Library to host Summer Learning kickoff event with special surprises

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will kick off the 2023 Summer Learning Program with a special event from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, June 1.

This year’s theme, “All Together Now,” explores the power of kindness, friendship, and community. The Summer Learning Program is an opportunity to keep children engaged in reading and learning over the summer, whether at home or in the Library.

A special surprise at the kickoff event is the unveiling of the two new vehicles: Bookmobile and Book’s Bus. These two new vehicles were the result of a 2019-2020 Bookmobility Campaign to increase the library’s outreach efforts to better serve Lycoming County residents.

During the event, families can pick up a copy of the free Summer Learning special section published by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, which highlights the major programs taking place at all six libraries within the Lycoming County Library System.

There also will be special games, prizes and activities for all ages during the kickoff event, including a free coupon to redeem for a children’s book at the Friends of the Library’s Bookstore on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing.

Additional events scheduled during the summer include:

  • Forgotten Friends free reptile show – 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. June 9.
  • STEM activities from the Lewisburg Children’s Museum – June 12, July 24 and Aug. 7.
  • Box of Light Digital Arts Camp for tweens/teens – two sessions July 10, 11, 12 and 14.
  • Ridiculous Nicholas performance – two sessions July 26.

Registration for all summer learning programs is ongoing and available at

The Summer Learning Program is completely funded by donations and sponsors, including the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, Seneca Resources, M&T Bank, the Hartman Group, Sanders Mortuary, Frey’s Commissary, Pudgie’s Pizza, Herman and Luther’s, Ultimate Express Car Wash, PNC Foundation, Blaise Alexander Management, Kiwanis Club of Williamsport, Little Lambs Preschool, VanCampen, Young Men’s Democratic Club, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Baker Tilly, Williamsport West Veterinary Hospital, Dollar General, Wegmans, and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Donations are accepted all summer long and may be made online here:

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.

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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 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 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

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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