Check it Out: Art books donated to library

PHOTO PROVIDED Judy Olinsky, left, of Lycoming Arts and Brian Spies, right, of Factory Works Photo Lab drop off donated art and art history books to the James V. Brown Library.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., recently received a donation of art and art history books thanks to the generosity of local nonprofit organizations.

Over the past year, Lycoming Arts, The Heart of Williamsport, Factory Works Photo Lab, and the Williamsport Business Association collected art books to enrich the young adult and adult artbook collection at the library.

The effort was spearheaded by Judy Olinsky of Lycoming Arts and Brian Spies of Factory Works Photo Lab.

“As director of the Factory Works Photo Lab, which sees as its mission to advocate for and educate on the importance of visual culture, I understand that one of the ways artists develop their eye or visual style is through looking. Having access to a broad cross section of visual art, especially without the hurdle of cost, through the public library both will create and nurture generations of future artists, it’s also very much within The Factory Works Photo Lab’s mission to advocate and educate for visual literacy,” said Brian James Spies, Factory Works Photo Lab director. “We were happy to help further that mission by participating in this effort to supplement the collection of art books available to those in our community via The James V. Brown Library and the greater Lycoming County Library System. We also would like to extend our gratitude to all who donated books, without whom we would not have been able to do this.”

“Lycoming Arts supports and advocates for the arts and artists. We were thrilled to collaborate with HOW, WBA and Factory Works Photo Lab to fulfill a need within James V. Brown Library, namely art books for young artists,” said Debi Burch, president of Lycoming Arts. “This has been a challenging year for all of us and we believe we are better together.”

The donated books all have a bookplate recognizing the effort of the Lycoming Arts groups.

— 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.

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 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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