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Technology is constantly changing and evolving. Libraries are no longer just buildings full of books and information, but also hubs for computer access and technology, all provided for free to help citizens expand their capacity for teaching and learning.

Lifelong learning is more than a habit of great utility. The willingness to confront ideas and enhance knowledge, to discover and persist in learning what we hadn’t intended – this is what prepares us for uncertainty. Libraries offer the tools to make better sense of our world, while enriching us along the way.

Start now by signing up for your free library card. For those unable to visit one of the six member libraries in the Lycoming County Library System, there are still local services available through our satellite “Link” libraries. This extends library access to the underserved areas of Lycoming County. Each Link offers computer access and a range of materials, from children to adult paperbacks, hardcover, DVDs and items by special request.

The Lycoming County Links are:

Barbours – Plunketts Creek Township Building, 179 Dunwoody Road, Williamsport. 570-478-2081. Hours are from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cogan House – Cogan House Township Building, 4609 Route 184 Highway, Trout Run. 570-634-2048. Hours are from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Pine Creek – McHenry Township Community Center, 145 Railroad St., Cammal. 570-753-3649. Hours are from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Unityville – Jordan Township Building, 4298 Route 42 Highway, Unityville. 570-458-4740. Hours are from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Through the partnerships with local municipalities, the library is able to realize cost-sharing efforts to make library services available for everyone in Lycoming County.

The Link outreach provided by the Lycoming County Library System 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.

For more information, visit jvbrown.edu/outreach-services/ or www.lycolibrary.org/.

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Due to the success of the two previous drop-off Saturdays, the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., have added another curbside drop-off date from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 29.

The Friends will station two volunteers outside by the library’s east-side entrance on State Street (alley between the city parking lot and East Fourth Street) to accept donations of adult, children’s, teens and tween books, DVDs, audiobooks, Great Courses and music CDs for its fundraising store and annual sales.

Just pull to the curb and Friends volunteers will unload your bags and boxes; no need to spend money to park or climb stairs into the library.

The donated books help the Friends provide thousands of dollars annually to the library to ensure the continuation of valuable library programs. The Friends raise these funds through the spring and fall book sales, the Friends’ Favorites Gently Used Book Store and through membership dues in the Friends organization.

The Friends’ Favorites book store is located on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing and is open at the following times:

Monday: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday and Wednesday: 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Saturday: 12:15 to 3 p.m.

Donated books may be dropped off at any time during library hours at any circulation desk. Please do not donate textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines or “moldy oldies.”

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.

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The kids are back in school, hitting the books and asking for help with their homework. But what if you are one of the estimated 18,000 adults in Lycoming County who do not know how to read or read well enough to make their lives and their families’ lives better?

The Lycoming County Library System’s Learning Center can help. When individuals learn how to read, write, do basic math and use computers, they have the power to lift themselves out of poverty, lower health care costs, find and keep sustainable employment and ultimately change their lives, according to Proliteracy. The Learning Center is a United Way partner organization and a ProLiteracy America affiliate, the largest literacy volunteer organization in the United States.

The Learning Center will have a tutor development workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 15 to prepare volunteers to work with adults to improve their reading, writing or math skills.

Tutor volunteers are needed to help adults 17 years old and older improve their literacy skills, prepare for college entrance or entry into the workplace, and use newly learned skills to meet self-identified goals.

Volunteer tutors must possess a high school diploma or GED, be able to speak and understand English well enough to communicate clearly and have no record of conviction.

The workshop will include how to work with the adult learner, how tutors and adult learners are put together as learning partners, materials available for use in tutoring, different techniques that work well in tutoring reading and learning styles. You can make a difference in an adult’s life by becoming a volunteer tutor.

Additional workshops are planned in 2017 to teach volunteers the skills, strategies and materials used to work with adults who want to improve their reading. Students also may include adults who want to brush up on their math, writing or spelling skills in order to re-enter the work place, advance to better employment, get a high school equivalency diploma or pass an entrance exam to a post-secondary institution. Call 570-326-0536, ext. 159 and ask for Virginia to find out how you can help.

Tutoring takes place at the Learning Center, any county library or at an approved site in the community. The students in the class meet daily during the week from 9 a.m. to noon, depending on the skills with which they need assistance. Students are taught by Linda Herr, literacy program coordinator, and Rob Getz, adult education instructor.

The Learning Center is an adult basic education provider that works to equip Lycoming County adults with the basic literacy skills they need to be better family members, workers and community members. It is a service of the Lycoming County Library System and partner agency of the Lycoming County United Way. It is partially funded through the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania and private donors.

The Learning Center is located at 19 E. Fourth St., on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing at the James V. Brown Library.

Registration for the tutor workshop is Oct. 10. The workshop is free and all materials are provided.