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PA Forward at Penn State University Park

Information about PA Forward Events and Literacy Topics at Penn State University Park

What is PA Forward?

"With the right support, libraries are ideally positioned to become the community centers of information, technology, and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens."

PA Forward is a statewide initiative that focuses on 5 key literacies that are essential to knowledgeable citizens: 

  1. Information Literacy
  2. Financial Literacy
  3. Civic and Social Literacy
  4. Health Literacy
  5. Basic Literacy

Penn State University Park Libraries participates in PA Forward by promoting library resources and creating events that support each of these literacies in order to help our academic community build vital life skills that complement our degree programs.


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Lauren Reiter
309F Paterno Library
Email, call 814-865-4414, or book an appointment with me

PA Forward Events at Penn State University Park

Fall 2022 Programs

Health Literacy:

Drawing My Way to Mental Health (October 6, 2022)

Doan shared work from his My Anxiety Project, telling the story of how drawing became a vital tool managing his mental health after decades of being controlled by his own anxiety and depression.

Civic and Social Literacy:

Voter Workshop (October 11, 2022)

A voter checkup workshop to help students prepare for the Midterm Elections.

Basic Literacy:

Book Club Kits

Looking for activities your student org can do socially-distanced or in-person? The University Libraries is sponsoring book clubs surrounding the themes of intellectual and spiritual wellness, as well as overcoming adversity. We’ll provide the books to your organization (up to 25) and some fun resources and goodies to help you along. Book club kits are first come, first served. Email Megan Gilpin at to reserve yours today. See link to check out available books.