‘Own-A-Day’ at the James V. Brown Library offers unique gift opportunity for any occasion

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The holidays are rapidly approaching, and you may be trying to search for that perfect gift for the person on your list who seems to have everything.


Did you know there is a way to cross that person off your holiday list and give a gift that benefits your community? With the James V. Brown Library’s “Own-A-Day” program, you can give the opportunity to name a day of library service to honor or memorialize someone special, to publicize a business, or to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.


Last year, more than 100 people and organizations took advantage of this chance to recognize someone they care about by sponsoring a day at the library with a gift of $100. You can give online at https://jvbrown.edu/own-a-day-donation/, by picking up a form at any Help Desk, or by calling the library at 570-326-0536, ext. 134.


“This is a popular program for so many reasons,” said Dana Brigandi, development, marketing and public relations director at the library. “We all have enough stuff. This is a great way to help out a community treasure and give the perfect gift.” 


She noted that people often renew the same date, year after year, as gifts for grandchildren or for wedding anniversaries. Since 2009 the program has raised more than $215,000 to help the library continue its strategic goals to champion the love of reading, open new doors to lifelong learning and ensure the preservation of library services for generations to come.


“On your chosen day, the name of someone you care about will be displayed on our flat-screen televisions throughout the building, printed on every receipt given to our patrons, published in our newsletters, and prominently displayed on our website and Facebook pages,” Brigandi said. “Your message will be seen by the more than 250 people who pass through our doors daily.”


The next time you are considering the perfect gift, think of the pleasure that owning a day at the James V. Brown Library can give.


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 www.jvbrown.edu 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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