Local families use the James V. Brown Library every day to meet their learning and leisure needs.

Each day, more than 500 people walk through our doors for a variety of reasons. They attend programs to enrich their lives and the lives of their families. They come for storytimes for their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, because they want their kids to be lifelong readers. They come for connection to the internet, and connection to other people. They come for solitude, and they come to seek information. They come to find the right book, at the right time.

And the library is here for them, free to everyone who comes through our doors or accesses us online.

The library relies on community support to help provide access to knowledge, books, computers and educational programs to all members of society.

The library is beginning its annual campaign, where it asks the community to help us continue to grow and support education. Please consider making a donation in person or online at www.jvbrown.edu.

We hope you consider making a gift to the library this year. We could not grow and respond to the changing needs of our community without the generosity of our community members.

Your gift will purchase the books and online resources our community depends on, will ensure that children have the opportunity to come to storytimes and learn to love reading long before they go to school, provide computers for teens to use for homework and research, and make information accessible to all.

“Every dollar raised is important because it serves as a catalyst for change in our community,” said Barbara McGary, executive director of the library. “When you support libraries and library services, you are supporting more than a place with books and technology. What you are really supporting are ideas and relationships.”

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.