Library recognizes November as National Family Literacy Month

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., recognizes November as National Family Literacy Month.

National Family Literacy Month is organized by the National Center for Families Learning. This month-long observance celebrates the role that literacy programs play in empowering families. To celebrate this observance, we invite patrons to visit the library, encourage parents to read for both themselves and for their child, and to attend book clubs to discuss what they read.

Children’s first teachers are their parents and caregivers. By reading to our children, we help prepare them to be readers themselves. This also correlates to a higher number of words learned before kindergarten and higher grades. Visit your local library and meet with our children’s librarian who would be more than happy to send you home with some books to read with your child.

Here are five ways you can promote family literacy at home:

  1. Set aside time each day for reading.
  2. Keep books visible around the house.
  3. Make regular visits to the library.
  4. Read the book version of your child’s favorite movie.
  5. Organize a children’s book club with friends in the neighborhood.

Celebrate family literacy with us by taking some time out of your day to read that book you have been itching to read. Don’t have a book? Then stop by the James V. Brown Library and we will make sure to send you home with a book.


The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through
Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. 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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