Friends of the James V Brown Library Set Reception to Celebrate Volunteers
At a recent board meeting of the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, members
heard and approved plans to celebrate the significant contributions of time and talent given by the many volunteers that keep both the library and the Friends organization running. Volunteer Coordinator Allison Savage estimated that in 2013 the library benefitted from more than 5,000 hours of volunteering .
To honor and celebrate the generous folks who work quietly within the library and out in the community on behalf of the library, a reception will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 5:30 until 7:30PM in the Lowry Theatre in the Welch Family Wing of the Library. At 6:00 PM two special awards will be given.
The Volunteer of the Year honors a volunteer who has unselfishly given of his or her time to the work of the library steadily for five or more years. The Carile Brown Award is given to a person who has demonstrated sustained dedication to the library and who has helped carry out the goals of its founder James V. Brown.The volunteers for each department will be introduced and thanked personally. Throughout the evening light refreshments will be enjoyed by all the volunteers who attend as well as library staff who are encouraged to attend and thank their valued helpers.
Volunteers can be found daily helping patrons find their way around the library, spending time in the stacks of books re-shelving returned books, helping with programs for children, working in the Friends Favorites Gently Used Book Store, sorting donated books for the store or the twice yearly book sale, and working to set up, run, and tear down the book sales. For even more volunteer opportunities visit the “Volunteer at the Library” page.
Book Review Luncheon – Friday, April 4
April’s Book Review Luncheon will compare chapters from two books. The author of both books is Colum McCann, Irish American writer of literary fiction, who currently resides in New York City where he teaches creative writing at Hunter College.
The book, Let The Great World Spin, covers and connects a single day in the lives of ordinary people and the extraordinary stunt of a tightrope walker (loosely based on Philippe Petit) between the Twin Towers.
TransAtlantic is a linear account covering more than a century of the first transatlantic flight in 1919; the visit of Frederick Douglas to Ireland in 1845/46 and the Irish peace process negotiated by Senator George Mitchell in 1998.
Presenter will be Thomas A. Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Psychology, Humanities/Social Sciences at Pennsylvania College of Technology. Zimmerman, a native of Williamsport, has been, for several years, the member of a reading group that reads exclusively Irish authors.
Book Review Luncheons are open to the public and free of charge unless you choose to order the light lunch that is available. The lunches cost $6.00 each and can be reserved by calling the Library Information Desk at 570-326-0536 no later than 3PM the Wednesday before the luncheon (April 2). Your own bag lunch or take-out from a local eatery are also welcome.
The luncheon starts at noon with the program beginning at 12:30. Those interested may attend the 12:30 talk without lunch. These events are held in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing of the Library. The Market St. metered parking lot is adjacent to the library.
Previous Issues – Friends of the Library Newsletter
- November & December ’13
- September & October ’13
- May & June ’13
- March & April ’13
- January & February ’13