Brown Library approved for educational tax credit program

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the state Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

The academic enrichment opportunities offered at no charge to participants have qualified the library as an “innovative educational program.”

This means that a business that donates (cash or in-kind services) to the library’s programming may receive a tax credit equal to 75 percent of its contribution (or 90 percent for a two-year commitment).

Approved programs

Boom, Fizz POP! – This five-week science-standard based program is developed for students in grades kindergarten through second (K-2).

Offered four times a year, students explore being a scientist through activities. They ask questions, learn from their senses, notice details, draw, write, measure, count, sort, test predictions, experiment, think logically and have fun while being engaged in a supportive community learning environment.

I Spy Photography – This program engages a child in creative thinking and expression though communicating with the arts and photography. This five-week program, offered four times a year, enables kindergarten students to use digital cameras to take photos around the library, that look like letters of the alphabet.

The goal is to find the alphabet throughout the library, form them into words and show them off in a unique format.

To learn more, visit the state DCED – Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) at 1qchDGK.

The James V. Brown 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