Volunteer research aide to assist patrons with local archives at the Brown Library

A volunteer research aide will be available at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., from noon to 5 p.m. each Saturday in February to assist patrons with looking up archived obituaries, microfilm requests and more.

Volunteer Ryan Lewis, of Muncy, will be stationed in the Rotunda area in the vintage building. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Penn State University and actively volunteers in other historical capacities such as the at Slifer House Museum in Lewisburg.

The library has all major local newspapers from 1807 to the present available on microfilm, which contains volumes on local, county and state history. The library’s collection includes the Williamsport City Directories from 1867 to the present, as well as yearbooks for area high schools. The library also has a large collection of Lycoming County photographs, along with other genealogical information.

The library is dedicated to cultivating connections within the community.

Offering many volunteering opportunities for residents is just one way the library helps open new doors to learning and makes the library the place to go to learn, connect and grow.

“The library 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,” volunteer coordinator Allison Savage said.

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

Lycoming College and Lock Haven University students volunteer as homework helpers from 3:30 to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends on the first floor of the Welch Wing. The service is for students in grades kindergarten through 12.

To learn more about volunteering at the library, contact volunteer coordinator Allison Savage at 570-326-0536, ext. 153 or email asav