Abington Community Library launches Ideal Partners campaign

Abington Community Library Head of Children’s Services Laura Gardoski, MLIS, shows off the first in a series of five photos.

CLARKS SUMMIT — The Abington Community Library is launching its Ideal Partners campaign to highlight and increase awareness of local partnerships that are cultivated throughout the year.

The campaign focuses on the five Pennsylvania Library Association’s (PaLA) 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward, which was conceived to give voice to what the library community already knows: 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 initiative focuses on five literacies: Basic, Civic and Social, Health, Information, and Financial. These five literacies will be the focus of library programming and services over the next five months.

Posters representing the five literacies showcasing the library’s Ideal Partners will be put on display at the library. The original photography was done by Guy Cali, of Guy Cali and Associates, who donated his time, talents, and all materials to create the photos.

Ideal Partners for Basic Literacy include local day cares and preschools that provide library staff with opportunities to visit, bringing themed collections to enhance the daycare and preschool curriculum. The Abington Community Library recognizes Basic Literacy as the cornerstone of written and oral communication. Library staff is committed to helping children prevent “Summer Slide” with programs and incentives that will encourage patrons of all ages to continue reading during the summer.

The library not only has over 80,000 items available for checkout, but a Book Nook is continuously stocked with material for all ages at a nominal price.

The Abington Community Library is committed to programs and services for all ages. This includes sign-language in Preschool Storytime, reading comprehension in After School Stories, a graphic novel collection for teens, and Lackawanna County Library System’s “On the Same Page” coordinated book discussion with author visits.

For more information about current basic literacy programs, contact The Abington Community Library at 570-587-3440 or visit us online at lclshome.org/Abington. Investing in your library with your time, talents, and resources is investing in your community. To become an Ideal Partner in the future, contact Director Leah Ducato Rudolph.

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