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Library’s youth services staff honored with 2 state awards

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has once again been recognized by the state for its innovative and creative educational programs for children. The library received two Carolyne L. Smith Best Practices in Early Learning Awards by the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Nina White, youth services coordinator, accepted the first-place award for Pint-Size Pollocks and an honorable mention for Sensory Storytime during the annual conference Oct. 16-19 in the Poconos.

Under White’s leadership, the library has received PaLA recognition for five consecutive years and the past four years the library has been recognized in the infant/toddler age group. Previous award-winning programs were infant/baby massage and preschool science lab (2015); Baby Cafe (2014) in partnership with UPMC Susquehanna; Toddler Daddy and Me: Rhythm, Rattle and Rock (2013); and Mother Goose Fair (2012).

Pint-Size Pollocks: Toddler Paint Exploration is a way for young children to work on their motor skills when choosing to paint with their fingers, hands, feet, arms, legs and toes. Each week the group explores a different kind of homemade paint such as all-natural gel finger paints, natural-dye watercolors, yogurt and shaving cream paints.

Sensory Storytime, facilitated by Megan Flynn, is an open program for children ages birth to 5. The storytime includes a series of four station-based sensory activities such as rice and beans, kinetic sand, a water table, and other materials with different tactile exploration experiences.

Also, the library nominated Lycoming County Commissioner Rick Mirabito for the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Elected Official Award for 2016, which was presented Oct. 3 at the library. Mirabito was appointed a life member of the James V. Brown Library board of trustees in 2015 and serves as the county representative on the board of trustees for the Lycoming County Library System.

The library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their command of five types of literacy — basic, information, civic and social, health and financial — they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, as citizens. Libraries are community centers of information, technology and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.