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PA Forward Information Literacy Summit Registration Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Where will you be July 15? Join us for the 2019 PA Library Association's PA Forward Information Literacy Summit! For registration details, visit

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Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Please see the below from our connection at Girls Who Code: 




Girls Who Code would like to start more free Clubs in PA! Please share this message with any schools, libraries, universities or non-profits who might like to start a Club!


Girls Who Code is a leading national non-profit with the mission to close the gender gap in technology. We have 6.500 Clubs, over 250 of them in PA. My role is to help start new Clubs in PA and NJ. I run a Club in NJ too. There is no cost to run a Club and we offer $300 in grant funding per Club per semester that can be used for snacks and other items!


Our Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs where 3rd-12th grade girls join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models while using computer science to impact their communities. They’ll also practice being brave and resilient -- which has enormous say in how they approach challenges and whether they’ll stick with coding in the years to come.


Here are some resources for your reference, and that you can share out with your network:

·  Clubs Information Flyer: A great overview of our Clubs programs and how we support you

·  3rd-5th Grade Getting Started/Sample Curriculum: Take a peek! We provide free books to our 3-5 grade Clubs.

·  6th-12th Grade Curriculum: You can check out this curriculum by following the instructions below. It’s a quick, non-binding process that lets you interact more with our online platform.

1. Visit our online learning platform, Girls Who Code HQ

2. Create an HQ Account by clicking “Sign Up” and indicating “I want to start a club or I want to volunteer for a club.” (Please note that this brings you to our curriculum preview page, and does not require you to submit a Clubs Application!)

3. You can click on different icons to learn more about our 6th-12th grade Clubs and view a sample of our 6th-12th grade curriculum


If you are interested in starting a Girls Who Code Club, you can apply here. It only takes about 10 minutes! To start a Club you only need: space at a nonprofit location with internet access and computers (for 6th-12th grade), and an adult Facilitator. (And remember, Clubs are led by Facilitators from any background or field--many Facilitators have NO technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members!)


If you are interested in potentially starting two or more Clubs, check out our information about how we work with Clubs Community Partners - including how to obtain additional funding and benefits! Please reach out to me if you would like more information or would like to have a call about a partnership. 


Questions? Contact Eve Balick at

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Clubs  Eve Balick  Girls Who Code  Information Literacy  PA Forward 

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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: Grow With Google Event at Martin Library

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, January 30, 2019

For Immediate Release:                                                                                   

Contact: Peter Schottenfels  / 646-832-6785


January 30, 2019

Google Hosts Free ‘Grow with Google’ Training for Local Small Business Owners, Jobseekers at York County Libraries


Mayor Helfrich and Deputy Sec. for Library Services Glenn Mille

on-hand to address, empower participants


YORK, PA (Jan 30)Visiting Google presenters and coaches hosted free “Grow with Google” workshops today at The Martin Library, with onsite instruction provided to local jobseekers and small businesses on integral digital skills needed in today’s business environment. Grow with Google, the tech company’s initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans, has been touring the state delivering digital skills events. York is the second stop after Philadelphia on Monday. 


“We’re excited to be in York as part of Grow with Google’s tour across America. As we criss-cross Pennsylvania this week, we’re training more than a thousand small businesses and job seekers in new skills that are critical in today’s digital economy. And, to extend the impact of today’s event at the Martin Public Library, we trained education, nonprofit and library leaders from across the region, so that they can share these free resources with their communities going forward,” said Erica Swanson, Google’s Head of Community Engagement.

Google worked with the York County Libraries, York County Economic Alliance and Shippensburg Small Business Development Center to attract workshop attendees and promote the role of small businesses and digitally savvy workers in York’s current and future economic success. Mayor Helfrich and Department of Education Deputy Secretary and Commissioner of Library Services Glenn Miller were onsite at today’s event in support of Google’s digital training efforts. 


Workshops focused on digital skills that help people prepare for or find a job, as well as topics like data analytics and free Search listings that can help small businesses grow. One-on-one coaching sessions also took place with personal instruction on Google Spreadsheets and other GSuite tools.

“York County Libraries is building tomorrow’s transformative learning centers, providing the opportunity for our communities to Imagine, Discover and Connect,” said Robert F. Lambert, President, York County Libraries. “Partnering with "Grow with Google" aligns with our vision to propel York County Libraries forward, bringing people together to build critical digital skills for today's workplace.”

Grow with Google has been on a national tour in partnership with America’s libraries. The tour will host digital skills workshops in libraries in all 50 states and will aim to support libraries’ digital skills offerings on an ongoing basis. Three quarters of public libraries assist patrons with job applications and interviewing skills, and 90% offer basic digital skills training.

To extend the reach of the tour, Google launched the Grow with Google Partner Program to empower nonprofits, libraries, government agencies, educational institutions and other organizations with a range of digital skills resources. Organizations apply to the program and once accepted can use it as a hub for training content, tools and promotional materials. Partners can leverage customized toolkits for getting started, hosting trainings, and sharing Grow with Google programs and resources with their community. 


Starting this week, Pennsylvania libraries are able to apply for funds to kickstart their own digital skills programming. Grow with Google has committed $1 million in microgrants to libraries across the country, through their partnership with the American Library Association. 


“We are thrilled to be partnering with Google for their “Grow with Google” event in York, PA. This is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and community members to enhance their skills in an ever changing digital world,” said Cheryl Young, Consulting Manager, Shippensburg Small Business Development Center


Specifically, Grow with Google aims to help address the skills gap by preparing Americans for middle-skill jobs, positions that require some skills but not four year degrees. According to the National Middle Skills Initiative, middle skills jobs account to 54% of Pennsylvania’s labor force. A recent study by Burning Glass and Capital One found that more than 8 in 10 middle-skill jobs (82%) require digital skills. Overall, middle-skill jobs average $20 per hour. 


In their 2017 Economic Impact Report, Google announced that 60,000 organizations in the state generated $8.18 billion dollars in economic activity by using Google’s search and advertising tools. The full report details Google’s economic impact state-by-state, and features the stories of businesses fueling that growth, creating job opportunities, and transforming their communities.


According to the American Library Association, nearly three-quarters of public libraries assist their patrons with job applications and interviewing skills, 90% help their patrons learn basic digital skills, and just under half provide access and assistance to entrepreneurs looking to start a business of their own.


About ‘Grow with Google’ 

Grow with Google is a new initiative to help create economic opportunities for Americans. The program draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through this initiative, we aim to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and those who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. For more information, please visit



Tags:  Digital  Information Literacy  Skills 

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Partner News: Latest Report on Elder Justice Issues to be released 1/29/19

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, January 28, 2019

News from our PA Forward partners at PA Courts:

The Advisory Council on Elder Justice in the Courts will release their latest progress report on elder justice issues on Tuesday, January 29. 

The event will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the Lt. Governor's Balcony, 2nd floor of the Main Capitol Building in Harrisburg. 


Tags:  Health Literacy  Information Literacy  PA Courts 

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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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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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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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Next PA Forward Information Literacy Summit Taking Place in 2019

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In case you're not aware, there will not be a 2018 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit. Please be on the look out for information regarding the 2019 event once available. Questions can be directed to 

Thanks for your continued support of PA Forward!

Tags:  Information Literacy  PA Forward  Summit 

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