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Summer is here and the James V. Brown Library is in full swing with programs for all ages, not only on-site at the library, but at community parks, hiking trails and playgrounds.

“So yesterday, Wednesday, it was at Kids’ United Playground in Cochran. Every week they choose a different one within Williamsport,” Dana Brigandi, director of development, marketing and programming, told the library board at its monthly meeting.

“Families who attend say they love it because they’ve never had a reason to go to these parks before. So it also creates interest in our community,” she added.

Some programs, like digital arts, filled up in nine minutes. Parents should therefore go to the library website and check the programs available on the library calendar. Registration usually opens two weeks before the event, Brigandi said. The summer apprenticeship started on June 3 and will continue until August 3.

In her report to the board, Barbara S. McGary, executive director, said Friends of the Library had agreed to fund some of the library’s wish list items, including: adult programming, $2,000; Trainor calendar maintenance, $1,200; and the Summer Apprenticeship Final, $4,000. In addition to funding the final, McGary noted that Friends volunteers will help organize the school book fair as part of the final.

The Friends also funded the Authors’ Gala, which brings author Elin Hilderbrand to the Community Arts Center on October 13th.

McGary told council members that the bookmobile is back on the road, with a twice-weekly schedule. Information about schedule stops can be found on the library’s website.

In other news around the library, McGary said the archivist hired by the library was working on creating an inventory of the PA History Room.

“Next spring, we plan to hire him to conduct a workshop for our district member libraries on preserving and preserving local history in their libraries,” McGary said.

The library had 6,293 in-person visits and another 6,590 individual visits online last month. They also processed 85 passport applications. Since the beginning of the year, passports have generated $24,850 in revenue for the library.

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