James V. Brown events

Are you at the end of your reading list and not sure what to read next?

Do you have five books by your nightstand, but you are not finding any of them particularly enthralling?

Do you need an idea while you are waiting for your favorite author’s next book? The James V. Brown Library can help.

For those with an adventurous streak, try a “blind date with a book.” Located right beside the adult circulation desk. This display was inspired by the Old Worthington Library in Ohio.

Each book is wrapped in brown craft paper. Listed on the front of each book are some hints about what you will find inside.

All you have to do is make your selection and check it out. When you get home, unwrap your surprise. You never know, it could be true love.

Also located next to the adult circulation desk, are the “book bundles.” We have put together various groupings of books and tied them together with a gift tag just for you. Books are grouped by author, idea or theme.

For example, one bundle could be a collection of mystery books with a female private investigator as the protagonist. There are three or more books in each package. Check out the entire bundle or just the book or books you are interested in.

Finally, there are two displays in the middle of the adult circulation area that might help. The first highlights the New York Times top 10 best-selling paperback fiction books.

You will find well-known and popular authors along with authors who are up and coming on the fiction scene.

The second display features library “staff picks.” Nine staff members have each recommended a book (or CD or DVD) that they have enjoyed and that they think you would enjoy, too.

No matter what you like to read, we have something for you. We are here to champion the love of reading and the James V. Brown Library is continuously striving to bring literacy into the daily lives of everyone in Lycoming County.

The library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit


The number of self-published books produced annually in the U.S. has nearly tripled, growing 287 percent since 2006, and now tallies more than 235,000 print and “e” titles, according to a new analysis of data from Bowker Books In Print and Bowker Identifier Services.

What is self-publishing and how can it benefit you?

At 6 p.m. May 15 at the James V. Brown Library, media expert Jerry Frear will present “A guide to self publishing and marketing your book,” explaining the facets of self-publishing and using social media for promotion.

The presentation will cover such topics as publishing with create, publishing with Kindle Direct Publish, publishing for Nook, publishing on Google Play, publishing on Smashwords and using social media to promote.

The presentation will be held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing at the James V. Brown Library.

Registration is suggested but not required.

For more information or to register, go to or call 326-0536.

This educational opportunity at the James V. Brown Library is part of the statewide literacy initiative of PA Forward, helping libraries build communities one person at a time.