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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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Partner News: Financial Literacy Resource for Teens 2/26 Webinar

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, February 12, 2019

From the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: 

We are working with WebJunction on a webinar on February 26th on financial literacy resources for teens. This webinar will feature Leslie Jones, Youth Financial Education Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; and Rachel Grimes, Assistant Director of Financial Readiness, Student Money Management Center, University of North Texas, who leads teen financial literacy initiatives at the Plano Public Library. Here is a link to the registration site:


Tags:  Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  Financial Literacy 

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Resource News: "What does financial literacy mean to me?" - Contest for school students

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Check out the attached flier from Harrisburg University about a statewide financial literacy contest. Entries being accepted until November 26.

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Tags:  Financial Literacy 

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Libraries Work with PA Forward Partners at Insurance to Host Open Enrollment Sessions

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

The PA Insurance Department, a PA Forward partner, will be hosting a series of open enrollment health insurance plan sessions at state libraries through November and December. 

The following sessions have been scheduled:

November 5

Richland Community Library, Lebanon County, 2-6 p.m.

November 6

Slippery Rock Community Library, Butler County, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Greenville Area Public Library, Mercer County, 1-3 p.m.

St. Mary's Public Library, Elk County, 4-6 p.m.

November 7

Manheim Township Library, Lancaster County, 4-6 p.m.

November 8

Ashland Public Library, Schuylkill County, 4-6 p.m.

November 15

Emmaus Public Library, Lehigh County, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

November 27

Palmyra Public Library, Lebanon County, 4-6 p.m.

Manheim Township Library, Lancaster County, 4-6 p.m.

December 12

Adams Memorial Library, Westmoreland County, 4-6 p.m.

Adams County Library, Adams County, 4-6 p.m. 

The sessions are being offered to provide residents with information about individual health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Attendees can also sign-up for the selected plan on-site. 

From the PA Insurance Department's press release: 

“Open enrollment for individual health insurance plans under the ACA runs through December 15, and I encourage Mercer County residents who need coverage to take advantage of this opportunity,” Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said. “Trained navigators will be on hand to help people find the best deal for the coverage they need. There is no cost for the assistance navigators provide.”

“Many people could find comparable plans at lower prices than they are now paying,” Altman said.

Altman noted about four out of five Pennsylvanians currently insured through the ACA with plans bought on the website receive subsidies to offset much of their premiums. Individuals with incomes up to approximately $48,560 are eligible for tax credit subsidies, and families of four with incomes up to approximately $100,400 are eligible.

Information about health plans available by county, along with other resource information is available at 

Tags:  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy 

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Partner News: Health Insurance Literacy Resources Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, October 22, 2018

Some of your libraries have scheduled visits with our PA Forward partners at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to assist patrons with the open enrollment process this year. 


The department has shared some resources, including a few videos, to help provide an insurance 101 overview for your patrons. Check out this link and feel free to share with your patrons if you like: 


The department also has rack cards available for you. Check out the graphic attached. If any of you would like to have copies sent to your libraries, send an email request to 

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Tags:  Financial Literacy  Health Literacy  Information Literacy  Insurance 

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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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PA Forward Partner First National Bank Resources

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, April 16, 2018
Check out this program information from our PA Forward partners at First National Bank!

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Tags:  Financial Literacy 

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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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