WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., was the recipient of $169,000 in grant funding from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania.

The funds will be used to digitize the library’s local newspaper microfilm collection of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette and its predecessors, the Grit, and other local publications, which cover the years from 1807 to the present. While the total grant amount was for $169,000, $167,619 was awarded from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund and $1,381 was from the Dr. Randall F. Hipple Fund.

When this project is complete, the history of our area and its people as documented in local newspapers will be available for keyword search both in the James V. Brown Library and remotely.

Once digitized, the information will be used to enrich and enable research into family history, and the history of community organizations. Digitizing local history allows it to be meaningful and significant.

Additional funding support also was provided by the Lycoming County Genealogy Society.

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 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; and 24/7 at www.jvbrown.edu.