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PHOTO PROVIDED A father watches as his daughter glues her photographic letters onto a board during a recent I Spy Photography program. The young participant used a digital camera to find “letters” throughout the library and used those to create a custom word.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is an approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and is eligible for Educational Improvement Tax Credit funds (EITC) from local businesses .

This unique academic enrichment opportunity allows the library to offer free innovative educational programs to students of all ages. Businesses that donate to the library may receive a tax credit equal to 75% of its contribution or 90% for a two-year commitment.

The library’s approved programs are:

• Boom, Fizz POP! — A science-standard based program for students in grades kindergarten through second (K-2).

• I Spy Photography — This program engages a child in creative thinking by expression through the arts and photography.

• Digital Arts Camp — This program focuses on digital programming from animation to film to robotics for those in grades 4 and older.

• Teen Comic and Manga Club — This club for students in grades 6 to 12 give teens an opportunity to conceive and create original comics and build Claymation creations that are used in stop-action videos.

• Summer Learning Program

Created by the Pennsylvania State Department of Community and Economic Development, the EITC program provides tax credits for businesses that make qualified contributions to organizations that provide educational improvement programs, scholarship opportunities and/or pre-kindergarten education.

The tax credits allow companies to reinvest those dollars directly back to local communities. Most importantly, the program helps to improve Pennsylvania’s education system for students and families.

To learn more, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development — Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) at

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and holds pick up from 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday; and 9 am to 2 pm Saturday. To place a hold, visit or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. The library also is open for public computer usage and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Walk-in passport services are available. The James V. Brown Library is the 2021 PA Library of the Year.

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, and 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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