Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)
The James V. Brown Library is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
The unique academic enrichment opportunities the library offers at no charge to participants have qualified us as an “innovative educational program.” This means that a business that donates (cash or in-kind services) to our programming may receive a tax credit equal to 75% of its contribution (or 90% for a two year commitment).
Our approved programs are:
- Boom, Fizz POP! —This five-week science-standard based program is developed for primary students in grades kindergarten through second (K-2). In this program, which is offered four times a year, students explore being a scientist through multiple activities. They begin to ask questions, learn from their senses, notice details, draw, write, measure, count, sort, test predictions, experiment, think logically and have fun while being actively engaged in a supportive community learning environment.
- I Spy Photography –This program engages a child in creative thinking and expression though communicating with the arts and photography. This five-week program, which is offered four times a year, enables kindergarten students hands-on use of digital cameras to take photos around the library of things we see every day that look like letters of the alphabet. The goal is to find the alphabet throughout the library, form them into words and show them off in a unique format.
- Digital Arts Camp – This summer program focuses on digital programming from animation to film to robotics. Summer readers entering grades 4 and up are led through a series of classes that introduce graphic arts, music creation, film production and robotics – all the while building connections to reading and books. Students work in teams to build robots and are introduced to real-world engineering, math and science concepts in a creative setting.
- Teen Comic and Manga Club – This group for students in grades 6 to 12 gives teens an opportunity to conceive and create original comics, which encourages a greater understanding of the graphic arts. The students also build Claymation creations that are used in stop-action videos to expose them to technology concepts such as film production by using iPads. The use of digital cameras and iPads enhances the students’ understanding of technology skills.