The Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward, was conceived to give voice to what the library community already knows, and what other states throughout the nation are also recognizing:

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.


Libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They’re 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 Monroeville Public Library has many programs, which speak to these literacies.

Basic Literacy

  • Storytimes
  • Book Clubs
  • Writing Groups


Information Literacy

  • Computer Basics
  • Internet Basics
  • Technology Tutoring


  • Civic and Social Literacy
  • Great Decisions
  • Legal Guest Speakers
  • Documentary Viewings
  • Monroeville Ministerium

Health Literacy

  • Wellness Speakers and Presentations
  • Blood Pressure Screenings
  • Blood Drives


Financial Literacy

  • Student Financial Aid Workshops and Resources
  • Job Fairs
  • Resume Building