The best part of 4-year-old Sage’s week is coming to the James V. Brown Library, according to her guardian Lyn Baker, 57.

Lyn, her husband, and Sage recently moved to Williamsport from Chicago. They moved here so Sage could become closer to her birth mother, who works at a local college.

They walk to the library from their Louisa Street home several times a week so Sage can attend programs, play with train table, check out books and say “hi” to Franklin, the library’s Russian tortoise. They love that the library is friendly and accommodating to Sage’s sensory issues.

Now everyone at the library knows Sage. She made a unicorn during a recent Pop-Up Play event and made a friend during storytime.

Sage and Lyn also signed up for their own free library cards so they can take books and movies home with them.

For Sage, the library is a place full of new opportunities to learn and feel welcome.

“My little one and I just moved to Williamsport. She has thoroughly enjoyed not only the vast book selection, but also the videos found in the children’s section,” Lyn Baker said. “We attended Pop-Up Play on [a recent] Saturday, it was so much fun. We give it 5 stars!”


Early childhood educational programs, such as Lycoming County Pop-Up Play and library storylabs, provide social literacy opportunities for learning and highlight the transformative nature of public libraries within a community.

The Brown Library is part of a national “Libraries Transform” effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the information needs of their users.

For a listing of upcoming events, visit or call 570-326-0536.

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