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TumbleBooks help kids achieve reading goals

If you’re looking for educational games and books to keep your child engaged while helping them reach their reading goals this year, the public library can help! The James V. Brown Library provides access to TumbleBookLibrary, a free online collection of ebooks for children that can be ...

Dear Annie… Take care of yourself

Dear Readers: During these harrowing times, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. In light of that, I’d like to share some tips for keeping your immune system performing at its highest capacity. • Exercise, however you can. Exercise has been shown to improve immune ...

Ella N. Ritter, M.D.

lla N. Ritter was born on Jan. 12, 1866, in northern Lycoming County, an area so rural that bears were believed to outnumber people. Her half-brother, James, forged a career path meandering through education and medicine. Eventually he settled into a physician position at a private hospital in ...

CASA in need of child advocate volunteers

Children whose families have an active Children and Youth cases are facing grim odds if they have no one directly advocating for them, and those advocates are becoming harder to find in Lycoming County, said a Voices for Children administrator. “I have spoken to so many of our volunteers ...

Youth Services still ‘meeting the needs’

Lycoming County Children and Youth Services is still active, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, and is working to meet the area’s needs, said an administrator. “We’ve seen quite a decrease in child line and direct into our agency. I want people to know we’re still here, willing to help ...

Learn Daverio lingo: 11 new terms

The phrase “all in” originated in the context of gambling, specifically playing poker. When a player bets all he has in one hand, it is an exciting, dramatic moment. When we say “all in” in my house, it’s not about poker. We are referring to a different dramatic moment: When all five ...

Celebrate the JVB Bookmobile

Miss Frances Kilburn began driving the first Bookmobile on rural Lycoming County roads to bring library service to the people on July 10, 1939. Since that time, a variety of vehicles have continued to travel throughout the county, bringing books, music, movies and more to the people in rural ...

Dear Annie… Price tag on brotherhood

Dear Annie: Eight years ago, my brother asked me to support his network marketing work by purchasing a service. Although we weren’t interested, my wife and I signed up to support him (and he was pretty insistent). I tried the service several times but didn’t feel that it was helpful. With ...

‘Finding forever’

Life may be short, but it is sweet for some. Just ask Charlotte, a 11-month-old female black domestic shorthair/mix at the Lycoming County SPCA. Charlotte was blessed to grow up with a great mom. Her mother was an outside cat when Charlotte and her three brothers were born, Charles, Joey and ...

JVB partners with Hoopla for free access to movies, music, books

The James V. Brown Library has announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with Hoopla Digital at hoopladigital.com. James V. Brown Library card ...

Dear Annie… Concerned for elderly

Dear Annie: I am so concerned for my elderly loved ones during this pandemic, my father in particular. He’s 89 and lives in a retirement community. As of today, they’re still allowing them to go to the dining hall. They’ve reduced the number of tables and seating by half so that everyone ...

Creature Comforts: Keeping your distance with close-talkers

We all know a few people in our lives who tend to stand a bit too near, bursting our invisible bubble — invading our comfort zone of personal space when talking to us. We tend to take a step backward, feeling for the doorknob behind us, looking for excuses to escape when these folks strike up ...

Advice and tips to keep your furever family safe

Furry family members provide comfort and love during times of discomfort and joy and laughter on a daily basis. But what happens to pet owners’ interactions with their companions if they were to get COVID-19? Area veterinarians and groomers weigh in on the situation at hand to provide insight ...

RiverWoods celebrates 100th birthday

LEWISBURG — RiverWoods resident Betty Reed will celebrate her 100th birthday today, March 29, 2020. Reed was widowed at a young age, after having three children. She attended Kent State University to pursue a teaching degree and became a math teacher after graduation. She taught math at ...

Local Wise Traveler makes ‘herstory’

March is Women’s History Month and instead of talking about a random special lady, I want to talk about a woman who volunteered her time and resources. Did you know the YWCA had a program called Wise Traveler? While there was a committee who worked to plan these trips, we want to remember ...

Find your place at the James V. Brown Library

The James V. Brown Library joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise. April 19 to 25 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians ...

Dear Annie… Friendship slipping away

Dear Annie: I was lucky enough to make several wonderful friends in college a decade ago, and a number of them are still in my life. A kindred spirit amongst them moved to the same city as I did after we graduated, and we conquered and failed our way through the many obstacles of our early ...

Dr. June E. Baskin

A lifelong resident of South Williamsport, June E. Baskin (1921 — 2007) was a talented artist, a revered educator and left a lasting impact in the community. Established in 1986, a gallery bears Baskin’s name and features student art at the Williamsport Area School District Service ...

City couple’s grandson achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Grandson of William and Ruth Correll, of Williamsport, Alexander W. Correll, recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the son of Bill and Joyce Correll, all of Mount Airy, Maryland. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held on Feb. 23 at Calvary United Methodist Church, Mount Airy. Bill, ...

Connect with your library online

There are so many ways to connect with people and organizations now, and the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is no exception. The library’s website, jvbrown.edu, is the place to go to access the catalog, see what programming is taking place, read about new activities and services ...