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PA Forward

The Memorial Library of Nazareth and Vicinity (MLNV) was awarded a Gold Star rating by the Pennsylvania Library Association on November 18, 2019. The PA Forward program sponsors the Gold Star award. PA Forward is a Pennsylvania Library Association initiative that is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

PA Forward operates on the belief that “libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They are agile institutions serving real-life needs. Libraries are the key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in Pennsylvania by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.” (

The MLNV started working on its PA Forward star status at the beginning of 2019. Since February, the library has received a Bronze Star and Silver Stars for all five literacies highlighted by PA Forward. The MLNV will retain Gold Star Library status for three years.

With the help of PA Forward, our library strives to provide information and programming that promotes and strengthens the following literacies: basic, information, civic, social, health, and financial.

For more information on our PA Forward programming, check out our informational brochure.