What is PA Forward? The Sayre Public Library is one of the first in the PA Forward movement to better Pennsylvania’s libraries! Our mission is to move our community forward and to elevate the quality of life by providing various types of knowledge essential to growth and success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy. In Youth Services, we are working to incorporate these five literacies into our already loved programming, as well as creating new programs to engage our local youth and welcome newcomers!


Children’s Story Class is taught year-round, every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. This class is free and open to children ages baby – 5. All five of the PA Forward Literacies are incorporated into this class. A focus is placed on the Sensorimotor and Preoperational stages of Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development. English Language Arts Pennsylvania State Standards for Pre-School are used in lesson development.

The first part of class is a structured play time. Children learn positive social interactions, including sharing and using manners (Civic and Social Literacy). They also build with blocks or puzzles and learn how to use technology through our tablet apps (Information Literacy).  Additionally, children engage in pretend play with shopping center items, such as a cash register and play foods (Financial Literacy).

During the second part of class, children gather in a circle to hear stories, sing songs, and dance. This time encompasses all five literacies, in particular, Basic Literacy. Our goal during this time in class is for children to learn appropriate book handling skills; differentiate between numbers, letters, and words; recognize and name some uppercase and lowercase letters; develop phonics skills; use new vocabulary; and answer questions about the stories.

In the third part of class, children break off into groups to complete activity centers or complete a whole group craft. Activity centers cover important skills for early childhood development, including motor skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering). Whole group crafts often go along with the theme of the month, or a story read during that class.



STEM Club – Open to tweens and teens, this science, technology, mathematics, and engineering club offers participants a chance for hands-on learning. Each month, we will order one to three STEM kits, available to us to borrow from J.V. Brown Library. STEM kits are chosen based on the participants’ interests. In the past, we have ordered Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation, Catapults, and HexBugs. STEM Club is held on at least on Saturday per month.


Lego Club – Recently, we won over 8,000 Legos through a contest we entered! The library has two sessions of Lego Club, one for children in grades K – 3, another for children in grades 4 and above. Lego Club encourages creative thinking and building skills. Lego Club is held one Thursday and one Saturday per month.



Little Artists Club – Saturday, January 14, 12:00 – 12:30. This program is designed for children ages 5 – 8. Children will learn basic art skills using the elements of art, including line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space.


Teen Arts Club – Every first Thursday of the month, 6:00 – 7:00. This program is designed for ages 12 – 17. Using the elements of art, including line, shape, color, value, form, texture, and space, members will design their own individualized artworks based on a monthly prompt. Members of Teen Arts Club are welcome to return each Thursday during the month to continue working on their art projects.



Storytelling through Yoga – Saturday, January 14, 11:00 – 11:45. This program is designed for children ages 6 – 12. This month’s story will be Frozen! As the story is told, we will take a journey through different yoga poses to match the actions in the story.



Family Story Time: Financial Literacy – Thursday, January 19, 6:00 – 7:00. This program is designed for children of preschool and elementary ages, however, all ages are welcome! The theme for this story time will be “Shopping!” Families will hear a few stories about money and shopping, followed by play activities involving money and shopping.

Thank you, and I hope you have a Happy January!
Ms. Janine Gorski
Sayre Public Library Youth Services Librarian
ALA Support Staff Member, GLBT Roundtable
Mansfield University Alum
B.E. Elementary Education, B.S. Psychology Counseling, minor in Philosophy