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The Washington County Libraries believe that having an effective library in your community means that library is able to do more for the community than just provide it with great resources.  Libraries are no longer just buildings that house books. Today’s libraries are agile institutions serving real-life needs. They hold the key to fueling advancement and elevating the quality of life in Pennsylvania by supporting the types of knowledge identified as being essential for Pennsylvania Residents by the PA Forward program: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.

PA Forward is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association and was created to give a voice to what the library community already knows, and what other states throughout the nation recognize: 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 citizens.

The Washington County Libraries are committed to providing quality programs and services that support Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy. Libraries exist to strengthen their communities, and this allows us the framework to do that.