Hope Enterprises’ Early Learning Program hosts children’s author

Hope Enterprises’ Early Learning Program recently hosted children’s author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand on Sept. 19 for a morning of reading and drawing at The Children’s Development Center.

Sponsored by the James V. Brown Library’s “Storymobile” series, Hillenbrand returned to Williamsport to share his latest book with the children and families of Hope’s all-inclusive preschool.

The children and teachers spent the days leading up to the event decorating for the special day.

All classes from the three Hope preschool locations gathered at the center to hear Hillenbrand read from his latest book, “Off We Go.”

He also spent time drawing with the children.

To end the visit, he presented each child with an autographed copy of his new book.

The children and parents enjoyed talking with Hillenbrand afterward.

Hillenbrand has been a friend of the James V. Brown Library for several years. In 2010, he provided a custom illustration to be displayed on the “Storymobile” van.

A reading and discussion for the general public also was held Sept. 20 in the library’s Welch Children’s Wing.

Hillenbrand has produced more than 50 children’s books in his lifetime and has been visiting youth in schools, libraries and other organizations since 1990.

For more information on Hillenbrand’s work, visit www.willhillen

Hope Early Learning programs have been providing education to children ages 3 through “kindergarten ready” in Lycoming County since the company’s inception in 1952, moving to an all-inclusive classroom (for children with and without disabilities) in 1993.

The program is just one of Hope Enterprises’ key services offered to the residents in a seven county area.

Hope provides a lifetime of support to individuals with special needs, from young adults with training in basic life and job skills to supported employment programs and residential services.

For more information, visit Hope Enterprises at