PA Forward® Initiative

The Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward®, was conceived to give voice to what the library community already knows, and what other states throughout the nation are also recognizing:

With the right support, libraries are ideally positioned to become the community centers of information, technology, and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.

Libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They’re agile institutions serving real-life needs. Libraries can be key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in PA by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.

The Quarryville Library is a Bronze Star library which recognizes the importance of the PA Forward® initiative and incorporates all five literacies into their adult and children’s programming and materials purchasing.

If you have an idea for a program or purchase that supports one of these literacies, please feel free to reach out to us so we can partner with you to bring information to our community members.

Click the images below to see what programs the Quarryville Library offers to support each of these literacies!

PA Forward - basic literacy

PA Forward - information literacy

PA Forward - civic and social literacy

PA Forward - health literacy

PA Forward - financial literacy