More than 41,000 people use the St Marys Library every year. Now, the library says it’s is getting the recoginition it deserves.
It’s been awarded a gold star by the Pennsylvania Library Association. The award is a part of the PA forward program.
The library staff was asked to help residents with basic literacy as well as social and financial health. According to St Mary’s Library director, Leslie Swope, a change was made to programs. “It was basically helping us change the way of the programs and services that we offer”
Swope says St Marys is one of the first 30 libraries in the state to recieve the distinction. For perspective, there more than 630 libraries throughout Pennsylvania.
“It shows people that we are doing what we can be, more than a lot of other places are doing. So we’re striving to do as much as we can for our community,” says Swope.
Swope says the gold star may impact funding down the road and give them more opportunities for future grants.
Right now she says state funding is the highest it’s been since the 2008 recession.