Junior League of Williamsport donates diverse books to library

junior league book donationWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., was the recipient of 30 brand new books from the Junior League of Williamsport.

The books were presented to the Library as part of the local league’s efforts to provide resources for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging – known as DEIB – to families in the community. The league’s vision is to be a regional resource and advocate committed to improving the quality of life for children and their families.

The books were collected from league members during the past year and donated to the library by Patty Confer, president, (left in photo) and Amanda Steinbacher, president-elect (right in photo).

The books include the titles “Almost American Girl” by Robin Ha; “The Light of Days” by Judy Batalion; “Maizy Chen’s Last Chance” by Lisa Yee; “Amina’s Song” by Hena Khan; “Just Right Jillian” by Nicole D. Collier; “Matzah Craze” by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh; “Air” by Monica Roe; “The Big Umbrella” by Amy June Bates; and “Hannah and the Ramadan Gift” by Qasim Rashid.

According to the Association of Junior League International, of which the local league is a member, the Junior League founder Mary Harriman “believed that we all bear the responsibility to learn about the world around us in order to be more effective in our desire to improve it. That we should really try to understand the ‘why’ behind something, not just superficially give it lip service.”

Founded in 1929 by 12 women, The Junior League of Williamsport is a group of women who have a commitment to community service, are interested making new friends, and most importantly, an interest in developing her potential for voluntary community participation.  The league has committed over 90 years of service to Lycoming County, and provided manpower, management and/or money to hundreds of organizations.

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.  

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. The Brown Library is the 2021 PA Library of the Year.

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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