WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Best-selling children’s book author-illustrator Zachariah OHora will visit the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., as part of a special reading event from 6-7 p.m. Monday, April 16, and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 17.

The featured story, “My Cousin Momo,” is the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child 2018 selection. The book was published in 2015 by Dial Books and is for children ages 3 to 5. In the book, Momo is coming for a visit and his cousins are so excited. But, when Momo appears, the squirrel cousins find that he has interesting dress up clothes, plays games differently, and doesn’t want to fly, even though he is a flying squirrel.

The PA One Book, Every Young Child program, now in its 13th year, highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers and the significance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books.

“By making this reading a family event, parents and caregivers will not only enjoy sharing a story experience with their preschooler, but they will also have the opportunity to learn more about the PA One Book, Every Young Child initiative,” said Nina White, youth services manager at the Brown Library. “Giving away a free book to those who come to the event helps families build a home library and champion the love of reading in their home. Studies show that activities like reading aloud and sharing books and stories are crucial to early learning. Adults must find ways to engage children in activities like talking about a book’s cover and illustrations, discussing the action in the book and favorite parts, pretend play related to the book and more.”

“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 aims to provide a book for every child under 5 years old in Lycoming County so they can begin to build a home library, along with providing a “big book” for classroom reading in the nearly 30 preschool and child care facilities served by the library’s Storymobile and Bookmobile outreach programs.

To learn more about the PA One Book, Every Young Child initiative, visit www.paonebook.org.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. This is a walk-in program that is open to the public. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 for more information.

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.