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PA Forward at Penn State Harrisburg Library

Information about PA Forward Events and Literacy Topics at Penn State Harrisburg Library

PA Forward Events at Penn State Harrisburg Library

Check back for details about Fall 2021 events! 


View Recordings of Past Events

Title: So You Want to Learn More About COVID-19... (Information Literacy Event)

Description: In March 2020 our academic lives were thrown into disarray as the United States began to feel the effects of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Since then, we have received conflicting information such as: who is the most susceptible to the virus and the efficacy of mask-wearing in public spaces. Join the STEM Librarian, Andrea Pritt, to explore the recent COVID-19 research, critically think about the nature of the scientific process during pandemics, and how all of this might effect you, your family, and your community. Attendees will have the opportunity to locate the evidence-based research behind a lot of the popular information surrounding COVID-19.

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Title: Voting Check-Up (Civic and Social Literacy Event)

Description: Are you planning to vote for the first time, or just aren't sure about all that voting requires, including how to research your candidate? Join Public Affairs Liaison Librarian Emily Reed of Harrisburg Library to learn:

  • How to register to vote
  • Different methods of voting (absentee ballot, mail-in ballot, and polling places)
  • How to find reliable resources to learn about candidates and issues
  • About their rights as voters

View the recorded session and get more information on the 2020 Election Guide.

Title: Stress Awareness (Health Literacy)

Description: What is stress?  How can you become more stress aware?  What tools and techniques can you learn to lessen the impact that stress has upon your health and overall well-being? In recognition of National Stress Awareness Month in April, this event will focus on the following objectives: 

  1. Learn about stress and its harmful effects
  2. Introduce basic concepts about different mind-body therapies and stress management practices (e.g., yoga and meditation) that can reduce stress
  3. Learn about resources to cope with stress
  4. Try out a short, mindfulness meditation that can be used anywhere and anytime.

View the recording here:

Title: Save and Invest PA (Financial Literacy)

Description: Students will learn to pursue financial goals through an introduction to the basics of saving and investing. Methods of basic investing options are covered including key topics like dollar cost averaging and the “investing snowball”. Learn how to start making your money work for you. 

View the recording here:

Unrecorded Events 

Title: Misinformation Challenge (Information Literacy) 

Description: Test your research skills by taking a series of quizzes that check your ability to sift through misinformation for the facts. Complete the challenge and be entered to win prizes!

Access the challenge here: 

Title: Penn State Harrisburg Reads Everything I Never Told You book club (Basic Literacy)

Description: Join your classmates and other members of our campus community for a 4-week series of discussions. Book Clubs will meet weekly to discuss three chapters of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, this year's selection. All groups will meet virtually, either via Zoom or through an asynchronous group in Microsoft Teams. The registration form provides options for you to pick when would be best for you to meet. All students living in on-campus housing received a book in their room upon move in. Students living off campus can request a copy of the book to be mailed to them in the registration form. 
Learn more about this year's reading selection here: