Penn State Harrisburg Library awarded PA Forward Silver Stars

By: Emily Mross

In recognition of programming and outreach efforts in the areas of basic literacy, health literacy, and civic and social literacy, the Penn State Harrisburg Library was awarded three
silver stars by PA Forward as part of the Star Library Program , an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association to highlight library literacy efforts in the Commonwealth.

Library programming in support of these literacy areas included Penn State Harrisburg Reads panel discussions on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a voter information session prior to the 2018 midterm elections, and a screening and discussion of the documentary Eating Animals.

PA Forward encourages Pennsylvania libraries to promote services and resources in five key literacy areas: basic literacy, financial literacy, civic and social literacy, health literacy, and information literacy. These literacies are instrumental in helping Pennsylvania citizens be productive members of society. Business Librarian Emily Mross is coordinating Star Library
efforts at Penn State Harrisburg in conjunction with librarians Bernadette Lear, Heidi Abbey Moyer, Andrea Pritt, and Joi Jackson, who have helped create, promote, and deliver  programming.

Penn State Harrisburg Library will earn its two remaining silver stars, in financial literacy and information literacy, this spring. After earning all five silver stars, the library will be eligible for Gold Star status.