social Literacy 

Share |
Permalink
 

Young Professionals Bootcamp

Posted By Dennis Luther, Director, Brentwood Library, 412-882-5694, lutherd@einetwork.net , Friday, November 9, 2018

Library Type

Public

Description 

Children ages 8-12 can get a jump-start on money matters as Kian Nowrouzi brings his Young Professionals Bootcamp to the library for a four-week session covering financial literacy topics such as budgeting, business, personal finance and investments, all age-appropriate and presented in a mix of interactive presentations and games to help children learn how to become responsible money managers. 

This is a partnership between Brentwood, Baldwin and Whitehall Libraries. The three libraries split the $200 cost to offer the program.  

Tags:  Financial Literacy 

Share |
Permalink
 

November Elections Discussion

Posted By Johnna Melchiorre, Info Srvcs Lib, Butler Area Public Lib, jmelchiorre@bcfls.org, 724-287-1715 , Monday, October 22, 2018

Library Type

Public

Description 

Every vote counts!! November Elections Discussion: one of our citizens who spent 24 years as the managing editor of our local newspaper hosted a discussion surrounding the upcoming election on November 6, 2018. Participants discussed who the local candidates are as well as the issues facing our local community. Topics of conversation included the impact of gerrymandering, who actually runs an election, who pays for an election and how much does it costs. The floor was open to participants to ask questions and receive answers and opinions from their neighbors. This program allowed citizens to participate in a conversation that enhanced understanding, contributed to the community and enriched the lives of our local citizens. 

Tags:  Civic Literacy  Social Literacy 

Share |
Permalink
 

Getting to Know Your Computer

Posted By Diane Illis, Director, Northern Tier Library, 724-449-2665, illisd@einetwork.net , Monday, October 22, 2018

 

Library Type

Public

Description 

 

Do you feel baffled by technology that everyone else seems to understand? Join us at the Northern Tier Library on Thursday, November 15, 2:00-3:30 PM, for some basic computer training that will get you up to speed in no time.
In this introductory class, you will learn:
How to configure and customize your Windows desktop
How to set security options and keep your computer running efficiently
How to create basic Word documents
How to create a monthly budget in Microsoft Excel
Advance registration is required. If possible, please bring your own laptop to the class as the library owns a limited number of laptops. 

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  Computer Basics  Information Literacy 

Share |
Permalink
 

Scary Stories for Teens

Posted By Mary Menk, Dir, Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall, menkm2@einetwork.net, 412-276-3456 , Monday, October 15, 2018

Library Type

Public

Description 

In partnership with storyteller, Mary Morgan Smith, we offer Scary Stories for Teens, for grades sixth through seventh. The program is free to attend but registration is required. The event is taking place October 30 and will run 6 to 7 p.m.

Are you afraid of the dark? Join us for spooky tales with professional storyteller, Mary Morgan Smith. The first 25 registered participants are eligible for a free ghost tour after the movie. Refreshments provided. 

 

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Scary Stories for Teens 

Share |
Permalink
 

Primary School Read A Thon with Bonus Reading at the Library

Posted By Michelle Lesniak, Dir, S Butler Comm Library, 724.352.4810, director@southbutlerlibrary.org , Monday, October 15, 2018

Library Type

Public

Description 

In 2016 when the South Butler Primary School sent a letter to the library requesting a prize donation for their Read-A-Thon, we contacted them and suggested they provide a bonus if students came and read at the library or attended a Library Elementary Program. They thought it was a great idea and our partnership was born. When the students (grades kindergarten through third) attend the programs, we provide juice and popcorn to the readers. We have a minimal cost of $25 to provide a drink and snack and those costs are covered by a supportive patron. This is the third year of our successful partnership. 

Download File (PDF)

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Read-A-Thon 

Share |
Permalink
 

Letter "A" Storytime

Posted By Stephanie Bragg, Children's Librarian, Paoli Library, sbragg@ccls.org, Monday, October 8, 2018

 

Library Type

Public

Description 

For this special storytime, we read books and sang songs that featured the letter "A" as well had a craft making activity. The participants (along with their caregivers) used fine motor skills to paint a paper plate apple to take home. The cost was minimal as we secured supplies from the local Dollar Store. 

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Storytime 

Share |
Permalink
 
Page 6 of 43
1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  >   >>   >| 

Contact Us

220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
717-766-7663 Phone
717-766-5440 Fax
800-622-3308 (PA Only)