Springboro Public Library is pleased to announce that the library recently earned a Silver Star Library designation from the PA Forward Star Library Program. SPL earned a total of 5 silver stars—one for each literacy. PA Forward is a statewide initiative under the PA Library Association (PaLA), which works to strengthen the state’s libraries through education, advocacy and leadership. The PA Forward Star Library Program showcases and recognizes libraries that incorporate PA Forward and the five key literacies into their programming activities, displays and events.
What Are the Five Literacies?
1. 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.
Did you know? Thirteen percent of Pennsylvanians lack basic literacy skills such as the ability to read a newspaper or brochure. This percentage of Pennsylvanians who struggle with basic literacy remains unchanged from 1992.
2. 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.
Did you know? Nearly three-quarters of job seekers now use the Internet to seek employment, in part because this is the only way to apply for many job opportunities.
3. 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.
Did you know? Less than half of all Americans can name all three branches of government.
4. 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.
Did you know? Nothing – not age, income, employment status, education level, or racial and ethnic background – affects health status more than literacy skills.
5. 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 development.
Did you know? Thousands of Pennsylvanians contact the Attorney General’s office each year about credit card charges, finance scams, and misleading solicitations.
These are the five essential literacies that Pennsylvanians must attain in order to succeed as citizens, parents, students, employers, employees, and consumers. Look for the PA Forward and literacy logos on event flyers and marketing materials!