Library receives mini-grant to continue One Book, Every Young Child program

The James V. Brown Library was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The funds were presented during a recent grant reception at the Capitol Lounge inside the Community Arts Center. From left are Marshall Welch, board chair of the FCFP; Barbara McGary, executive director of the James V. Brown Library; and Gary Peck, vice chair of the Williamsport Lycoming Regional Advisory Board.

The James V. Brown Library was the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania. The funds were presented during a recent grant reception at the Capitol Lounge inside the Community Arts Center. From left are Marshall Welch, board chair of the FCFP; Barbara McGary, executive director of the James V. Brown Library; and Gary Peck, vice chair of the Williamsport Lycoming Regional Advisory Board.

The James V. Brown Library is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

The funds will allow the library to participate in the 2015 Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Program, which highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3 to 6. Lycoming County preschool-age children who participate in the program get a free hardcover copy of the selected book.

“Because it is important for children to be prepared for school, the PA One Book program provides tips for adults on reading aloud, telling stories, sharing and talking about books as well as providing simple but fun activities to do with preschoolers,” said Barbara McGary, executive director of the library. “The library understands that parents are a child’s first teachers so we want to grow readers together, building a stronger foundation for the future of our children through the power of books.”

The library seeks to provide a book for every child under 5 years old in Lycoming County so they can begin to build a home library. The funds also would provide a “big book” for classroom reading in the 33 preschool and child care facilities served by the library’s Storymobile and Bookmobile outreach programs.

Participating in this program and providing free books helps the library champion the love of reading and open new doors to lifelong learning. The program takes place in April and books are distributed to celebrate the National Week of the Young Child.

“With these grant funds, we hope to increase family literacy, which means that families not only have the abilities to read to their children, but when they read they can make the stories come alive,” McGary said. “They can use sound effects and ask the children questions as they read. The goal is to provide learning experiences that support the development of pre-literacy and pre-reading skills of young children and augment the educational experiences of school-age children.”

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. The James V. Brown Library is helping to power progress in Pennsylvania as a partner in the statewide literacy initiative of PA Forward, helping libraries build stronger communities.

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania works regionally and locally to bring together people, partners and places to grow local giving and investment, strengthen area organizations and results, and take on the critical issues and efforts needed to build vibrant communities and a thriving north central Pennsylvania region. For more information on the programs and services offered by the Community Foundation, or to learn more about ways to make a difference in your community, contact the Community Foundation office at 1-866-901-2372.