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The James V. Brown Library is hosting their 21st annual Victorian Christmas event with the theme "Riding Through Time" on Saturday, Nov. 23. The festivities include volunteer-driven Victorian-themed Christmas activities for children and a discussion about Victorian-era transportation methods with a showcase of relevant images from the library's historical photo collection.

Local historian Elaine Decker, author of the book Williamsport: Past and Present, will be on hand for the discussion about Victorian-era transportation.

Decker will also lead participants on free historical tours of the library. Did you ever wonder why there are marble statues in the rotunda?  Did you know that there was once a hospital on the site of the Children's library?  What did the original library look like? Where do the mysterious stairs at the main entrance lead?

Specific transportation-related topics will include Victorian street cars, trains, and the history of police and fire vehicles.

The library's Victorian Christmas celebration is from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., with tours of Williamsport's Victorian homes running until 5 p.m.

Admission to the Library is free, but tickets for the rest of the Victorian Christmas tour will be available for sale at the Library on that day.