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October Book Review Luncheon

book-cover-green-mileMs. Dana Brigandi, leadership assistant and public relations & community partnership coordinator at the James V. Brown Library, will present the October 2, 2015 program on the Stephen King novel, The Green Mile.

The book is set during the Depression and tells the story of a prison ward superintendent and his encounter with an unusual inmate who has inexplicable healing abilities. The “green mile” refers to the last 40 yards a condemned prisoner must walk to his execution by electric chair. The Green Mile was published in 1996 as a six-volume series.

Ms. Brigandi states that she selected this book for several reasons. It is not a typical “scary” Stephen King novel and thus will have wider appeal; was made into a critically acclaimed movie starring Tom Hanks; exhibits Stephen King’s incredible storytelling; and gives the reader an emotional journey. The story deals with the important message of human kindness, the theme of growing old, racial issues, the death penalty and other relevant philosophical issues that we struggle with today.

dana-circle2Born near Tampa, FL, Ms. Brigandi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications-Journalism from the University of South Florida, and after moving to Pennsylvania in 2001, earned a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Lock Haven University. Ms. Brigandi was employed by the Williamsport Sun Gazette from 2001-2013 where she worked as a copy editor and Lifestyle-Education editor, and by Lycoming College for almost a year in public relations. She has been with the James V. Brown Library since 2013. Ms. Brigandi resides in South Williamsport with her husband and their two young daughters.

This may be the first Stephen King book to be reviewed at a Friends’ book review luncheon. However, it is Halloween month and the perfect month for a great storyteller. Don’t miss it!

The luncheon will start at noon in the Lowry Theatre of the Welch Family wing of the James V. Brown Library. Those who wish may purchase lunch at noon for $6. To reserve lunch, call Dana at the Library at 570-326-0536, ext. 114 or use the online reservation calendar on the library website, scroll down to the date of the book review where you will find a prompt for reservations.

Please note that you only need to register if you wish to reserve lunch. You may bring your own lunch or simply attend the book review which will start at 12:30 p.m.

Parking is available in the lot off Market Street, adjacent to the Welch Wing.

Volunteer Appreciation Reception

Robin Glossner, center, JV Brown Development Director, with Carile Brown recipients Stephanie Calder, left, and Laurie Burkholder, right

Robin Glossner, center, JV Brown Development Director, with Carile Brown recipients Stephanie Calder, left, and Laurie Burkholder, right

On April 23, 2015 the Board of Directors of the Friends of the James V Brown Library celebrated and recognized the significant contributions of time and talent that are given by the many volunteers working within the walls of the library and out in the community on behalf of the library and its many programs.

Volunteers can be found daily helping patrons find their way around the library, spending time in the stacks shelving returned books, helping with programs and activities for all ages, working in the Friends Favorites Gently-used Book Store, sorting books for the twice-yearly book sale, and doing many more equally supportive tasks. A reception honored and celebrated these generous folks who work quietly within the library and out in the county.

Friends President Greg Thomas welcomed all in attendance and personally thanked all of the volunteers for their generous service. He then served as emcee introducing the various people taking part in the evening festivities.

Greg Thomas, President of the Friends of the Library Board, left, and Barbara McGary, JVBrown’s Executive Director, right, with Carile Brown recipients  Laurie Burkholder, with Thomas, and Stephanie Calder, with McGary

Greg Thomas, President of the Friends of the Library Board, left, and Barbara McGary, JV Brown’s Executive Director, right, with Carile Brown recipients Laurie Burkholder, with Thomas, and Stephanie Calder, with McGary

Barbara McGary, Executive Director of the Library, and Harold Hershberger, Jr., representing the Board of Trustees, in a conversational style, noted that in 2014 volunteers logged nearly 9,000 hours of work for the library. They called volunteers the “backbone of the library” whose work would be worth tens of thousands of dollars – dollars that are just not there owing to state and federal cuts to libraries. McGary noted that so far in 2015 volunteers have logged 2478 hours of work!

They also thanked the Friends of the JVBrown Library for their consistent financial support of the library’s goods and services. These monies come from the annual membership dues, twice yearly major book sales, and the book store on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing. The Friends have regularly supported the library with annual financial support in the neighborhood of $30,000.00! McGary and Hershberger ended their remarks by toasting the volunteers and Friends as making the Brown Library “the place to be in our community!”

Greg Thomas then gave recognition to all the various committees and their members and helpers who work directly within the Friends organization. Laura Ferringer, Volunteer Coordinator for the library, thanked all the many volunteers who work within the library system from shelvers to program presenters to various outreach programs like the Storymobile and Bookmobile.

Volunteers of the Year Award - Jean and Gary Reeder.

Volunteers of the Year Award – Jean and Gary Reeder.

Thomas then presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to honor volunteers who have unselfishly given of his or her time to the work of the library for a significant period of time.

Those honorees this year were Jean and Gary Reeder.

Jean works in the book store at least two days each month, helps with the set-up and running of the semi-annual book sale, and re-shelves returned books on a weekly basis.

Gary has been working on the Bookmobile since 2010. He provides support on its longest run to numerous day cares and schools in the outer regions of Lycoming County often putting in nine or ten hour days.

The Carile Brown Award, named for the wife of founder James V Brown, is given to those who have demonstrated sustained dedication to the library thus helping to carry out the goals of its founder. This year’s Carile Brown recipients are Laurie Burkholder and Stephanie Calder. These two tireless and creative women have, for several years, co-chaired the library’s Annual Author Gala held annually in the Fall. It is the library’s major fundraising event. Together these two women have raised almost $200,000.00 for the library’s goods and programs.

As an entertaining close for a delightful reception, Youth Services Coordinator, Nina White, entertained the gathering with a reading of BJ Novak’s The Book with No Pictures. The book lent itself to very entertaining dialogue between the reader and audience members and provided some laughable moments for all. It is one of the more recent acquisitions in the children’s department.

For information about volunteer opportunities at the JVB Library ask at the information desk in the main circulation room or see the Volunteer with Us at the bottom of the page.


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