LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University recently celebrated the achievements of nearly 900 graduates during the 142nd spring commencement ceremonies. At 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019 graduate students received their degrees in the Thomas Fieldhouse. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 undergrad…

Mark your calendars for the 2019 James V. Brown Author Gala on Oct. 24, which will feature bestselling author Lisa See.In her many beloved New York Times bestsellers, including “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane,” “Peony in Love,” “Shanghai Girls,” “Dreams of…

LOCK HAVEN  — Lock Haven University and UPMC Susquehanna have announced a partnership that will provide important opportunities for health education to LHU students, UPMC employees and the local community. The new partnership will enhance Lock Haven University’s health professions programs t…

The Learning Center, a program of the Lycoming County Library System, will be discontinued at the end of June 2019.The Learning Center is an adult basic education provider that works to equip Lycoming County adults with the basic literacy skills they need to be better family members, workers…

The final piece of the triology really pulls the whole story together. Which is what a good third part of a trilogy is suposed to do of course. Its all building to the final conflict, and follows those who remain of the Fellowship as they all try their best to be ready for the dark days ahea…

The Goblet of Fire is truly the turning point of the series. Up until now, things had always been a little dark, a little worrisome between the adventures and simple troubles of a magical preteen, but nothing too serious. But now, things truly start to get serious, as the risks become larger…

I listened to this comedy CD while I was completing a home improvement project and it was, as my mother would call “a hoot!” I would not however not recommend this comedy special to my mom. She would not approve of Patton’s language, his candor or the Trump reflection. But I am all about irr…

I really enjoyed this story. The author was inspired by polish fairy tales and the book features a young female protagonist on a journey to find herself and save her kingdom from an evil wood that devours and corrupts everything in its path. It has a little bit of everything, magic, big batt…

So, the cover of this book was off-putting to me. It looks serious. The title sounds serious. I don’t like heavy outer space books. But this one was short and came highly recommended so I tried it. I am now on the third in the series and am going to move on to her fantasy books. The stories …

Thank you, Reese Witherspoon for selecting this book for your Book Club and getting this on my radar! Orlean details the April 1986 fire in the Los Angeles Public Library, efforts to find who started it, attempts to rebuild, and what libraries mean to people and communities. This is more tha…

I was so excited to get my hands on this book, which was named a Most Anticipated Book of 2019 by Oprah and more!This time, Liz Gilbert is back with a fictional story set in the theatrical underworld of 1940s New York City. Vivian is sent to live with her Aunt Peg who owns the Lily Playhouse…

This was an Amazon book of the month that examined the opioid crisis from the perspective of a high-school student athlete. Mickey is injured right before softball season and is prescribed OxyContin for her hip injury. Determined to make it back on the field for her final season, Mickey find…

Reichl was the editor of Gourmet for years and this memoir of her time with that magazine was an enjoyable read. The descriptions of business, food, and family life in the fast pace of NYC make this a quick read.

I picked up Dave Barry’s Lessons from Lucy because it was a dog book, but as I read I enjoyed the life lessons Dave Barry has accumulated in 70 years of living and writing.Yes, dogs accept us as we are and live in the moment, but the true message was in the appendix where Barry described his…

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Class-A Short-Season New York-Penn League and its member clubs, including the Williamsport Crosscutters, are proud to announce that the league's philanthropic arm, the NYPL Charitable Foundation, will once again award more than $10,000 in scholarships this summer to deser…

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., will hold its first-ever Craft Supply Swap and Crafternoon from 12:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.Bring in your gently used (or never-got-around-to-using-it) art and craft supplies and check out what others brought for you to take home. Crafters are…

The Youth Services Department of the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is celebrating the magic of reading this spring.During the month of April, staff members read to 88 classrooms served by the Storymobile early childhood vehicle and distributed new books for children as part of th…

The James V. Brown Library is launching a new initiative to ensure that high-speed internet access is available to all residents in the greater Williamsport area by letting patrons check out wireless WiFi hotspots that can connect to the internet from just about anywhere.Beginning Monday, Ap…

Music, drama, song and spectacle – opera has it all. And behind the curtain lies soaring egos, lurid scandals, and the lurking threat of fiscal and artistic disaster. You don’t have to be a die-hard opera fan to enjoy this colorful glimpse of the musical and social history behind the grandes…

On July 10, 1939, Miss Frances Kilburn began driving the first Bookmobile on rural Lycoming County roads to bring library service to the people.Since that time, a variety of vehicles have continued to travel throughout the county, bringing books, music, movies and more to the people in rural…

Continuing our journey through Middle Earth, The Two Towers is really a build up to the  Return of the King in many ways. The meeting of the Ents, the return of Gandalf (spoilers!), visiting Rohan, and the defeat of Saruman all happen in this book, which means it is not for want of action, a…

Continuing through the series as I am never one to stop part way through, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is possibly my favorite of the series. Its a healthy crossing point between the childlike fantasy of the early books, and the more serious tone the later ones start to form.The …

I love this book! The first in a series by Amy Stewart, Girl Waits with Gun is the story of Constance Kopp, who becomes one of the first woman deputies in the country.In 1914 Paterson, New Jersey, Constance and her sisters, Norma and Fleurette, become the victims of a ruthless factory owner,…

These fun, read-aloud picture books written by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald are filled with humor that kids of all ages will appreciate all while teaching a lesson.  The Good Egg is so goooood. He always uses his manners and he has trouble fitting in with all the bad eggs in his …

This lovely picture book illustrates the beauty of how one life can influence another’s in ways big and small. A young girl attends an orchestral concert and is moved by the beautiful music she hears. The book describes how the musicians were inspired and become the inspiration. With sparse …

Rachel Morelli is a high school senior whose dream is to attend Pratt Institute in New York City for photography. Her father, a professor at Kent State University, has other ideas. Set during the conflict of the Vietnam War, this novel follows Rachel as she fights to live the life she wants …

This is the first book in a series that I love. We have it available in audiobook form via Hoopla, which I very much enjoyed as well. This book is hard to categorize in a genre. My best guess is Urban Fantasy, but it feels more like traditional high fantasy with its culture and slow building…

Hill has been compared to P. D. James as one of the best detective writers. I found it to be a masterly written crime drama. A gripping detective mystery with revealing perspectives from the female detective on the case of unusual disappearances to the tapes revealing the killer’s mind.

Have you ever wondered why some books make good book club picks? Try Michelle Obama’s compelling autobiography, “Becoming.”She draws a marvelous picture of growing up in Chicago’s South Side, learning from her family that you can achieve anything if you work hard and persist. That philosophy…

This is the 2018 Man Booker Prize winner. Our nameless narrator, an eighteen-year-old girl in a nameless Northern Ireland port city in the 1970s, is an oddity. She walks around the city, always reading a book while walking, which attracts the attention of Milkman, a much older and married pa…

This book has been on many “best of” YA lists and I was hoping it lived up to the hype. No worries – it did! This is a twisty novel about a group of three teenage cousins and their friend – The Liars – who spend summers on a private island near Martha’s Vineyard.The matriarch daughters of ea…

I was born and raised in Florida so this book has been on my radar since I saw publicity for it! It’s not a novel but a collection of short stories that all feature Florida as a character in some way. What I love is that it’s not the Florida of Disney and sunsets, but the real Florida – with…

This was the first Lisa See book I have read; she was highly recommended by some friends. Two girls, Mi-ja and Young-sook, live on the Korean island of Jeju, an island known for its haenyeo, an all-female diving collective that fishes the sea. The young girls are trained by Young-sook’s moth…

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., joins libraries of all types in celebrating the many ways libraries build strong communities by providing critical resources, programs and expertise.April 7-13, 2019 is National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role l…

LOCK HAVEN  — Hailey Yatros, author, millennial life coach and keynote speaker, will present “Creating Authentic Connections in a Digital World” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in the Ulmer Hall Planetarium on the campus of Lock Haven University.  

Volunteers are at the heart of the success of the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.The library has dedicated volunteers who gave nearly 5,000 hours in 2018. These volunteers work with Leslie Bowman, Volunteer Coordinator, who meets with volunteers to determine their interests and the …

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