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The winners of the Connect Williamsport photo contest recently were announced by the judges.

Throughout the summer months, local amateur and professional photographers were encouraged to submit entries for the chance to have their photo featured on the Connect Williamsport community calendar homepage at

The judges selected one winner and one honorable mention in each category, according to Robin Glossner, development director for the James V. Brown Library. The library will print the photos for display during September First Friday and at the library and Pajama Factory.

The winning photos were taken in Lycoming County and highlighted the best of local events in activities in the following categories:

Arts, Music and Entertainment: Carla Fisher, “Hairspray,” first place.

Family Fun: Sarah Kay, “Hiawatha,” first place, and Stephanie Machinski, “Derby Vixens,” honorable mention.

Special Events: Jessica Tobias, “Little League World Series dugout,” first place, and Stephanie Machinski, “Car Show,” honorable mention.

Games and Sports: Rob Barbour, “Crosscutters,” first place, and Russ Bailey, “Catfish,” honorable mention.

Downtown Nightlife: Rick Mason, “Bluesman,” first place, and Tricia Shipman, “Fireworks,” honorable mention.

Community and Local Government: Megan O’Neal, “DuBoistown Firemen,” first place, and Brittany Lisson, “Cornfield and Fence,” honorable mention.

Business and Education: Jerry Rashid, “Clarke Chapel,” first place; and Coni Sheridan, “Green Mamba,” honorable mention.

Health and Wellness: Valerie Ammar-Khodja, “Girls on the Run,” first place, and Marisa Macy, “Berry Picking,” honorable mention.

First-place winners in each category will receive a $100 Visa gift card, Connect Williamsport T-shirt and coffee mug and the honorable mention winners will receive a T-shirt and mug.

The judges were local photographers Terry Wild and Rashelle Carey, and Lenore Penfield, curator of the Gallery at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“The winning photos will be used on the sliders on the Connect Williamsport homepage and in other Connect Williamsport marketing materials,” Glossner added.

Connect Williamsport is the result of years of planning by the staff and Board of Directors of the James V. Brown Library, along with other community partners. The comprehensive project was funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and was designed by Trainor, New Hartford, N.Y.

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Is it possible to live free of arthritis? Are there lifestyle changes you can make to live arthritis free? How do you prevent arthritis from getting worse? Can arthritis be healed without drugs or surgery? What steps can you take to keep your joints healthy? Find out how to do this in a comprehensive manner.

It’s estimated that one out of every two people will develop knee arthritis by age 85. That one out of four people will develop painful hip arthritis in their lifetime.

An estimated 294,000 children under age 18 have some form of arthritis or rheumatic condition; this represents approximately one in every 250 children in the U.S. By 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans ages 18 years or older are projected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

The free lecture will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 and will help attendees learn how to avoid unnecessary surgery and drugs. Learn how to get well through a holistic approach – lifestyle, diet, nutrition and homeopathy. Dr. Gregory Pais will share his 39 years of experience to help you stay healthy. Pais is a licensed naturopathic doctor who has practiced in Northcentral Pennsylvania since 1998. He is board certified in classical homeopathy and has been working with diet and nutrition since 1974.

The program is free and open to the public and will be held on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing at the library.

Registration is suggested but not required. To register or for more information call 326-0536 or go to

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

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HARRISBURG – New e-reading technology being made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through libraries gives young children an exciting new way to experience books and learn to love reading. Library patrons across the state now have free access – at home or at their local library – to BookFlix, an online e-reading program from Scholastic that combines classic fictional storybooks with similarly themed nonfiction e-books to make reading more engaging for children ages three to eight.

Through programs like BookFlix that build early reading and comprehension skills, libraries can help Pennsylvania achieve one of the highest literacy rates in the country through increasing basic literacy, one of the five essential literacies promoted by PA Forward, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association.

The BookFlix program is made available to public and school libraries statewide through POWER Library, Pennsylvania’s online resources. BookFlix pairs award-winning animated storybooks based on some of the best-selling children’s picture books of all time produced by Weston Woods with related nonfiction e-books from Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company. Children will delight in watching their favorite books come to life on screen, then turning the electronic pages of an e-book to discover real-world facts and satisfy their curiosity about the world around them.

Scholastic BookFlix offers 105 multi-media fiction-nonfiction pairs, of which more than 30 are available in Spanish. Pairings include: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type with Let’s Visit a Dairy Farm; The Snowy Day with Snowy Weather Days; and Happy Birthday Moon with The Moon. With additional pairings set for release in the future, BookFlix will continue to provide fresh content to early readers.

“BookFlix connects the library to the home,” said Hugh Roome, president of Scholastic Library Publishing. “In adopting Bookflix, Pennsylvania is making cutting-edge e-reading technology available to families with a library card anywhere they have an Internet connection. BookFlix offers a unique early literacy platform that introduces young readers to classic books and stories in new, digital formats.”

“The Lycoming County Library System is super excited to offer Bookflix, a wonderful supplement to our extensive print collection already in our libraries. We believe this resource will help to grow our younger readers,” said Melissa Rowse, assistant systems administrator.

Designed to provide an interactive experience for young users, the unique features of BookFlix include:

A “read-along” option that provides word-by-word highlighting so children can follow along as the fiction video is narrated and the nonfiction e-book is read aloud.

Narrated text and definitions of key vocabulary words to support beginning and reluctant readers, as well as English Language Learners.

Educational games and activities that encourage children to show what they have learned and to reinforce early reading skills like fluency, vocabulary development and reading comprehension.

Biographies and interviews that introduce young readers to their favorite authors.

Safe, age-appropriate web links to encourage children to further explore topics that pique their interest.

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