PA FORWARD

That logo? You’ll be seeing a lot of it . . .

So what exactly is going on?

Your libraries are working toward becoming Gold Star PA Forward Libraries. Developed by the Pennsylvania Library Association, the PA Forward Star Library Program is part of a statewide initiative whose goal is to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania.  The program enables libraries to create new partnerships; develop broader community support; and develop a powerful, unified voice for libraries as community centers of information, technology and learning that fuel educational and economic opportunity for all.

The program recognizes libraries that incorporate the “five key literacies” -“Basic Literacy”, “Information Literacy”, “Civic and Social Literacy”, “Health Literacy”, and “Financial Literacy” into their programming activities, displays and events. Tredyffrin Public Library has and will continue to pursue efforts to incorporate all five literacies in programming offered for all ages throughout the year. Listed below are the five key literacies with a brief description and library programs that have and continue to contribute to achieving all five literacy goals.

Basic Literacy

Libraries aid Pennsylvania in its goals to achieve one of the highest literacy rates in the country; develop a better trained and more skilled workforce; broaden the tax base, improve the economy, and increase population. In support of Basic Literacy, Tredyffrin Public Library provides story times that prepare young children for school, summer reading programs for children that promote family literacy, and adult reading programs such as book groups and adult summer reading that encourage lifelong learning.

Information Literacy

Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to improve their education, enhance job skills, and participate fully in a digital society. Tredyffrin Public Library provides free 1 on 1 computer training sessions and offers technology assistance facilitated by librarians. The library also provides computers with high speed Internet access and a free Wi-Fi network.

Civic and Social Literacy

Libraries provide resources and services for citizens of all ages that improve the knowledge and skills to enrich their lives, contribute effectively in their communities, and participate in civil discourse. Tredyffrin Public Library supports this literacy by providing programs on local and national history, hosting English as a second language (ESL) classes, and a number of teen programs that focus on civic engagement and giving back to the community.

Health Literacy

Libraries play an important role in helping citizens actively manage their own and their family’s well-being, making them effective partners with their health care providers and reducing costs. Tredyffrin Public Library supports this literacy by offering classes on balance and yoga for adults, programs that encourage activity in children and other health and wellness programs throughout the year.

Financial Literacy

Libraries help citizens become informed consumers and guide individuals, small businesses, and other organizations to contribute to the economic vitality of their communities. Tredyffrin Public Library supports this literacy by partnering with Chester County SCORE to provide programs such as “Understanding Cash Flow” – a program designed to help small business owners and entrepreneurs differentiate between cash flows and earnings, programs on estate management, programs on home selling, as well as other programs throughout the year.

How can you help?

Visit the library, attend programs, share ideas for how we can offer the programs you yearn for, talk to your employers about partnering with the library & PA Forward, and most importantly, talk about your love of the library!

 

Award Winning Librarian, Laurie Doan

Laurie Doan, young adult librarian at Tredyffrin Public Library is recognized for her “leadership in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning” and named a winner of this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. She is one of only 10 librarians in the country this year to receive this national honor and only the second one from the commonwealth of PA in the 10 year history of the award.

 

The nomination for the award included stories and quotes from several of Laurie’s friends, coworkers, community partners, and the teens she has mentored. ALA received 0ver 1,200 nominations this year. Laurie’s dedication to our township teens has extended to donating her 5000 dollar prize money back to the library. She plans to invest this money into continuing to further the teen and performing arts programs at TPL.

Laurie shies from recognition, claiming that her work is successful because of help from the community, the township, the school district, and more. She hopes a matching $5000 be raised in response to the award.

Please read the nomination letter, written by community member Nora Margolis and including many first hand accounts of how Laurie has impacted and inspired our township teens. Also, see a mention of the win in the Washington Post & read the official press release from the American Library Association.

We also encourage you to share your own stories of how Laurie’s work has impacted you through social media using the hashtag #ILoveMyLibrarian.

The following is a quote from Laurie’s remarks upon receiving the I Love My Librarian award:

“I realize that I’m still being taught. By the parents and the teachers and my co-workers, and most of all by the teens themselves. I’m taught lessons every day by the very same people who nominated me for this award.”

 

Congratulations Laurie and thank you for your dedication!

Swisher Photography

Chris Swisher Photography

We are very proud to announce that part-time reference librarian Chris Swisher is an award winning photographer! We here at TTL have been very lucky to have photography by Chris highlighted on our website, social media & in-house promotional materials.

In his free time, Chris participates in many photo shows. Here are some of his beautiful photographs on display around our area:

Award Winning:

Jenkins Arboretum First Prize Winner

This image won first prize at Jenkins Arboretum. You can see it on display (and printed 30 inches wide!) through March 13.

Philadelphia Sketch Club Art of the Flower First Prize Winner

This image won first prize at the Philadelphia Sketch Club’s Art of the Flower Exhibition and will be on display from March 13 through April.

On Display:

Great Frame Up Juried Show

See this image on display through March at the Great Frame Up Juried Photography Show.

Wayne Art Center Expressions

This image is on display through March with Wayne Art Center Expressions.

Congratulations, Chris!

 

Ann & Sean

Ann & Sean Duffy 02.27.16Instead of our regular book review, this week we would like to share some joyful staff news from our TPL family. Part-time reference librarian Ann Ferro & Sean Duffy were married February 27, 2016. Ann is the children’s librarian at Warminster Library and has been a valued member of the reference department at Tredyffrin Public Library since 2012. Sean is studying to be a doctor.

The wedding was a joyful celebration of this unique couple and there were plenty of Ann & Sean Duffy's wedding cake

mentions of Ann & Sean’s love of libraries, from the sweet library due date slip place cards to an invitation to offer advice in a card catalog drawer marked 306.81 (marriage advice).

Tredyffrin Public Library’s Red Fox Book Shop was integral in helping the couple prepare the beautiful centerpieces which included books from their favorite authors that guests were invited to bring home. Also check out the too cute red foxes on top of the cake!

Congratulations, Ann & Sean!