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Library to Host Summer Learning Kickoff Event With Special Surprises

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will kick off the 2024 Summer Learning Program with special activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

The Library’s Summer Learning Program is an opportunity to keep children engaged in reading and learning over the summer, whether at home or in the Library.

This year’s theme is “Adventure Begins at Your Library” and during the kickoff, the Library will feature character meet-and-greets provided by the Enchanted Teapot, a performance by Celtic Wood and Wires band from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., along with fun games, free books, and prizes.

During the event, Summer Learning Adventure Passports will be distributed, which is how families can track their summer learning progress and turn it in at the finale on August 10 for a special sweet treat and ride on the Hiawatha.

Families can also pick up a copy of the free Summer Learning special section published by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, which highlights the major programs taking place at all six libraries within the Lycoming County Library System.

Additional events scheduled during June include:
– June 17 – RiverWalk Adventures with Book’s Bus, 9:30 a.m., RiverWalk Parking, 1324 Commerce Park Drive.
– June 17 – Fire Safety with Smokey Bear, 5 p.m.
– June 21 – Bird Walk guided by members of the Lycoming Audubon Society, 9:30 a.m., Canfield Island pavilion.
– June 29 – Growers Market Storytime with Book’s Bus, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
– June 29 – Pool Party at Memorial Park, 4-6 p.m. Your library card gets you free admission to the pool!

Registration for all summer learning programs is ongoing and available at

The Summer Learning Program is 100% funded by donations and sponsors, including PPL Corporation, Seneca Resources, PNC Foundation, Wegmans, M&T Charitable Foundation, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Baker Tilly, FCCB, International Development Company, Hartman Group, Fraternal Order of Eagles 970, Frey’s Commissary, Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club, Journey Bank, Sanders Mortuary, Kiwanis Club of Williamsport, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 145, Young Men’s Democratic Club, Little Lambs Preschool Childcare, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Weis, and Ultimate Express Car Wash. Donations are accepted all summer long and may be made online here:

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 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

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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