The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library has earned Gold Star status through the Pennsylvania Libraries’ Star Libraries initiative. This designation is only bestowed upon institutions which excel in serving their communities.
Also called PA Forward, Pennsylvania Libraries designates Gold Star libraries based on many factors. The Pennsylvania Library Association launched PA Forward in 2012.
Christie Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director, states Gold Star libraries go above and beyond physical collections.
“You can go to your local library and check out books, but these agile institutions demonstrate day in and day out they offer more than books.”
Grundy achieved its Gold Star status based on several “essential literacies”: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.
Another factor involved in achieving this high honor is a committment to benefiting the surrounding community. Grundy serves Bristol Borough with its “outstanding collections, services, workshops, and programming.”
The PA Forward initiative is designed to credit worthy libraries for their abilities to provide learning opportunities in many forms; Libraries are uniquely positioned to offer educational and economic benefits to all members of the community.
The essential literacies categories are laid out to fully evaluate a library’s ability to benefit its community. Grundy earned a Gold Star status in all five categories.
These literacies also allow libraries to set goals. This helps to create an environmental where all libraries in Pennsylvania can aspire to meet consistent standards.
“Look for the PA Forward and literacy logos on promotional literature for programs, workshops, and events presented by the Grundy Library,” a statement from Grundy said.