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Sweet Frog Fundraiser for  Friends of the JV Brown Library


There will be a fundraiser for the Friends of the JV Brown Library at Sweet Frog frozen yogurt store, 1930 Lycoming Creek Road, Williamsport, on Wednesday, September 10.

Between the hours of 5 and 8 PM Sweet Frog will share some of their profits with the Friends of the Library, who share all of their fundraising income and memberships with the JVB – supporting the purchase of library materials and programming for the broader Williamsport community.

Come out and enjoy a delicious cone or cup of frozen delight (with as many toppings as you wish), support your local library, and hear all about the upcoming major book sale at the Pine Street UM Church on September 18 – 20.

Fall Book Sale

fall-14-book-sale When fall draws near, so does the Friends Semi-Annual Book Sale. As usual, tables at the Pine Street Methodist Church in Williamsport will be heavily laden with books of all types for reasonable prices. Browsers will find how-to books, children’s books, and every category of fiction and non-fiction to purchase, as well as CDs and DVDs. Prices range from $.50 to $3.00.

The sale will open with a preview evening for Friends of the James V. Brown Library on Thursday, September 18 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Membership forms will be available at the door. They are also available at the James V. Brown Library circulation desk, at the Gently Used Bookstore on the third floor of the library’s Welch Wing, or online here.

Doors will be open to the general public from 9 am to 7 pm on Friday, September 19 and from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, September 20.

Friday,October 3, 2014 Book Review Luncheon

The JVBrown Library Book Review Luncheon for Friday, October 3, 2014, will review the book Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman, a theoretical physicist, educator, novelist and essayist. Dr. Lightman was the first professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to receive a joint appointment in the sciences and humanities. He has taught physics and writing at MIT, and currently serves as professor of the Practice of the Humanities. Additionally, he is an international best-selling author of over twenty books.

Einsteins Dream Book CoverEinstein’s Dreams, one of Lightman’s international best-selling novels, is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. In Einstein’s Dreams, as he is creating his theory of relativity, Einstein imagines many possible worlds in which the nature of time varies (e.g. time can be circular, flow backwards, slow down at higher altitudes, stand still, etc.).

Lightman explores how the lives of ordinary people in Switzerland in 1905 would be changed in the various realities of time: the beauty as well as the unpleasantness, the advantages and disadvantages. The book has been translated into thirty languages and is one of the most widely read books on university campuses. A short book of less than 200 pages, the stories on the different natures of time will fascinate you and transport you from our experience of time into realms you have never before considered. The language is simple and uncluttered; the stories (each approximately 4-5 pages) are easy to grasp.

The author Salman Rushdie described Einstein’s Dreams as “…intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written…” Other reviewers have speculated that each story carries some deeper meaning about human life and how we choose to live it.

Physics Professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology - David Richards

Physics Professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology – David Richards

The presenter of the October book review is Dr. David Richards, a full professor at Pennsylvania College of Technology, where he has taught Physics since 1995. Prior to teaching at Penn College, Dr. Richards taught at Marion Military Institute and Judson College, both in Marion, Alabama. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Dr. Richards received a B.S. in Physics from Mary Washington College (Fredericksburg, VA), M.S. in Physics from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL), and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Design from The Pennsylvania State University.

 It is a rare opportunity when the authors of books covered at the book review luncheons come to Williamsport but this fall Alan Lightman will be speaking at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Tuesday, October 28, as part of its year-long Centennial Colloquia Series on Technology and Society. If you are interested in attending Lightman’s presentation, David Richards’ review of Einstein’s Dreams at the October book review luncheon will be the perfect introduction to this author.

The luncheons and reviews are held monthly in the Lowry Theatre on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing of the library. They are open to the public free of charge unless you choose to purchase lunch. Lunch starts at noon and features a light lunch, which you can purchase for $6.00. These lunches must be reserved by calling the library’s information services at (570)326-0536 by 3PM on the Wednesday before the event (Wed., Oct. 1). You may also bring your own lunch – packed or takeout. Or, you may come at 12:30 for the presentation only. Parking is available in the metered lot adjacent to the library on Market Street. These events usually last until 1 PM.

Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony

The Friends of the James V. Brown Library recently held a  celebration to honor the valuable volunteers who help keep the library functioning smoothly. Over 70 guests attended and  enjoyed some sumptuous hors d’oeuvres as they had a chance to meet each other and enjoy the company of other bibliophiles.

Those in attendance were welcomed by Linda Schramm, President of the board of the Friends organization. Melissa Rowse, Assistant  Library Director, spoke of the value that volunteers have in the day to day life of the library. John Confer, representing the Board of  Trustees, thanked those in attendance for their selfless dedication to the library. Linda Schramm then introduced the various volunteer  opportunities that the Friends organization has available, after which Robin Glossner, Library Development Coordinator, and  Allison Savage, Volunteer Coordinator, noted the many ways folks can volunteer within the library doing everything from reshelving  books to serving on the Author Gala Committee.

Library honorees receive awards.  (l. to r.) Patricia A Shipman, Esq., Carile Brown Award recipient, Linda Schramm, presenter and President of the Friends Board, and Lynn E Plankenhorn, Library Volunteer of the year.

Library honorees receive awards. (l. to r.) Patricia A Shipman, Esq., Carile Brown Award recipient, Linda Schramm, presenter and President of the Friends Board, and Lynn E Plankenhorn, Library Volunteer of the year.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of two awards to  outstanding, longtime volunteers. Linda Schramm presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to Lynn E. Plankenhorn who has  worked nearly every Wednesday in the Friends Favorites Gently Used Bookstore since it opened five years ago. Schramm then  Presented the Carile Brown Award, named for the wife of the library’s founder. It is given to a person who has devoted  unselfishly of their time and energy to the promotion and support of  the library and its goals.

This year’s Carile Brown honoree is Patricia A Shipman, Esq. She has been a member of the Friends for  many years and a board member for at least seven years. She is  also the immediate past president of the Friends Board and was  part of the sub-committee responsible for developing the bookstore  that can be found on the third floor of the Welch Family wing. She  noted that she has been coming to the Brown library ever since her mother brought her to story hours when she was a pre-schooler.

The chairman for the Celebration of Library Volunteers was Shirley Bittenbender, a member of the Friends Board of Directors.

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