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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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Celebrating National Library Week by Honoring Newest PA Forward Star Libraries!

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Monday, April 8, 2019


Annual observance reminds everyone what libraries provide communities; Star Library Awards announced, recognizing achievements earned Dec. 16, 2018 through March 31, 2019

Mechanicsburg, PA (April 8, 2019) The Pennsylvania Library Association just announced the 2019 first quarter PA Forward Star Library awardees. More than 40 libraries from throughout the state earned their star status and are being recognized by the Association for their efforts to provide patrons with literacy-aligned programs and resources.  


“We continue to be in awe of the work of our libraries and all they are doing to help residents,” said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director. “The PA Forward Star Library acknowledgement shows these libraries have made intentional investments in literacy programming. Whether they have connected individuals with resources about caring for loved ones, or helped people understand the importance of the census, they are providing more than books to check-out. They are educating and investing in the people they connect with. These individuals then turn around and make direct investments in their overall communities. Libraries should be highlighted for those efforts, not just during National Library Week and not just through our PA Forward Star Library awards, but by everyone every day. Because they are changing lives, every day.”  

To read the full release, visit to all of our PA Forward Star Libraries!

Tags:  National Library Week  NLW2019  PA Forward  Star Libraries 

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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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PA Forward's Story - Video Now Available

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, February 6, 2019

From Executive Director Christi Buker: 


Awareness of libraries and all the amazing things that you provide is critical for your success and sustainability!  With that in mind, I am pleased to share with you a link to our NEW video.

Please take a look at this evaluative video of PA Forward. This three-minute video succinctly captures all that PA Forward has accomplished since it’s public launch in 2012 and highlights the breadth of the Star Library Program. This is PA Forward’s story and you are each a part of that. 

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Libraries Earn PA Forward Star Status

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Thursday, December 20, 2018



For Immediate Release


CONTACT: Brandi Hunter-Davenport, PA Forward Project Manager, 717-766-7663 or  




Some 30 libraries obtain Bronze, Silver or Gold PA Forward Stars between

October 1 and December 15, 2018


Mechanicsburg, PA (December 19, 2018) Libraries across Pennsylvania continue showcasing the value they bring to their communities by providing programs and resources which positively support the patrons served and have earned “Star Library” status in the process.  The Pennsylvania Library Association today announced their statewide PA Forward Star Library Program 2018 fourth quarter awardees.


“Using the PA Forward framework, libraries help patrons meet their own needs and those of their loved ones in an ever-evolving society. We are honored to be able to highlight their work and help all residents connect more with these community pillars,” said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director. “These awards signify intentional investments by library staffs to offer programs and resources that correlate to direct investments in the community. A patron coming to the library to access a computer and the internet to submit an online job application or an individual coming to the library to participate in a program that helps them care for an ailing parent are examples of patrons whose lives have been changed, positively, because of the offerings at the local library. The Star Library Program allows us to put a spotlight on how libraries are moving Pennsylvania forward.”  

PA Forward, launched statewide in 2012, works through five key literacies – Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial – to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. To continue helping libraries use PA Forward to demonstrate all their libraries offer, in January 2017, the Association kicked off the Star Library program statewide. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and integrate PA Forward’s literacies in their programming activities. Those libraries are recognized for meeting benchmarks within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program. While one star is awarded for both the bronze and gold levels, a total of five stars are awarded in the silver category – one silver star for each of the five literacies of PA Forward.

Stars are awarded on a quarterly basis in the calendar year and the recognition is for the highest level attained in the program at the time of the award. The following library awards are listed by award and county and are for the newest achievements earned between October 1 and December 15, 2018.    

Bronze Star - A total of 10 Bronze Stars are awarded to the following libraries:

Allegheny County

  • Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
  • Andrew Carnegie Free Library
  • Brentwood Library
  • Cooper-Siegel Community Library
  • Northern Tier Regional Library
  • Robinson Township Library

Butler County

  • Butler Area Public Library

Delaware County

  • Sharon Hill Public Library

Erie County

  • Corry Public Library

Montgomery County

  • Lansdale Public Library

Silver Star – A total of 13 Silver Stars, and the levels reached, are awarded to the following libraries:

Armstrong County

  • Apollo Memorial Library, 3rd

Chester County

  • Paoli Library, 1st

Clarion County

  • Knox Public Library, 4th

Dauphin County

  • Penn State University Harrisburg Library, 1st  

Erie County

  • Corry Public Library, 1st  

Fayette County

  • Carnegie Free Library of Connellsville, 5th  

Lebanon County

  • Lebanon Community Library, 4th

Lehigh County

  • Lower Macungie Library, 5th  

Luzerne County

  • Hazleton Area Public Library, 3rd  

Montgomery County

  • Ardmore Library, 5th  

Monroe County

  • Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1st

Somerset County

  • Meyersdale Public Library, 1st

York County

  • Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 5th  

Gold Star – A total of seven Gold Stars are awarded to the following libraries:

Allegheny County

  • Baldwin Borough Public Library
  • Northland Public Library Authority
  • South Fayette Township Library

Dauphin County

  • Hershey Public Library

Lebanon County

  • Matthews Public Library

Montgomery County

  • Ludington Public Library

York County

  • Guthrie Memorial Library


For more information, including a complete listing of all libraries participating in the program, visit


Tags:  Bronze Star  Gold Star  PA Forward  Silver Star  Star Library 

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Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Tuesday, October 16, 2018

For Immediate Release

October 16, 2018


CONTACT: Brandi Hunter-Davenport, PA Forward Project Manager

717-421-1164 (cell) or  



For Planning Purposes Only




Harrisburg (Dauphin County)—Representatives from the PA Library Association will be joined by state officials, library workers, staffs and volunteers from throughout the commonwealth to discuss community contributions and value libraries add to the areas they serve.   

After the press conference, several libraries will engage in a special educational session, highlighting programs and services they provide to assist patrons with their needs. Members of the public are invited to participate in the morning activities. 


 Event: State officials and PA Library Association representatives spotlight roles of libraries; showcasing the numerous opportunities and resources they make available in their local communities. Poster education session features examples of programs offered by libraries throughout the state.


Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Time: 10:30 a.m. press conference; 11 a.m. education session


Location: East Wing Rotunda of Main Capitol Building

                 PA State Capitol Complex

                 501 N 3rd St

      Harrisburg, PA 17120



Tags:  Media Advisory  PA Forward  Presser 

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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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Article of Interest - The Critical Role Your Neighborhood Library Could be Playing in Public Health

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

From Penn Medicine News: 

The Critical Role Your Neighborhood Library Could be Playing in Public Health

Homelessness, mental health, and more recently, the opioid crisis: Librarians across the country have been on the front lines tackling these issues for years. They guide patrons towards health literature. They connect them to the right care. And they even administer the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone, when necessary.

For the full article text, visit

Tags:  Health  Health Literacy  PA Forward 

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Resource Information Available from PA Forward partners at Alzheimer's Association Greater PA Chapter

Posted By Brandi Hunter-Davenport, Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Our #PAForward partners at the Alzheimer's Association- Greater PA Chapter has some information available for you. The Alzheimer's Association recognizes Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month (ABAM) in June as an opportunity to hold a global conversation about the brain and Alzheimer's disease and other dementia.

Topics covered include: 10 ways to protect your brain, alzheimer's workplace alliance, know the 10 signs, the longest day, 6 steps to approaching alzheimer's and 10 steps to take post diagnosis.

If you're interested in any of these materials, send an email to

Tags:  Alzheimer's Association  Brain Health Awareness  Health Literacy  Longest Day  PA Forward 

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