Thank you to all who attended the February speaker series. For our special five speakers we travelled around the world and through time.
We started out in our little town with a local author Rev. Dr. Mark Hecht. We then traveled to far off realms and historical fantasy with Doug Petroff. We took a turn in Africa with Troy Galbreath and Rick King, providing medical assistance. Then back in time to a hospital this time with our historical guide Alisa Plucky, educating us on the Corry facility that arranged for the adoption of babies of unwed mothers. We finally ended our speaker series on top of the world, when Barbara Fynan took us once more to Everest.
What a whirlwind trip!
Join us next year for an all new February Speaker series.
McCord Memorial Library will embark on a quest to earn a gold star in the PA
Forward Star Program, which focuses on five key subject areas to better serve our
community. Each point of the star makes up part of the whole.
Basic Literacy is reading and writing, the
first terms most think of when hearing the word literacy. McCord Memorial
Library (along with other Pennsylvania libraries) will be striving to achieve
one of the highest literacy rates in the country, with a better trained and
more skilled workforce. Workshops related to this would be job skills, ESL
classes, and resume help.
Information Literacy is the second subject in
this program. The focus here is to help individuals learn how to use online resources
and current technology to improve education, enhance job skills, and
participate fully in a digital society. Basic computer classes for all ages
would be a part of this area.
Civic and Social Literacy is focused on bettering the
community through civics. This aspect of the program will focus on giving
citizens of all ages the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives,
to contribute effectively in their communities, and to participate in civil
discourse. Though a large swathe of ideas fit into this area, the big takeaway
is that civics helps make individuals better citizens.
Health Literacy is the fourth point on the
star, and is related to making informed health decisions. McCord Memorial
Library is planning to partner with other groups to help citizens actively manage
their own and their family’s well-being. We aim to make them effective partners
with their health care providers, and hopefully reducing costs. We have done
this in the past, with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) mental health
first aid training, and hope to expand to other areas.
Financial Literacy relates to more than just
balancing a checkbook. Financial literacy is gaining the knowledge to better
manage your money and assets, a useful skill for all individuals. This subject informs
consumers and guides individuals, small businesses, and other organizations to
contribute to the economic vitality of themselves and their communities.
McCord Memorial Library will be
offering programs for all ages in these key areas. We will also be partnering with
community groups to offer new and unique programs. The PA Forward Star Program will
help McCord fill in gaps in our available workshops, offerings, courses, and
programs. Simply, the program will help us figure out better ways to help our
will continue to offer our regular programs, including the February Speaker
Series, Teen programming, and Children’s Story Times. McCord Memorial Library
is a part of this community. We wish all to feel welcome so that we can make
our community as a whole stronger. The PA Forward Star Program will help us
further this goal. So join us on this quest, stay tuned for future updates and
by all means, stop by and say hello!