WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., was the recipient of $1,500 in grant funding from the Plunketts Creek Township Foundation Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.
The funds will be used to enhance the Barbours Link Library. The Plunketts Creek Township Foundation Fund was founded in 1944 to “promote and maintain a charitable and benevolent organization in Plunketts Creek Township to assist the needy and to foster the moral, educational, recreational and social interest of the people living in and adjacent to the said township.”
The James V. Brown Library, in collaboration with Plunketts Creek Township, operates a small satellite library in Barbours as part of our “Link Library” rural outreach. Located within the former Barbours Schoolhouse, the Link Library provides materials ranging from early childhood literacy to adult new releases, popular bestsellers, adult and juvenile DVDs, public computers and tablets, and free Internet access.
The Link’s proximity provides an immediate library experience to the residents of Plunketts Creek Township. The Barbours Link is home to a browsing collection that is actively maintained, organized, and stocked with contemporary materials. When it comes to resources that promote early education and adult literacy, relevance is key. Up-to-date informational texts set the groundwork for greater reading comprehension.
In turn, supporting the reading for pleasure that a diverse collection helps sustain. Library collections are designed to direct the reader, prompting them with a broad array of interests to pursue. The variety allows for a wide appeal. Whether educational or aspirational, whether strictly for entertainment or even companionship, libraries provide materials that contribute to the wellbeing of their community.
“No other program provides library services and materials to the residents of Plunketts Creek Township,” said Dana Brigandi, Development, Marketing and Programming Director. “The closest branch of the Lycoming County Library System resides in Montoursville, which is 34 miles round-trip. James V. Brown Library is over 40 miles round-trip. Customers of the Barbours Link can request and check out items from throughout the county library system and return materials locally to their link library for return. This service is available year-round and all without having to leave their immediate vicinity.”
The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania works to improve the quality of life in north central Pennsylvania through community leadership, the promotion of philanthropy, the strengthening of nonprofit impact and the perpetual stewardship of charitable assets. FCFP strives to create powerful communities through passionate giving. For more information, visit www.FCFPartnership.org.
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.