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We are now a PA Forward Silver Star Library! PA Forward - Silver

The Abington Free Library has been recognized as a PA Forward Silver Star Library, First Level, in Financial Literacy.  

PA Forward Press Release 

Health Literacy
Basic Literacy
Financial Literacy  


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Abington Township Public Library believes that health literacy is vital for making informed decisions about your own health, your family’s health, and to support your community’s well-being, especially during a global pandemic. Nothing – not age, income, employment status, education level, or racial and ethnic background – affects health status more than literacy skills. Forty-six percent of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine.  Self-care, disease research, and physician selection are all much more complicated to achieve during this pandemic. The country’s complex and fragmented healthcare system is another hurdle for health consumers to navigate.  Trust us to guide you to credible health sources and expertise, whether it is in the form of virtual town halls about public health topics like the COVID-19 vaccine or to online health databases with articles that explain topics that impact your body and mind.  

Feel free to email us at askabington@gmail.com to share your health literacy needs or success stories. Your questions or testimonials can help others and inform our curation efforts.  Let’s move PA Forward together! For more information about PA Forward and health literacy, visit http://www.abingtonfreelibrary.org/pa-forward.




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The Abington Free Library and PA Forward understand that Basic Literacy is one of the driving forces of a happy and healthy population. 50% of the nation’s unemployed youth are functionally illiterate; this is a tremendous barrier to achieving employment (75% of jobs in Pennsylvania require at least a high school diploma). Studies have shown that regular library use and programming increases children’s test results and literacy levels.  At the earliest stages in our lives, library use can have a long-lasting impact. Library staff is committed to providing resources and programming to aid in literacy growth for people of all ages. 

Here are just a few examples how. We offer regular story times in our Children’s Department. The Library hosts a Literacy Office dedicated to many forms of adult literacy development (from GED training to ESL courses). Staff create book lists to assist guests find materials books on the topics they need and strive to match this with the appropriate reading level.  The Children’s Department subscribes to up-to-date resources (for example: Tumblebooks and other library databases) that aid children in reading development by offering stories and learning in various formats.  In addition, the Library subscribes to an online learning resource (Learning Express) that includes modules on various adult literacy topics such as the High School Equivalency Center or the Adult Skills module. The Library believes that these efforts, among others, will help our community get what they need to continue their literacy journey!



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Abington Township Public Library believes that financial literacy is one of the main cornerstones to building a better future. Forty-one percent of U.S. adults give themselves a low grade. As part of our PA Forward and Star Library participation, we are committed to helping all of our guests achieve an A+ in financial literacy.  

How? We intentionally curate our eResources and physical collections and select relevant programming and partnerships to meet financial literacy needs at every life stage. Whether you are a child figuring out how to manage your allowance, searching for a job, researching the cost of a college education, looking for recommended books on personal finance, or a small business needing to manage financial disruption and identify new opportunities during a pandemic, we are working diligently to be your bridge to credible sources and trusted experts.   

Feel free to email us at askabington@gmail.com to share your financial literacy need or success story. Your questions or testimonials can help others and inform our curation efforts.  Let’s move PA Forward together! 

Please click here for a list of specific resources addressing Financial Literacy.


For more information about PA Forward Star Libraries and our efforts in this area, email us at askabginton@gmail.com, call the Information Desk at 215-885-5180, ext. 113, or keep coming back to this webpage for updates. 

Abington Township Public Library, 1030 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001

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