James V. Brown Library Benefits from AmeriCorps Summer Program | News, Sports, Jobs


The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is taking advantage of the AmeriCorps Summer Program to showcase the power of your library card.

AmeriCorps, the federal agency for volunteerism and national service, offers Americans the opportunity to serve their country at the national level, address the country’s most pressing challenges, improve lives and communities, and strengthen the civic engagement. Each year, the agency invests more than $800 million in grants for local nonprofit, community, tribal, and state organizations; places more than 250,000 AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Senior volunteers in intensive service roles; and enables millions more to serve as long-term, short-term or one-time volunteers.

Amanda “Mandy” Bair, of Williamsport, will spend the summer serving the library in various capacities. She has been going to the library since third grade.

“This is my second term with STEP AmeriCorps, as I was part of the City of Williamsport Recreation Department Summer Camp last year,” she says.

Bair is a proud graduate of the University of Scranton, with a bachelor’s degree in counseling and social services with a concentration in human development. She also holds a master’s degree in school counseling with a Pennsylvania certification for grades K-6.

“I have worked in education in the greater Williamsport area for the past 15 years. I have been fortunate to be part of school communities at West Branch School, St. John Neumann Regional Academy, Little Lambs Preschool and Childcare and Lycoming Nursery School. I am currently a kindergarten teacher at First Nursery School,” Bayer said. “For the past decade, I have volunteered with the Heartworks Bereavement Support Program through UPMC Susquehanna Hospice. I am active with my St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church and the Community Theater League.

Bair is also a POUND Fitness instructor, primarily at Penn College and You Can Do It in Montoursville. She will bring the program to the Library with weekly events in June, July and August as part of “Workout Wednesdays.”

Bair will extend library programming this summer on the Storymobile with Ms. Pam; leading programs for pre-teens, teens and adults; create awareness kits for adults for the caisse; and providing library card registrations at outreach events such as First Friday and the Williamsport Farmers Market.

“Supporting neighbors in need is a quintessential American value that makes this nation stronger,” said Michael D. Smith, CEO of AmeriCorps. “Every day, selfless community changemakers are making a difference for the children and families who need it most. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers are proud to be at the heart of community and national service. We extend our deepest gratitude to all the volunteers who cultivate hope and help make a positive impact in their communities.

AmeriCorps research shows many benefits for volunteering. Volunteers interact with their communities at higher rates than non-volunteers. They talk more frequently to neighbors, participate in civic organizations, attend public meetings, discuss local issues with family and friends, serve neighbors and vote in local elections. Volunteers also donate to charity twice as much as non-volunteers and encourage others to join them.

The James V. Brown Library is open for browsing and pick-up 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 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. Walk-in passport services are available. The James V. Brown Library is Pennsylvania’s Library of the Year for 2021.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 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 refuge for those who seek it, and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library welcomes over 225,000 visitors a year and circulates half a million items a 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 provide a better future for all.

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