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The James V. Brown Library once again is a recipient of the benefits offered by the Community Work Study Program at Lycoming College.

Six Lycoming College students will work in the library in various capacities, volunteering as circulation assistants, Homework Helpers, a computer help desk assistant, technical services assistants, circulation shelvers and as a development-promotions assistant.

Students work under the guidance of Allison Savage, volunteer coordinator. Homework Helpers are on the first floor of the Welch Wing from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Whatever the subject or topic might be, the James V. Brown Library has resources to help. Students are welcome anytime with homework or research questions and can even ask questions through the library’s text service called “Ask a Librarian.” Text 66746 and start the first message with the keyword ‘askjvb’ followed by a space. Type your question and press “Send.”

The library also welcomes high school and college students who are in need of service hours, who are considering a career in library sciences, or who want to get a feel for the job world.

The library is a great place to gain valuable work and service experience.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at the library, call Savage at 326-0536, ext. 153.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow.

The Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at

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The Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries has announced that the Friends of the James V. Brown Library won the 2013 Newsletter of the Year Award.

The award is presented to the best Friends group newsletter in the state of Pennsylvania. The award will be presented at the annual Pennsylvania Library Association Conference in Seven Springs on October 20. The Friends of the James V. Brown Library are excited to be the recipient of such an honor and are thrilled to showcase their efforts.

The Friends of the James V. Brown Library’s newsletter, “Shades of Brown,” is a partnership between library staff and the Friends.

The newsletter, which has been in existence since 2002, provides an opportunity for both the library and the Friends to connect and share resources with the community. The newsletter is mailed to each member of the Friends and to library donors, and is electronically available on the Friend’s page of the library’s website.

As demonstrated in each issue of “Shades of Brown,” the newsletter is created by dedicated people, bound together like pages in a book, who have the strength to achieve great things. A partnership was born between library staff and the Friends to work together to promote one another, educate the community on the value of public libraries and encourage volunteerism.

Barbara McGary, executive director, believes, “it is a tremendous opportunity for the library and the Friends to learn about each other and promote our common love of the local library.”

For this reason, McGary nominated the Friends of the James V. Brown Library for the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries Newsletter Award.

For more information on the Friends of the James V. Brown Library and how to become a member, visit

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For those that may have memories saved on old VHS tapes, the James V. Brown Library is now offering a VHS-conversion service.

Simply bring in the VHS cassettes, provide contact information and the library will transfer them to DVDs.

There is a charge per disc. This process usually takes a week, but allow for extra time during the holiday season.

If concerned that you have a non-standard cassette, just bring the converter along to help facilitate the transfer.

The conversions could make a unique gift for the holidays, or a great way to remember anniversaries, birthdays or other special events.

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

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