Summer learning program plans under way at library

As summer approaches, the James V. Brown Library announced this week that the newspaper insert for their summer learning program will be in the Friday edition of the Williamsport Sun Gazette. The special insert will feature programs at all libraries in the library system, with the center focal point being the programs at the James V. Brown Library.

According to Robin Glossner, the library’s development director, the library received $36,340 from 22 corporate sponsors for the summer program, as well as another $9,000 from other donors. Registration for the program opens on June 10.

There will also be an adult summer learning program from June 7 to Aug. 30 and includes book clubs, Quizzo, adult do-it-yourself, crafts and games.

In other news, Glossner noted that reservations for this year’s author gala also will be opening up on June 10. The gala is the library’s biggest fundraiser during the year and is scheduled for Oct. 24 at Le Jeune Chef at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

This year’s gala, the 17th one to be held by the library, will feature New York Times bestselling author Lisa See. Her most recently released novel is “The Island of Sea Women.”

Barbara S. McGary, the library’s executive director, told the board the library is partnering with Penn State’s Family Pathways program to have weekly family literacy nights at the library. She noted that during the summer the Family Pathways instructional staff plan to offer six weeks of adult education classes for parents at the library as a extension of the partnership.

In an update on the digitization of library files, Glossner said that various funding sources are being explored.

Kristin Caringi, chief financial officer and chief operations office, reported that the passport program at the library continues to be popular and has generated $36,340 in revenue since the beginning of the year.

Following the business portion of the meeting, the board heard a report on the services of the North Central Library District from June Houghtaling, district consultant and Joshua Hudson, technology consultant.

Hudson, who deals with all the libraries in the system, told the board that he consults with libraries that consist of one room and two computers all the way up to the Brown Library.

The next board meeting will be at noon on June 13 on the third floor of the Welch Wing.

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