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Check it Out: Library plans ‘get caught reading’ events

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is celebrating May as “Get Caught Reading” month, a nationwide public service campaign launched by the Association of American Publishers to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.

May is officially Get Caught Reading month, but the celebration lasts throughout the year. Get Caught Reading is supported by hundreds of celebrities, including Dolly Parton, Shawn Johnson, Laurie Hernandez, Yoda, and Olivia the Pig.

In celebration of “Get Caught Reading Month,” the library will have several promotions taking place. Children who come to the first-floor of the Welch Children’s Wing can get a free copy of the book “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs” by Bob Barner, while supplies last.

Older kids can get a free copy of a Star Wars book to celebrate “May the Fourth Be with You” and “Revenge of the Fifth” by sharing their Star Wars name inside the library. Tweens and Teens can select from the Jedi Academy and Origami Yoda series.

Staff members also will be featured where they were “caught reading” throughout the community on the Library’s social media channels.

“Because of research indicating that early language experience actually stimulates a child’s brain to grow and that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school, we hope to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that pleasure with the young children in their lives,” said Nina White, Youth Services Librarian.

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.

— 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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