James V. Brown Library offers services to get library materials to those at home

If the weather outside is frightful and you don’t want to venture out to your local library, the James V. Brown Library has two services that bring the library right to you.

One way is through the BRAVO program, which stands for Bringing Reading to All through Volunteer Outreach. BRAVO volunteers deliver books to patrons who cannot get to the library, especially the homebound, infirm or elderly.

BRAVO volunteers meet with the patron to establish a relationship and develop a clear understanding of the reader’s interests and set up a delivery time that allows the volunteer to deliver and pick up materials.

Becoming a BRAVO volunteer is just one way the library helps champion the love of reading and open new doors to lifelong learning. To learn more about becoming a BRAVO volunteer or a recipient of its benefits, contact Allison Savage, volunteer coordinator, at 570-326-0536, ext. 153.

Another way is through the Books-by-Mail program. With this program, patrons request library materials either over the phone, at or by mail.

Books-by-Mail is a fast and convenient service that supplies printed books, audio books, DVDs and music CDs to those unable to visit the library in person.

Once a Books-by-Mail order is placed the circulation staff mails out the materials, which should arrive within three days. A postage-free return mailer is included with materials, so there is no cost to the patron for this service. Customers who use the Books-by-Mail program are extremely happy to have access to library services and reading materials at no cost.

Items may be renewed online via the library’s online catalog, through a Link location or by calling the library’s circulation desk at 570-326-0536.

There are books that cannot be requested by mail, such as bonus books, reference items, Pennsylvania Room books and audio-visual materials from other county libraries.

The James V. Brown is committed to providing outreach library services to all residents, including those in rural areas.

All you need is a library card, which is free to those living in Lycoming County, and can be registered for online or at your local library.

For more information, visit or call the library at 570-326-0536.