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James V. Brown Library receives Cultural Pass to Lewisburg Children’s Museum

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is one of 10 regional libraries participating in the Cultural Pass Program offered through the Lewisburg Children’s Museum.

As part of the program, which was made possible by the Charles and Betty Degenstein Foundation, the Library received one Cultural Pass that will provide library card holders with a free family day pass (admission for up to 4 guests) that can be checked out according to the Brown Library’s lending policies.

The program will run from June 2022 through June 1, 2025. Patrons will present the passes to the Museum, where they will be scanned to record utilization. The passes will be housed in a CD case with additional information about the Museum and the program.

“Getting a free pass to visit the Museum is as simple as visiting your local library,” said Kahla DeSmit, LCM Executive Director. “We know there are more and more demands on a family’s resources, and we are so excited to expand a program aimed at making the Museum even more accessible. We are so proud to partner with James V. Brown to accomplish this goal.”

Some details about the pass:

• Cultural Passes provide admission for up to four (4) guests.

• General admission applies to those 1 years and older. If a patron has more than 4 guests, then general admission of $8 per person applies for each additional guest.

• Cultural Passes are valid for general admission only. Passes are not eligible for use at Museum special events, programs, classes, and/or workshops.

• Passes must be picked up and returned in person to the participating Library (just like a library book). Passes should be returned promptly, and libraries have the right to establish late penalties.

• Patrons are responsible for verifying the museum’s hours of operation, parking, or other special directions. The Library is not responsible if the museum is unexpectedly closed or if a pass has not been returned on time.

• Cultural Passes must be returned to the Library that is was checked out from. Passes may not be returned via drop boxes.

• There is a late fee of $5 per day the Pass is overdue. If a Pass is damaged, lost or stolen, the patron will be responsible for the $10 replacement fee.

Participating libraries include: Beavertown Community Library, Degenstein Library, James V. Brown Library, Middleburg Community Library, The Milton Public Library, Montgomery House Library, Mount Carmel Area Public Library, Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library, Public Library for Union County, and Rudy Gelnett Memorial Library

Brown Library patrons are encouraged to call the Library to see if the pass is available before stopping in.

More information about the Lewisburg Children’s Museum can be found at https://www.lewisburgchildrensmuseum.org/

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.

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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