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Celebrate Children’s Book Week by discovering new books at the James V. Brown Library

Celebrate Children’s Book Week from May 2-8 this year by visiting the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., to discover your next favorite children’s book.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. It originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers, and the staff at the James V. Brown Library couldn’t agree more. In the words of the late Publisher’s Weekly editor, Frederic Melcher, “A great nation is a reading nation.”

But it doesn’t have to be Children’s Book Week for parents and kids to find great books at the Library. Our staff has the tools to help you pick your next great read to champion the love of reading for members of the youngest generation.

Research shows that parent involvement is the number one predictor of early childhood reading success and future academic achievement. Kids learn from parental modeling, so starting a daily reading ritual for pre-K kids is vital for developing a child’s love for reading.

Reading opens up new worlds for kids, as stories can take their imaginations to foreign lands and spark an interest in travel, culture and adventure. Give your kids the gift of reading by making it fun and exciting!

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.

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 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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