JVB Adult Summer Reading program

JVB Adult Summer Reading program

Libraries are meccas for community members looking for a great read, information and education. They are places for people to come together to share common interests and explore new ones that can last a lifetime. The James V. Brown Library, offers Williamsport and passers-through an oasis of resources and inspiration — one slice of this paradise is the James V. Brown Library’s Adult Summer Reading program, which runs from July until August. The programs are open to all adults, and are free to attend, as with all library programs.

“It’s … a fun, stress-free opportunity to hang out with other adults, learn something new, and if it’s a book club, talk about books,” said Dana Brigandi, marketing and adult programming manager for the James V. Brown Library. Also a librarian, Brigandi is responsible for designing and implementing all the programs for adults.

“Adults love to participate in library programs,” Brigandi said, of the Summer Reading program turnout. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” and it is a great opportunity for lifelong learning.

The “Universe of Stories” book club is space themed and includes three book chats. Not unlike libraries, space is an infinite place of learning and discovery, much of which humans have yet to explore. Each shelf of books or celestial body contains whole worlds that entice us to know more.

The first book chat focused on the book, “The Martian,” by Andy Weir, a sci-fi tale that was adapted into a 2015 Ridley Scott film starring Matt Damon about survival in the face of impossible odds on Mars.

The second chat will take place at 6 p.m. July 25 and will highlight “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space” by Mary Roach. “Packing for Mars” entertainingly explores the ins and outs of life outside Earth’s atmosphere.

The third chat, to be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 29 invites attendees to bring their favorite “out-of-this-world book to share with the group,” Brigandi said.

Reading is not only fun, it is also a great way to stay sharp and preserve mental agility.

“You’ll see lots of studies about why it is important for children to read over the summer to prevent learning loss, but really, it’s true for everyone,” she said. Summer is a time of swimming, vacations and family and friends — reading and learning, for both kids and adults, is not always on the list of summer activities. “Participating in library events offers an opportunity to learn a new skill, be social around other adults and expand your knowledge through books.”

“Lifelong learning is for everyone,” said Brigandi.

Registration for the Adult Summer Reading program is required. For more information, call 570-326-0536 or visit the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.