Chess Club to meet Tuesdays at library

The Williamsport Chess Club will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesdays in the teen/tween area on the second floor of the James V. Brown Library, featuring instruction with Solomon Francis during the summer and Jim Cunningham in the fall.

The Williamsport Chess Club is excited to welcome anyone interested in chess regardless of his skill level or age to join them every Tuesday. To learn from Francis, U.S. Chess Master, currently ranked 11 in Pennsylvania, there is no registration required. The library has had a goal of creating a Chess Club for years and now they have created a strong partnership with the Williamsport Chess Club.

“This truly serves a community and patron need that we have not been able to fill in the recent past. Having such talented and intelligent players volunteer their time to be mentors to both beginning and advanced players is such a wonderful benefit for our tweens and teens,” said Nina Edgerton, youth services coordinator.

The James V. Brown Library provides a casual setting for the club members to relax and enjoy some friendly competition or just practice to improve their chess skills. The club does occasionally organize competitions but their main goal is, “to foster increased interest, participation and enjoyment of the game of chess,” according to their website,

That will be the goal of Francis this summer. The National Master from the U.S. Chess Federation is pleased to provide instruction to anyone who joins the club.

Francis shares that his “ultimate hope is to instill a love for the game that will allow members to enjoy playing chess for the rest of their life.”

This new partnership with the mentors of the Williamsport Chess Club further aids the library with their mission of making the James V. Brown Library the place to go to learn, connect and grow.

For more information, visit the James V. Brown Library’s website at or the Williamsport Chess Club’s website at