Where did those beautiful plants in your backyard originate? Join Richard Hill of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as he discusses the forest impact of invasive plant species at 6 p.m. Monday, July 24 at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

During the program, Hill will share some of the favorite flowering bushes that originated far from Pennsylvania, some of which are considered invasive. He will explain what is meant by the descriptor “invasive,” and the damage these plants do in our State Forests. He will also talk about some native alternative landscaping plants.

Hill taught biology and general science for 22 years in the Williamsport Area School District and earned his master’s degree in forest resources from Penn State in 2011. He is the first Environmental Education Specialist in the DCNR Bureau of Forestry.

This program supports the PA Forward state initiative by providing social and civic literacy opportunities for learning and highlighting the transformative nature of public libraries within a community. Libraries contribute to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment but are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register 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 www.jvbrown.edu.