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James V. Brown Library receives grant from PPL Foundation

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the PPL Foundation.

These funds will support the library’s Summer Learning 2022 Program as part of PPL’s Cover to Cover initiative to improve child literacy. The PPL Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. PPL Foundation also provided approximately 400 books for children in grades K-3 to build their home libraries. These books will supplement the Library’s Summer Learning Program, “Oceans of Possibilities.”

Cover to Cover helps children who would otherwise miss out on reading and learning opportunities in the summer. Not reading over the summer can cause these youngsters to fall behind as much as two grade levels by the fifth grade.

Research has shown that the impact of the pandemic on K-12 student learning was significant, leaving students on average five months behind in mathematics and four months behind in reading by the end of the school year, especially among those in lower elementary school grades. “The pandemic widened preexisting opportunity and achievement gaps, hitting historically disadvantaged students hardest,” according to research by Education Week.

“PPL employees have shown their generosity by giving the gift of reading,” said Lissette Santana, PPL senior manager, Corporate Relations. “Through Cover to Cover we have positively affected thousands of young lives. We’re excited about continuing this program next year and making a difference in the lives of so many students.”

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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