JVB Check It Out: Welcome back to school

As students in the Williamsport area prepare for school, the James V. Brown Library is the place to go to learn, connect and grow.

The Library has a number of services and products to help support them through the academic year. We know that reading is fundamental. Once a child can decipher text, other subjects and skills easily fall into place.

Children can increase their reading and literacy skills through the online database, Tumblebooks. Books come to life on the screen with movement, music and reading.

Children also begin to recognize vocabulary through the program’s interaction with the words. Tumblebooks is free and available to all library card holders off the library’s website, www.jvbrown .edu.

Continuing to promote reading for our tweens and teens, the James V. Brown Library will sponsor a Reader’s Cafe from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students who gather in the teen area on the second floor of the Welch’s Wing, for every 30 minutes read, will receive a snack.

The Reader’s Cafe was instituted during the summer reading program and was widely successful. The Reader’s Cafe provides an incentive for youth to complete homework or read for pleasure.

High school students preparing for the SAT, ACT or PSAT, can visit the Library’s career lounge on the second floor of the Welch’s Wing.

The library has several different college exam manuals, including Baron’s, Princeton Review, and Peterson’s. Students also may take practice exams through the online database, Learning Express.

Whatever the subject or topic might be, the James V. Brown Library has resources. Students are welcome anytime with homework or research questions. Students also can ask questions through a text service called “Ask a Librarian.”

Text and start your first message with the keyword followed by a space. Type a question and press send. The Library is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.