Large grass lawns can be beautiful but can be problematic and require a lot of mowing. Grass lawns provide less food and shelter for healthy insects and animals, and often damage native plant populations. Join Master Gardener Irene Harrison at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, as she presents “Green Deserts” and discusses alternative plantings to the traditional grass lawn and its positive environmental impacts.

Harrison also will discuss how to increase the pollinator population in your yard and our area. Harrison has been a Lycoming County Master Gardener for seven years. A resident of Cogan Station, she enjoys learning about native plants and trees.

This program is one of the many ways Pennsylvania public libraries support the PA Forward Initiative by providing civic and social literacy opportunities for learning.

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 program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit 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