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Check it Out: James V. Brown Library has creativity kits for children

PHOTO PROVIDED Robin Splain demonstrates a finger puppet craft.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will celebrate March as National Craft Month by highlighting creativity kits for children.

National Craft Month was created by the Craft & Hobby Association in 1994 to help support those in the creative arts industries. It is a month designed to help people discover the joy of crafting or learning a new hobby.

In celebration of National Craft Month, the library will offer a special finger puppet kit for children. Kits can be picked up at the youth services desk on the first floor of the Welch Children’s Wing.

The library has a YouTube channel full of DIY videos with fun crafts such as paint pouring, hydro dip with nail polish, making a shelf from popsicle sticks, creating wreaths out of puzzle pieces and plastic tablecloths, making a folded book hedgehog, book flowers, beaded mask holder chains, holiday ornaments and more.

The library 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.

— 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 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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