Celebrate Children’s Book Week by discovering new books at the library

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.

The official 2023 Children’s Book Week poster was created by Rilla Alexander, an award-winning artist, author, and illustrator. The poster features this year’s Children’s Book Week slogan, Read Books. Spark Change. which speaks to the power that books and stories have to inspire positive change.

To celebrate Children’s Book Week, the library will have several fun activities for families in the first floor of the Welch Children’s Wing, including coloring sheets and an emoji book title game.

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!

Children’s Book Week is the twice annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country, now celebrating its 104th anniversary with over 2,000 participating schools, libraries and
bookstores in all 50 states. It is hosted by Every Child a Reader, an award-winning, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that celebrates the powerful impact books have on young people through some of the longest-running and largest reading outreach programs in the country.

Every Child a Reader is supported by individual donations, grants, foundations, and the Children’s Book Council. The CBC offers many free resources for teachers, parents, and all those seeking advice about books for young people. More information is available at https://everychildareader.net/.

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 for browsing and holds pick up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The library also is open for public computer usage and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

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 than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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