2007 and 2008 were banner years for Schlow Library! Schlow Library received two Best Practices Awards each year for services to children under the age of 6. These awards were granted by the Pennsylvania Library Association, and presented at the Early Learning Forum held in early April in Harrisburg.
The first award was for the summer libraries program that Schlow sponsors jointly with the State College Area School District. That program, which has been in existence for more than 15 years, opens four or more elementary school libraries one day a week for six weeks each summer for library checkout and activities.
The second award was for the library's special celebration of the One Book Every Young Child statewide event in April during National Library Week.
The third award recognized an ongoing program to provide developmental screenings for young children in the areas of hearing, vision, speech and more. These screenings are offered free of charge at the library by local professionals who volunteer their services.
The fourth award was for a series of Lunch Bunch programs on parenting, presented at the library by the school district family life specialist. Free childcare was offered simultaneously, to allow parents to give the speaker their full attention.
Schlow Centre Region Library is one of only two libraries to receive multiple awards in one year, let alone for two years running. Hooray for Schlow's children's department!