Marple Library and PA Forward (R)

In 2019 Marple Library became the first in Delawar Couty to achieve the PA Forward (R) Gold Star. PA Forward (R) is a statewide initiative under the PA Library Association (PaLA) that places the spotlight on Pennsylvania libraries and their important role in the community. Marple Library has earned the gold star level  by promoting the five literacies that are the backbone of PA Forward:

Civic and Social

You may have noticed the literacy logos on workshop and event flyers and displays across the library. As part of PA Forward, these are actions the library has taken to raise awareness of how our services help Pennsylvania citizens improve their command of the five types of literacy. This webpage is another.  We’ll review each literacy and provide examples of services that are available right here.

Programs by other libraries meeting these literacies can be found at PA Forward® Academy (

 We will continue to keep you informed as we showcase why Marple Library should be your “favorite place”.

Libraries can push Pennsylvania to achieve one of the highest literacy rates in the country, a trained and skilled workforce, and a growing economy, tax base, and population.

Services we have to offer include:

  • Infant, Toddler, PreK and Kinder Story Times
  • Pajama Story Time with Ms. Mel
  • Story Time Outreach at local preschools and private schools
  • Dads and Donuts
  • Dungeons and Dragons for Teens and Tweens
  • Author Visits for all age groups
  • Tea at Ten Book Talks
  • Book Clubs at the library and at Surrey Senior Services

Libraries can help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to improve their education, to enhance their job skills, to develop their personal lives, and to fully participate in a digital society.

Services we have to offer include:

  • 15 Public Computers with Internet Access
  • Free Wireless Access
  • Computer Lab
  • Mobile Printing Services
  • Book-A-Librarian
  • Workshops such as “Coding for Teen” and “How to Use the Library Database”
  • Hot Spots, Rokus and Preloaded
  • Kindles available for check out
  • A Nature Kit with Geocaching guide available for check out
  • Computer Classes and Tech Help Sessions

Libraries can play an important role in helping citizens have the knowledge and skills they need to improve their lives, to participate and contribute effectively to their community, government, and society, and to connect with one another through discourse.

Services we have to offer include:

  • Socrates Café
  • Community Puzzle
  • Adult Board Game Group
  • Speakers from organizations such asThe League of Women Voters
  • Friday Movies
  • Toddler, PreK and Kinder Story Time with Ms. Mel with community guests including local first responders
  • Lego Club
  • Teen Film Series
  • Teen Reading Lounge

Libraries can play an important role in helping citizens manage their own and their family’s well-being, and empower them to be effective partners with their healthcare providers so they can live longer, more productive lives.

Services we have to offer include:
  • Infant, Toddler, PreK and Kinder Story Times with Ms. Mel with topics such as healthy eating, vegetables and good dental care week with a local dentist as a guest
  • Fitness Fun with Ms. Kelly from Marple Sports Arena
  • Family Yoga with Miss Gosha
  • T’ai Chi Chih series
  • A Fit Kit with DVD and Equipment available for check ou

Libraries can help citizens become informed consumers and guide individuals, small businesses, and other organizations to contribute to the economic vitality of their community through innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development.

Services we have to offer include:

  • Tax Forms readily available during tax season
  • Workshops on Medicare and Social Security
  • Infant, Toddler, PreK and Kinder Story Times with Ms. Mel with topics such as money sense and counting using pennies, dimes and dollars
  • College Admissions 101

Visit the library in person or online to learn about these and other programs and become part of moving PA Forward!