WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – As the first day of school approaches, is your child prepared for the academic year? Libraries across Pennsylvania grow students’ school readiness social, cognitive and emotional skills. The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., offers year-round story times and early literacy programs to help preschoolers with transitioning. The Brown Library’s children’s department can recommend titles to help deal with first-day jitters for elementary school students and moving up to middle school books for older children. Beginning the week of August 24, the Youth Services Department has created “Ready Confetti,” “Jitter Glitter” and “Worry Doll” Take and Make kits that children can create at home to help ease back-to-school anxieties. The kits are available at the Holds Pickup area at the Market Street entrance of the Children’s Wing. Poems and book recommendations to accompany the kits will also be shared that week on the library’s Facebook page. Starting in September, the library also has new “Read Around the Alphabet” book bags that include books featuring authors, illustrators and titles using all 26 letters of the alphabet. A free book is enclosed in each book bag while supplies last. The Brown Library’s digital databases can foster early literacy through online storybooks on Hoopla, OverDrive and TumbleBooks, all free with a library card. The TumbleBooks library includes audiobooks, books for older elementary students, and math ebooks for those in grades K-6. Families can find free online help across the grade levels and subject areas with POWER Library, including the free “chat with a librarian” function that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. POWER Library has resources for children and teens, including the Gale in Context Elementary database, which includes information about animals, geography, plants, sports, literature, and more. “Using our digital databases develops critical thinking skills important to school academic success and literacy skills vital for a love of lifelong reading,” White said. The library supports the PA Forward statewide initiative, which believes that when Pennsylvania residents improve their command of five types of literacy – basic, information, civic and social, health and financial – they can achieve greater success as students, parents, employees, consumers, as citizens. Libraries are community centers of information, technology and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens. For your safety, all returned materials are quarantined for three days. 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. Passport services are available by appointment.