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Shades of Brown Newsletter

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Fundraising Night at Panera-Williamsport (Click Here For Flyer)

The Friends of the James V. Brown Library will hold a fundraising event on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Panera Bread, 202 Basin St., Williamsport.

To support this fundraiser you will need to make a purchase at Panera between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. (to eat/drink at the restaurant or to take out) AND present a printed flyer or electronic version of the flyer on a mobile phone or tablet when ordering.

The number of flyers turned in at the time of purchase will determine the amount of funds that Panera will donate to the Friends; Panera requires a minimum of 20 flyers to guarantee a donation to the Friends. If you go as a family of 4, for example, you should take 4 flyers to be handed in at the time of ordering.

Starting in April, the flyers will be available: in the Friends’ Favorites Book Store on the third floor of the Library’s Welch Family wing, at the Spring Book Sale at Pine Street United Methodist Church, from members of the Friends’ Board, and at the Library checkout desk. The flyers will NOT be available at Panera Bread at any time and may not be distributed at Panera on the day of the event. All funds raised through this event will be used to help fund Library programs and materials.

Book Review Luncheon 

In the Time of Butterflies – Friday, April 7th Book Review Luncheon

On May 5, Dr. Sue Kelley will review the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential by Carol S. Dweck.   Some people respond to failure with negativity and detachment  — a fixed mindset.  Others react to failure with enthusiasm and energy — a growth mindset.   Dweck’s book asks the question “What mindset are you?” and explores how individuals can develop a more positive mindset.  Reviewers comment, “This is a book that can change your life,” and “One of the most influential books ever about motivation.”

Dr. Kelley is an associate professor at Lycoming College teaching in the psychology department.  This book has formed the basis for much of her research.  Kelley received her undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  Her graduate degrees are from the University of Pittsburgh where she received the Merle Moskowitz Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award.  She has authored numerous articles and presented at conferences.

Kelley chose this book for review because she is interested in understanding why some individuals respond to failure in a positive manner, while others succumb to failure with negativity.  Dweck uses real-world anecdotes and examples to demonstrate the core principles from her research in a way that is applicable to everyday life. Recently, the book was recommended reading for all faculty in the Williamsport Area School District because of its potential for use in the education system.  The ideas in Dweck’s book are important and valuable to everyone.

The luncheon will start at 12 noon in the Lowry Room of the Welch Family wing of the James V. Brown Library.  Those who wish may purchase lunch at noon for $6.  To reserve lunch, use the online reservation calendar on the library website ( where you will find a prompt for reservations or call Dana at the Library at 570-326-0536, ext. 114.  Reservations should be made by the Wednesday before the review, specifically April 5th.  (Please note that you should register only if you wish to reserve lunch.)  You may bring your own lunch or simply attend the book review which will start at 12:30 p.m.  Parking is available in the public lot off Market Street, adjacent to the Welch Wing.

Please note that May’s Book Review Luncheon will be the last until October 6th.

2016 Friends' Board of Directors and Members

2016 Friends’ Board of Directors


  • President: Ardythe Cross
  • Vice President: Chuck Featherstone
  • Treasurer: Nancy Berkheimer
  • Secretary: Mary Beth Kibbe
  • Jim Cunningham
  • Dave Dahl
  • Letty Gray
  • Janet Hurlbert
  • Christine Kaiser
  • Betsy Madsen
  •   Linda Morris
  • Joanne O’Neill
  • Greg Thomas
  • David Wright
  • Jeanne Yaggi