Libraries strengthen their communities in April

Libraries strengthen their communities in April

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.

April 7 to 13 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and communities. This year’s theme is “Libraries = Strong Communities” and the Lycoming County Commissioners have proclaimed the weeklong celebration in support of the Lycoming County Library System.

Libraries are at the heart of their cities, towns, schools and campuses. They have public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.

Library programs encourage community members to meet to discuss civic issues, work together using new technologies like 3D printing or learn alongside one another in English language classes. Library staff also partner with other civic and service organizations to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to make sure their community’s core needs are being met.

The Brown Library helps lead the community by providing free computers and access to the internet, award-winning early childhood programs and STEM programs for tweens and teens, and life-enriching programs for adults.

“Libraries are cornerstones of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all,” said Barbara McGary, the library’s executive director. “They also foster civic engagement by keeping people informed and aware of community events and issues.”

If you haven’t been to the library in at least two years, your library card may have expired. But don’t worry — you can come in or call to easily renew it and get access to all the library has to offer. If your card is expired and you stop in and answer a short survey, you will receive a 9-inch gift bag as a thank you.

Did you know that if the Brown Library doesn’t have a book, it can be ordered free of charge from another library? It’s called interlibrary loan, or ILL, and you can place a request online under Online Resources or at https://jvbrown.edu/inter-library-loan/.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For a list of upcoming programs, visitcalendar.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536.

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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