PA Forward

The PA Forward Program is a statewide initiative under the PA Library Association (PaLA), which works to strengthen the state’s libraries through education, advocacy and leadership. The goal is to improve how patrons interact with their libraries. This program aims to tailor relevant events to communities to improve overall literacy across the state through five key literacies.

Basic Literacy – Libraries can push Pennsylvania to achieve one of the highest literacy
rates in the country, a trained and skilled workforce, and a growing economy, tax base,
and population.

Information Literacy – Libraries can help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online
resources and current technology to improve their education, to enhance their job skills,
to develop their personal lives, and to fully participate in a digital society.

Civic and Social Literacy – Libraries can play an important role in helping citizens have
the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives, to participate and contribute
effectively to their community, government, and society, and to connect with one another
through discourse.

Health Literacy – Libraries can play an important role in helping citizens manage their
own and their family’s well-being, and empower them to be effective partners with their
healthcare providers so they can live longer, more productive lives.

Financial Literacy – Libraries can help citizens become informed consumers and guide
individuals, small businesses, and other organizations to contribute to the economic
vitality of their community through innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic