February is National Library Lovers’ Month, a month-long celebration of school, public and private libraries of all types, a time for everyone to recognize the value of libraries and to work to assure that the nation’s libraries will continue to serve.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., 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. As part of the Libraries Transform campaign, new posters and signs are placed throughout the library and library patrons are asked to fill out a “Libraries Transform because …” notecard at any circulation desk or in library program.

Here are some ways you can show your love for the library:


Contribute – Consider a tax-deductible gift to the James V. Brown Library, or you can:

  • Donate your time, money and expertise to your library.
  • Honor a friend or relative’s birthday through the “Own-A-Day” program.
  • Donate a book to the Friends of the James V. Brown Library.
  • Remember the library in your estate planning.

Be a Friend – Join the Friends of the James V. Brown Library, a group of volunteers who provide fundraising and other assistance. As a member, you will be informed about library funding issues.

  • Donate your used books for the Friends book sale.
  • Give the gift of membership to a friend or relative.
  • Volunteer to work in the Friends Library Bookstore or book sale.

Volunteer – Volunteer your time.

  • Offer a committed helping hand to your library’s staff.
  • Become a literacy tutor.
  • Present an adult program.
  • Maintain local information or history files.

To celebrate National Library Lovers’ Month, the library is encouraging patrons to use social media to show what you love about the library using the hashtag #myJVBL on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.

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 .