Libraries in Lebanon County 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 announced their statewide PA Forward Star Library Program 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 works through five key literacies - Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial - to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. The Association kicked off the Star Library program statewide in 2017. 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.
The following libraries in Lebanon County achieved awards during 2018:
- · Annville Free Library- Bronze Star
- · Lebanon Community Library- Silver Star
- · Matthews Public Library- Gold Star
- · Myerstown Community Library- Gold Star
- · Palmyra Public Library- Gold Star
- · Richland Community Library- Bronze Star