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Ever wonder how a book or DVD finds its home in the library? No, there aren’t any library elves that magically do the work overnight, but there is a team of dedicated library staff who make sure we have new material everyday.

First, a staff member picks out the books from the millions published every year. We look at library review sources, best-seller lists and suggestions from regular customers.

Once we have a list, we purchase materials from library merchants, such as Brodart, a local company who supplies libraries across the nation with reading materials.

Some library suppliers do part of the preparation work of getting materials ready for circulating, like applying protective covers, reinforcing cases and covering the surface of DVDs.

Otherwise, library staff have to ensure that items are ready for the public. Materials get a lot of use and need to last.

The last step is to let the computer know which materials we have. This information is linked through the barcodes on each item, much like the UPCs on cans of soup in the grocery store.

In the days of card catalogs, it could take weeks to let people know what items were available, but now users can immediately see and place holds on items. They can even see what is planned to be added in the future.

E-books in a similar way. Staff members decide which ones to add, then they are ordered from a library supplier who converts the book into a digital file. Finally, the library links it to an online catalog and the Ebranch2go site for users to browse, sample and download.

Whether you are seeking materials for lifelong learning, personal enjoyment or for information, visit the library (or sit at home and download) and enjoy the more than 1,500 items added each month.

The James V. Brown Library is helping to move Lycoming County forward by providing the community with the resources they seek and need.

Visit the JVB library between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 19 E. Fourth St. or visit www.jvbro

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The James V. Brown Library offers teens a place to hang out with friends, eat snacks and play games once a month at Teen Night.

Games vary from the electronic versions such as Wii, Xbox or Playstation and the traditional ones such as Scrabble, Jenga and Dominoes.

This event is part of the Summer Reading Program, Dig into Reading.

The next Teen Night will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and is open to youth ages 12 years old and up.

Registration is highly encouraged and can be completed online through our event calendar.

Youth also are invited to participate and register for the teen summer reading program. Completed reading logs will receive a special prize.

A special guest, Paul Miller of Flow Circus, will illustrate his passion for games.

Flow Circus has special skill toy kits that offer a dynamic and interactive way to ignite curiosity in tweens and teens.

Everyone will want to pick up and play with a variety of props that can be spun, balanced and tossed. There will be flower sticks, diabolos, spinning plates, kendamas and chatter rings.

Fans of Minute to Win It challenges, are invited to explore these hands-on, interactive games.

The James V. Brown Library champions the love of reading and opens doors to lifelong learning.

This summer, we are digging into reading which is about the wonders under our feet – root vegetables, buried treasure, dinosaur bones and critters.

For more information on summer reading program or the James V. Brown Library, visit 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday or online at

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The Library of Congress is sponsoring a summer essay contest in conjunction with the Lycoming County Library System.

It encourages rising 5th and 6th grade students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.

Lycoming County Libraries include Hughesville Public Library; Konkle Memorial Library, Montoursville; James V. Brown Library; Jersey Shore Public Library; Montgomery Area Public Library; and Muncy Public Library.

The “A Book That Shaped Me” summer writing contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, held Sept. 21 and 22, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2013 are eligible.

Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at participating public library locations.

The deadline for entries is August 12.

Librarians at the Lycoming County Libraries are available to provide guidance to students preparing essays for contest entry.

“A Book That Shaped Me” will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children’s authors and Library of Congress staff.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.

The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at

A directory for Lycoming County Libraries, their hours and their locations is available online at es.html.

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The Lycoming County Library System will be participating in summer reading this month. This year’s theme, “Dig Into Reading,” is all about the wonders under our feet – root vegetables, buried treasure, dinosaur bones, evidence of ancient civilizations and, of course, the critters.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every child participated in summer reading, and as a result, we raised literacy rates throughout the area?

When children read only 16.9 minutes a day, they are exposed to 1,168,000 words a year and test in the 70th percentile. If we “dig into reading” just a little deeper and average 33.4 minutes a day, they devour a staggering 2,357,000 words a year.

Together with the family, libraries can build a stronger future for our children by opening a book for minutes a day.

Nurturing a more literate society is one of five literacies in PA Forward, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. When leveraged properly, our libraries can help solve some of Pennsylvania’s biggest economic and social problems.

More than 75 percent of jobs in Pennsylvania demand education beyond high school. And yet, nearly 120,000 Pennsylvania youths have dropped out of high school. For more information on how PA Forward impacts Pennsylvania, visit

Reading is the root of every child’s success. We hope you dig into all of our available summer reading programs.

Visit your local library to see a complete list of activities and events. The Lycoming County Library System’s information is available at www.lycoli