James V. Brown Library Link
4609 Route 184 Hwy
Open: Tuesday and Thursday-6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Librarians: Mary Gregory and Lori Douglass
Every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. the “bookworms” come out in Cogan House Township. Thanks to the James V. Brown Library in Williamsport, a small but busy local library exists here. The Cogan House Link, along with similar “links” in Barbours that opened in 2003; Unityville in 2006; Ralston in 2007 and Pine Creek in 2008 provide vital library services for rural areas. The Lycoming County Library System is committed to providing outreach library services to all resident, including those in rural areas through the Links and the bookmobile. It is no small task since Lycoming County is the largest county in the state. It is larger, geographically, than the state of Rhode Island.
Local librarians Mary Gregory and Lori Douglass are on hand each week to dispense smiles, information and recommendations. This facility enjoys the distinction of being the busiest link in the library system. Adults and children crowd the room in the township building where 4,350 items are available. Children and young adults have 1,470 books, 511 DVDs, and 229 videos from which to choose. Their parents can browse among the 800 adult books, 96 large print books, 861 adult DVDs and 381 videos. There is also a rotating collection of 25 books on CD. Computer internet access is available as well.
From June to September reading incentive programs are offered to children up to age 11. Throughout the summer months children keep a record of books read and turn it into the local librarians. Prizes are awarded in various age groups for the reading efforts.
Residents of Lycoming County’s outlying areas can also receive books through the Books-by-Mail program. An order form is available on the library’s website or by contacting Mary or Lori at the Cogan House Link.
Many more free online resources are available by checking out the J.V. Brown web site at www.jvbrown.edu There you will find full-text of your favorite magazines, downloadable audio books, e-books and much more. For more information about the Cogan House Link call 634-2048 during regular library hours or Kevin Renehan, County Service Manager at 326-0536 or through e-mail at email@example.com