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November & December ’14
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The Annual General Membership Meeting of the Friends of the James V. Brown Library will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 , in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Family Wing of the J.V.Brown Library. New officers and directors of the Friends of the Library will be elected and committees will give annual reports. All members of the Friends of the James V. Brown Library are encouraged to attend.

JVB Friends Fuel Bookmobiles and More

After a successful fall book sale, the Friends of the James V. Brown Library have agreed to fund a wish list to support key programs at the library.  Among these are gasoline allotments for bookmobile and Storymobile, the annual subscription renewal for the popular Mango foreign language program, large print book collections, a research series for the visually impaired,  bonus books for e-readers, and young adult books.  The  $26,500 wish list is being funded with proceeds from recent book sales, Friends’ Favorites bookstore revenue, Friends’ memberships, and donations.

November Book Review Luncheon – Friday November 7 at Noon.


Dr. Richard Morris has chosen James McBride’s The Good Lord Bird, Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction in 2013, as his subject for review on Friday, November 7.

The title, The Good Lord Bird, refers to the ivory-billed woodpecker, considered a good luck charm by many during the 1800s.  A feather from this totem was held by the narrator, a fictional 103 year old black man recalling his life as a young black “girl” named Onion, while accompanying John Brown, the eloquent Abolitionist speaker and violent Abolitionist crusader, from Bloody Kansas to Harpers Ferry.  Onion, who Brown mistakenly identifies as a girl, accepts the feminine identity because it protects him from potential violence.

Onion recounts events from a black child’s perspective but filtered through the lens of age and experience.  Through Onion’s eyes, McBride explores many themes relating to race and race relations before the Civil War and he provides a picture of the controversial and enigmatic John Brown.

Richard Morris received his PhD in American History from New York University.  He was a member of the History Department at Lycoming College for 37 years. A specialist in Colonial and Revolutionary America, he also taught courses in Civil War and African American History before retiring in 2013.

This review will be presented on Friday, November 7 in the Lowry Theatre on the third floor of the Welch Wing of the James V. Brown Library.

The luncheon will start at noon in the Lowry Theatre of the Welch Family wing of the JV Brown Library. Those who wish may purchase lunch for $6.  To reserve a lunch, call Dana at the library at 570-326-0536 ext. 114.  Reserve your lunch by 3:00 PM the Wednesday before the luncheon (Nov. 5 ). You may take your own lunch or simply attend the reviews which will start at 12:30. Parking is available in the metered lot off Market Street adjacent to the Welch Wing.

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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