Library Receives Grant to Install iPads in Children’s Area | Compendium

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., recently was the recipient of a $7,552.50 grant through the Pennsylvania Public Library Broadband Technology Connectivity Project.

The grant, comYoung boy with iPad pleted by Doug Harkness, technology manager for the Lycoming County Library System, resulted in nearly $46,000 being awarded to the six county libraries to upgrade computers and purchase new networking equipment such as wi-fi access points.

With the funds, the Brown Library purchased 10 iPads with cases and lock-down cables for the children’s area. The iPads were loaded with child-friendly, librarian-selected educational apps that children and families can use together.

This project was made possible by a grant from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funded through the State Broadband Data and Development as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education thrYoung girl with iPadough the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The grants brought many library locations up-to-date to increase technology effectiveness for the public and staff.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at

–submitted by Dana Brigandi, Media Coordinator, James V. Brown Library