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JVBL to offer online magazines, Mandarin classes for free

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is pleased to announce that over 3,000 popular magazines are available to download and read on any device 24/7 starting Jan. 3.

For the first time, residents with a library card from any Lycoming County Library System library can read digital magazines alongside ebooks and audiobooks on Libby, the award-winning reading app from OverDrive, or by visiting https://libbyapp.com/library/ebranch2go.

“This is a wonderful new benefit for residents in Lycoming County,” said Sue Mayshock, Digital Resources Specialist at the Brown Library. “The ease of reading digital magazines on your personal device means you can take these publications with you wherever you go. It is a safe way to read magazines, and it saves you a trip to the Library.”

A sampling of digital magazines available include:

• Country Living

• HGTV Magazine

• Prevention

• Newsweek

• Family Handyman

• PC Gamer

• US Weekly

• National Geographic

• Good Housekeeping

• Vanity Fair

• Rolling Stone

Digital magazines have no wait lists or holds, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Brown Library patrons can also download magazines to Libby for offline use. Readers can browse lists of magazines within the app and search by format to find available titles.

Named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, Libby seamlessly connects first-time users and experienced readers with the Libby titles. This locally selected collection offers ebooks, audiobooks and digital magazines including bestsellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more.

Readers may browse eBranch2Go, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook. Through Libby, readers can also “send to Kindle.” All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles onto Libby for offline use.

To get started enjoying magazines, ebooks and audiobooks, download Libby or visit https://libbyapp.com/library/ebranch2go.

The James V. Brown Library is also partnering with NeuLingo to offer free virtual Mandarin language classes for families.

NeuLingo classes are delivered live in a safe online environment by native-speaking teachers who make Chinese interactive and engaging for children. Through theme-based activities, children will learn about Chinese language and culture as the teachers guide them through the world’s most illustrious cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an, both in ancient and modern times.

They will also virtually experience how people celebrate traditional festivals in China such as Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and more. Watch your child’s face light up as they uncover the stories behind these festivals and cities. And most importantly, they will have the chance to engage in Chinese learning and socialize with other children in our community.

China has a fascinating history and Chinese culture is one of the world’s oldest cultures. Now children in our community can learn a culture that originated thousands of years ago from the comfort at their own home. Join us on a fantastic journey to learn Chinese culture with NeuLingo.

This six-week program is open to families with children ages 6-12. Each lesson will be taught by a native Mandarin speaker, and includes games, interactive activities, and cultural activities.

Registration is required for the Zoom link and may be made at online at https://calendar.jvbrown.edu. Registration opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, and classes begin Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Attendance at all six sessions is preferred. If the class is full, please add your name to the wait list. Families on the wait list will be given first priority the next time the class is offered.

This program supports the PA Forward state initiative by providing social and civic literacy opportunities for learning and highlighting the transformative nature of public libraries within a community. Libraries contribute to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment but are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

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. Walk-in passport services are available. The James V. Brown Library is the 2021 PA Library of the Year.

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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