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Penn Area Library earns 'Gold Star' status from Pa. Library Association

Patrick Varine
| Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 7:03 p.m.
Caitlin Dolhi, 5, of Harrison City, searches the page of 'Scooby Doo' for hidden pictures, during the Dogs and Tales program, at the Penn Area Library on March 15, 2017. The program is one of several that helped the library earn 'Gold Star' status from the Pennsylvania Library Association.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Caitlin Dolhi, 5, of Harrison City, searches the page of 'Scooby Doo' for hidden pictures, during the Dogs and Tales program, at the Penn Area Library on March 15, 2017. The program is one of several that helped the library earn 'Gold Star' status from the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Penn Area Library officials are always focused on literacy.

But their recent designation as a PA Forward Gold Star Library spreads that focus across several disciplines.

Organized by the Pennsylvania Library Association as part of its 21st Century Libraries Initiative, the PA Forward program asks library staff to help patrons with basic literacy, as well as informational, civic and social, health and financial literacy.

“As a Gold Star Library, we are committed to raising awareness of our programs and offerings that help citizens improve their command of these five types of literacy,” said library director Dorene Miller. “Literacies which are essential to greater success in all vital roles of life as students, as parents, as employees, as consumers, as citizens.”

Through programs like adult book discussion groups, children's storytime, therapy dogs, annual summer reading clubs, the library's recent spate of Vietnam War presentations and more, Miller and her staff are always bringing new ideas and opportunities to patrons.

“We're thrilled to have completed the requirements to be designated a Gold Star Library,” Miller said. “We certainly plan to continue promoting the five literacies long into the future.”

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, pvarine@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

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