Do black bears really hibernate? Are there any flying mammals in PA? Coyotes and bobcats are rare “deep woods” beasts, right? If you stumble upon a fisher out on your favorite trout stream, will it necessarily be wearing rubber waders?

Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 17, local artist and outdoorsman Ron Beach will share fascinating insights about the mammals that call Pennsylvania home during the program, “Mammals of Pennsylvania,” at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Beach has amassed a tremendous store of information about Penns Woods and the critters that call them home during his 20 year career with the PA Game Commission. His fascination with the natural world continues to this day through research and volunteer work on behalf of the Lycoming Audubon Society, Rider and Indian Parks, and others. Beach “moonlights” as a well-known local artist, and his appreciation for birds, animals and their habitats shines through his remarkable paintings.

This program supports the PA Forward state initiative by providing social and civic literacy opportunities for learning and highlighting the transformative nature of public libraries within a community. Libraries contribute to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment but are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit calendar.jvbrown.edu to register or call 570-326-0536.

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.