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Check it Out: Library brings history to social media

WILLIAMSPORT — Did you know that the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has an online digital archive of local newspapers?

On Sunday afternoons, the library’s Facebook page will feature a local history fact and the date and edition in which that information appeared. Previous history facts have included the funeral train carrying the remains of President William McKinley, the history of the city’s dikes, and the Koch’s Brewery in South Williamsport.

Upcoming features include the Rotary Club of Williamsport, the Capitol Theatre’s premiere of “The Singing Fool” in 1928, plans to create the historic Millionaires’ Row, Brandon Park improvements in 1902, and the winner of the 1974 Lycoming United Way Award.

To access the online newspaper archive, visit jvbrown.edu and click on “Online Resources.” There is a public database that is accessible from anywhere in the world, and an internal database that contains newspaper articles after Dec. 31, 1922, which can only be accessed from inside the library building.

The library’s Online Resources page also includes a link to POWER Library, which is a statewide database that includes “PA Photos and Documents” collections featuring church and missionary history; genealogy; local newspapers; Pennsylvania history; school and college history; women’s history; yearbooks; and more.

Digitizing Lycoming County’s history is just one way the library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative by providing information literacy opportunities for learning. When Pennsylvania residents know how to use current technology to improve their education and enhance their skills, they can fully participate in a digital society.

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.

For your safety, all returned materials are quarantined for three days.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and holds pick up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The library also is open for public computer usage and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Passport services are available by appointment.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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