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First Quarter Star Library Awards Being Distributed Soon

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We just wrapped up the first quarter of 2019 and that means we're preparing #PAForward #StarLibrary awards! Libraries that achieved any level of star status between December 16 and March 31 will receive their official awards in the coming days. We take the first few days of the next quarter (every time) to do final checks on submissions and ensure all star awards are up-to-date. So for libraries that made any achievements between mid-December and March 31 AND successfully submitted for your star(s) via the Star website, you will receive your official award in the next few days. Awards are made for the highest level earned at the time of the award period.

For anyone interested in a comprehensive listing of PA Forward Star Libraries, visit Official awards will continue to be made on a quarterly basis. If anyone has any questions about the program, please send an email to

Congrats to all of our #StarLibraries!


Tags:  Awards  Basic Literacy  Civic Literacy  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy  Information Literacy  PA Forward  Social Literacy  Star Library 

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Member News: Two PA librarians named by ALA as Intellectual Freedom Bloggers for 2019

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, January 17, 2019

Congrats to Pennsylvania Library Association members Tess Wilson and Lisa Rand for being named as 2019 Intellectual Freedom Bloggers by the American Library Association! To read the full announcement, cut and paste the below link into your web browser:

Tags:  American Library Association  Blog  Civic Literacy  Information Literacy  Intellectual Freedom  Social Literacy 

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Article of Interest - I’m a public librarian.

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, July 2, 2018

Full article available at:

This story is a part of Open Data PGH, a joint reporting project by and PublicSource on open data trends in Pittsburgh. 


I’m a public librarian. This is why I’m also a civic-tech advocate

This is a guest post by Tess Wilson, a LYNCS outreach librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

"...There are software developers working closely with companies to incorporate new tech into their systems. There are city planners who envision a Pittsburgh built on a foundation of free and open data. There are curious citizens coding for a better community, county employees who carry with them the weight of the big picture, and funders with an eye for innovation.

And, of course, there are staff from the public library..."

Tags:  Civic Literacy  Information Literacy  PA Forward 

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The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath - Community-Wide Forum in York County

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, June 5, 2018

On May 30, Martin Library (York County) opened their building for a community-wide forum, “The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath.” The program drew 170 members of the community, including seniors, young adults and children with their families. The panel discussion, hosted by the York Daily Record discussed precursors to the 1968 and 1969 race riots, the history surrounding the riots and Charrette following them.

A Charrette is described as a form of community group therapy. Discussion focused on key findings of the Charrette: the need for transportation, equitable medical care and affordable housing. Many changes have occurred in York during the 50 years since the race riots.

Panelists represented community agencies such as York Daily Record, Family First Health, Crispus Attucks, Rabbittransit, Wellspan, York NAACP and the City of York Human Relations Commission. Participants shared how York has dealt with these issues and acknowledged more must be done, while sharing their personal stories and observations. Ideas for future action include creation of a county-wide human relations commission, engaging youth in the community and inclusion of more minority groups and diverse populations into this discussion.

A Charrette 2.0 is being planned.

To see more event photos, visit 


Tags:  Charrette  Civic Literacy  Community Forum  Social Literacy 

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May 30 Community Forum: The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath -

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, May 17, 2018

The York Daily Record is hosting a Community Forum at Martin Library, 159 E Market St in York on May 30th at 7 p.m.

The Riots, the Charrette & the Aftermath -

After the race riots in 1968 and 1969, York held a Charrette, described as a form of civic group therapy. The community-wide forum focused on the causes of the wrenching unrest and ways to address those crucial issues. Several organizations grew directly out of that effort, which covered nine days in April 1970: Family First Health, Rabbittransit, The Housing Council and York Housing Development Corporation. About 50 years after the riots and the Charrette, how far has York come in dealing with these weighty community issues – and how much work is left to be done?

The event is free and open to the public.

The evening's panelists include: 
Jim McClure – York Daily Record
Jenny Englerth – Family First Health
Michael Jefferson – Crispus Attucks
Richard Farr – Rabbittransit
Dr. Kenneth Woerthwein – York NAACP and City of York Human Relations Commission
Dr. Deborah McMillan – WellSpan Health

This event touches on #CivicLiteracy#SocialLiteracy#HealthLiteracy, and #FinancialLiteracy.

Tags:  Civic Literacy  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy  Martin Library  Social Literacy 

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Tredyffrin Library Hosting One Day One Voice Event

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Main Line Library Hosting Gun Violence Awareness Event Wednesday March 14


A Main Line library is gearing up to host an event that will focus on gun violence on Wednesday, March 14.

From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Tredyffrin Library will host an event from One Day One Voice, a non- profit grassroots movement that started in Roanoke, Virginia after the school tragedy in Parkland, Florida on February 14.

To read the full article, visit 

Thanks to the Compendium for sharing this article with us.

Tags:  Anti-Violence  Civic Literacy  Health Literacy  Social Literacy  Tredyffrin 

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