Category Archives: Public Service

New Program Prepares Children for Reading Success

James V. Brown LibraryWhether a child knows the names and sounds of alphabet letters at the beginning of kindergarten is a strong predictor of reading ability in 10th grade.

There is nearly a 90% probability that a child will remain a poor reader at the end of the fourth grade if he or she is a poor reader at the end of the first grade.Learning to read and write is essential to school success. Children who are good readers are usually the most successful learners.

Parents can prepare children for reading and school success long before they start kindergarten. Studies show that children who enter school knowing certain language and literacy skills learn to read more easily.

Experts have identified six skills that children must know before they can learn to read, and as parents and caregivers read to children, they help develop these kills.

Parents can learn about the six critical pre-reading skills through an exciting new program series offered by the Lycoming County Library System. The “Every Child Read To Read”® programs are based on national research about brain and language development in young children.

Parents learn:

How to read to babies, toddlers and preschoolers in ways that develop the six pre-reading skills.
Tips on how to talk with your child about what you’re reading in order to get the most from the experience.
Titles of some of the best books to read to each age group.
Literacy activities that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine.
A parent guide for each age level also is available with information about each skill and suggested reading activities.

According to Jeff Swope, Youth Services Coordinator for the library system, many children who read below grade level in kindergarten and first grade never catch up. Helping to get “Every Child Ready To Read”® starts well before the first day of kindergarten.

Swope and Beth Smith, both trained by nationally certified instructors, are coordinating the programs which will be presented at three library sites across the county.

“The earlier parents begin reading to children, the better language and literacy skills they will develop,” said Swope. “As parents and other caregivers read to children they help them learn the six critical pre-reading skills.”

The spring series of workshops are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, April 7th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the James V. Brown Library
  • Saturday, April 18th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hughesville Area Public Library
  • Tuesday, May 19th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Jersey Shore Public Library
  • Caregivers are also encouraged to attend the workshops and those attending will receive DPW CE credits.
  • Everyone who participates will receive a FREE book, and a chance to win a $50 Target gift card.

Public libraries are centers for early childhood literacy. In addition to the “Every Child Ready To Read”® programs, libraries in Muncy, Hughesville, Montgomery, Montoursville and Jersey Shore offer books, storytimes and other resources to help parents nurture reading skills along with a love of reading.

Programs are FREE. For more information, or to register, contact Beth Smith, Family Place Coordinator at 326-0536 ext. 138 [or email]


PennDOT Issues Road Postings In Lycoming County

Weight Restrictions to Curb Damage
MONTOURSVILLE – PennDOT is advising motorists in Lycoming County that sections of two roads will be posted with permanent, year-round, 10-ton weight restrictions.The following state highways will get the weight restrictions:

State Route 2061 (Green Valley Road) between Route 118 and Beaver Lake Road;

State Route 2077 (Beaver Run Road) between Route 118 and Beaver Lake Road;

State Route 2061 (Beaver Lake Road – the remaining un-posted section; the western end already carries a weight restriction).

The postings are being made on the basis of traffic and engineering studies indicating that these highways may be damaged by the use of vehicles that exceed the restriction.

School buses and local-delivery trucks are exempted from the postings.

The postings will take effect as soon as the required signing is erected. A PennDOT maintenance crew will begin placing the road posting signs during the week of April 13.

The Mike Vax Big Band, featuring Stan Kenton Alumni

Hughesville Jr/Sr High School is proud to host the Mike Vax Big Band, featuring Stan Kenton Alumni on April 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at Robert M. Sides Music, Haines Music, Hughesville H.S. or by contacting MarkBoyer at 570-279-0141 or

This concert is sponsored by Citizen’s and Northern Bank, Haines Music and Robert M. Sides Music. Advertising space is available in theconcert program also by contacting Mark Boyer at the information given above and below. Alumni from the 1956 – 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras cometogether to perform for festivals, clinics, concerts, cruises and dances. The band makes tours around the United States every year, and does jazz cruises and festivals.

We perform some of thewell-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; plus in keeping with Stan’s insistence on not just performing nostalgia type music, we also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. We areNOT trying to be the “Stan Kenton Orchestra,” but we are carrying on his tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.

Leader Mike Vax is a product of the City of Oakland, CA, and theOakland Public Schools, having graduated from Oakland High School in 1960. He has led a big band off and on since his days at College of the Pacific over 45 years ago. A few of his credits include being first trumpet, soloist and road manager of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as being co-leader while Mr. Kenton was recovering from surgery; leading the Dukes of Dixieland in NewOrleans; producing and/or music directing for over 30 jazz festivals; and performing workshops for more than 2000 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world. He is an International Artist for the GETZEN COMPANY.

The goals of the big band are to perform meaningful music, talkabout the importance of the jazz heritage in America, bring jazz music to young people, and to offer our audiences a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.

Lycoming Audubon program looks at vagrant Western hummingbirds

Vagrant Western Hummingbird

Vagrant Western Hummingbird

Williamsport – “Rare Autumn Jewels: Vagrant Western Hummingbirds in the East” will be the program presented at the April 22 Lycoming Audubon Society meeting.

Wayne Laubscher, a director at large on the Lycoming Audubon Board, will present the program, which addresses the recently recognized phenomenon of vagrant western species of hummingbirds, particularly Rufous, that annually show up in the eastern United States in the fall and even in winter.

Discussed will be the differences from the well-known Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a possible explanation for these occurrences, and the efforts of a small group of bird banders, including Laubscher, who are learning more about this surprising behavior in the smallest of North American birds.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the recreation/dining hall facility at the Little League Baseball complex in South Williamsport.

For more information about Lycoming Audubon, visit .

Probing Question: What do children need to be successful readers?

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Learning the mechanics of reading is not enough, says literacy expert Gail Boldt. Children also need strategies for making sense of what they read.Successful readers “understand reading as social, a way of engaging with other people in exciting ways about topics they care about.”

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