The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., has once again been recognized by the state for its innovative and creative educational programs for children. The library received a Carolyne L. Smith Best Practices in Early Learning Award by the Pennsylvania Library Association.

Nina White, youth services and programming manager, accepted the honorable mention award for Wobbler Storytime during the annual conference Oct. 14-17 in Harrisburg.

Wobbler Story Time is transitional program designed especially for mobile infants who are not quite ready for busy toddler tales, but ready to graduate from baby story time. Wobbler Story time continues the early literacy tradition of nurturing a love of books and reading together. During each class, wobblers are introduced to a sensory area to enhance their curiosity. The goal of the class was to increase programming for children under the age of 2, when 70 percent of the brain is developed.

Under White’s leadership, the library has received PaLA recognition for seven consecutive years and for the past five years, the library has been recognized in the infant/toddler age group. Previous award-winning programs were Jammie Jam and Tinkertown for Tots (2017); Pint-Size Pollocks and Sensory Storytime (2016); Infant/Baby Massage and Preschool Science Lab (2015); Baby Café (2014) in partnership with UPMC Susquehanna; Toddler Daddy and Me: Rhythm, Rattle and Rock (2013); and Mother Goose Fair (2012).

“The committee worked arduously selecting the award winners and honorable mentions from more than 50 applications this year,” said Caralee Sommerer, Senior Librarian with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and chair of this year’s Best Practices Awards Committee. “We chose winners that embodied the PA Forward literacies in their programs, sparked creativity, had a unique community collaboration and was engaging to audiences.”

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.

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.