Celebrate Children’s Book Week from May 1-7 this year by visiting the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., to discover your next favorite children’s book.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is an annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. It originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers, and the staff at the James V. Brown Library couldn’t agree more. In the words of the late Publisher’s Weekly editor, Frederic Melcher, “A great nation is a reading nation.”

But it doesn’t have to be Children’s Book Week for parents and kids to find great books at the Library. Our staff has the tools to help you pick your next great read to champion the love of reading for members of the youngest generation.

Research shows that parent involvement is the number one predictor of early childhood reading success and future academic achievement. Kids learn from parental modeling, so starting a daily reading ritual for pre-K kids is vital for developing a child’s love for reading.


Reading opens up new worlds for kids, as stories can take their imaginations to foreign lands and spark an interest in travel, culture and adventure. Give your kids the gift of reading by making it fun and exciting!

The library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their command of five types of literacy – basic, information, civic and social, health and financial – they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, as citizens.

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