The James V. Brown Library, along with the five other libraries of the Lycoming County Library System, will again participate in the national summer reading program starting in June.

This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” and encourages families to explore new ideas to become better readers and lifelong learners.

The National Summer Learning Association has found that “most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months. Low-income students also lose more than two months in reading achievement.”

Reading helps a child reach for the stars and see their potential. Stop by your local library to participate in out-of-this-world summer reading activities and events. The Lycoming County Library System’s information is available at: www.summer-reading.org and in a special publication that was published May 23 in the Sun-Gazette.

Nurturing a more literate society is one of five literacies in PA Forward, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. When leveraged properly, libraries can help solve some of Pennsylvania’s biggest economic and social problems.

Registration for the James V. Brown Library’s summer reading program begins June 10. 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.