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The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is pleased to announce that over 3,000 popular magazines can be downloaded and read on any device 24/7 starting January 3. .

For the first time, residents with a library card from any library in the Lycoming County Library System can read digital magazines as well as e-books and audiobooks on Libby, the award-winning reading app of Lycoming. ‘OverDrive, or by visiting https://libbyapp.com/library/ ebranch2go.

“This is a great new benefit for residents of Lycoming County,” said Sue Mayshock, digital resources specialist at the Brown Library. “The ease of reading digital magazines on your personal device means you can take these publications with you wherever you go. It’s a safe way to read magazines and saves you the trouble of going to the library.

Here is a sample of digital magazines available:

• To live in the countryside

• HGTV Magazine

• Prevention

• News week

• Family handyman

• PC player

• American weekly

• National geography

• Good Housekeeping

• Vanity fair

• Rolling stone

Digital magazines do not have waiting lists or reservations, do not count towards payment limits, and offer readers the flexibility to renew their selections. Brown Library users can also download magazines from Libby for offline use. Readers can browse magazine listings in the app and search by format to find available titles.

Named one of Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the Decade, Libby seamlessly connects novice users and experienced readers to Libby titles. This locally curated collection features eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, including bestsellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can choose from virtually any subject ranging from mystery, romance, kids, business and more.

Readers can browse eBranch2Go, instantly borrow titles, and start reading or listening for free with a valid library card. This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and Chromebooks. Thanks to Libby, readers can also “Send to Kindle”. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the loan period and there are no late fees. Readers can also download titles from Libby for offline use.

To start enjoying magazines, eBooks, and audiobooks, download Libby or visit https://libbyapp.com/library/ebranch2go.

The James V. Brown Library is also partnering with NeuLingo to provide free virtual Mandarin lessons for families.

NeuLingo lessons are delivered live in a secure online environment by native teachers who make Chinese interactive and engaging for children. Through themed activities, children will learn about Chinese language and culture while teachers guide them through the world’s most illustrious cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Xi’an, both in ancient and modern times.

They will also virtually experience how people celebrate traditional festivals in China such as Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and more. Watch your child’s face light up as they learn about the stories behind these festivals and cities. Most importantly, they will have the chance to engage in learning Chinese and socialize with other children in our community.

China has a fascinating history, and Chinese culture is one of the oldest cultures in the world. Now the children of our community can learn a culture that began thousands of years ago in the comfort of their own homes. Join us on a fantastic journey to learn Chinese culture with NeuLingo.

This six-week program is open to families with children aged 6 to 12. Each lesson will be taught by a native speaker of Mandarin and includes games, interactive activities, and cultural activities.

Registration is required for the Zoom link and can be done online at https://calendar.jvbrown.edu. Registration opens at 10 a.m. on Tuesday January 25 and classes begin on Tuesday February 8.

It is best to attend all six sessions. If the course is full, please add your name to the waiting list. Families on the waiting list will be given priority the next time the course is offered.

This program supports the PA Forward State initiative by providing social and civic literacy opportunities for learning and by highlighting the transformative nature of public libraries within a community. Libraries contribute to education, employment, entrepreneurship, engagement and empowerment, but are often overlooked as catalysts for powerful individual and community change.

The James V. Brown Library is open to navigation and can be picked up from 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday; and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. To reserve, visit www.jvbrown.edu or call 570-326-0536 during library hours. The library is also open for the use of public computers and for services such as printing, faxing, copying and scanning. Passport walk-in services are available. The James V. Brown Library is PA Library of the Year 2021.

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 refuge for those who seek out and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has over 225,000 visitors per year and distributes half a million articles per year. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacy in our communities to ensure a better future for all.

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