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The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is celebrating the 11th anniversary of Take Your Child to the Library Day with special activities on Saturday, February 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Take Your Child to the Library is an international initiative that encourages families around the world to take their children to their local library. Launched in 2011 in Connecticut, the event raises community awareness of the importance of the library in a child’s life and promotes library services and programs for children and families. Join the party!

Activities include a play area in the first floor kids, a family scavenger hunt, new games for the creativity zone, a new Lego wall in the tween/teen zone, and fun books to build home libraries. Come spin our fun prize wheel for a chance to win a squishee fidget, light up bracelet, bookmark and other surprises. Each child who comes to the library will receive a free book, while supplies last.

Thanks to the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, children who stop by the Friends Favorites Bookstore on the third floor of the Welch Wing that day will also receive a free book.

The event was developed to shine a light on libraries as vital community resources that enrich, educate and entertain – and to encourage families around the world to take their children to their local libraries.

“Since its inception, Take Your Child to the Library Day activities have been made available to more than 39 million individuals and families across the United States and in countries around the world,” said Jennifer Keohane, executive director of the Connecticut Library Consortium. “Bringing kids to the library helps them develop a love of reading and learning, but the benefits don’t end there. Choosing and checking their own material helps children learn independence, sharing and responsibility. Library books and technology open up access to the world and fuel children’s curiosity and passions. And library programs offer a myriad of opportunities to learn, discover, make friends, and have fun! If you want your kids to become thoughtful, engaged citizens, start by taking them to the library – on any day Take your child to the library or any day.

The library supports the statewide initiative PA Forward, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their literacy skills in five types – basic, informational, civic and social, health and financial – they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, as citizens. Libraries are community hubs of information, technology and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunities for all of our citizens.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and pick-up 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To reserve, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during library hours. The library is also open for the use of public computers and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. The James V. Brown Library is PA Library of the Year 2021.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 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 refuge for those who seek it, and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library welcomes over 225,000 visitors a year and circulates half a million items a year. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacy in our communities to provide a better future for all.

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