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1:30pm to 2:30pm

Join us for a discussion of The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck.

3:30pm to 4:30pm

Are you interested in technology & computers? Want to learn basic computer code? Mike G. will demonstrate Python and participants will gain hands-on experience!

  • Ages: Grades 7-12
  • Where: Conference Room
211 South Allen Street
Conference Room (2nd Floor)
State College, PA 16801
Sorry, this event is full
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice. . .published and hopeful. All writers are welcome!

NVWN also serves as a connecting point for local critique groups.

Please contact Mark T. Shirey  at mts@uplink.net for more information.

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room

December meeting Agenda:

Poetry, prose, anything goes.  Everyone is welcome to attend and read 5 minute samples of their work (or longer, depending on the number of readers) and/or listen.
 

No registration necessary
10:00am to 4:00pm

Our open game time has moved!

Join us for open gaming at Schlow! We provide a range of tabletop games and you provide the players. We are teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA to bring you a bigger and better gaming event! Members of this group have been meeting here on Saturdays and are excited to see new people and share the games they bring from their own collections.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: One Saturday a month, dates available on our web and printed calendars

Available games include:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chess
Checkers
Compounded
Dixit
Dominion
For the Crown
Forbidden Island
The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin
Oz Fluxx
Pandemic
Revolution!
Scrabble
Shadow Hunters
Standard Playing Cards
Ticket to Ride
Ultimate Werewolf

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Wednesday 4 times .
10:30am

Singing, dancing, fingerplays, and stories - a fun time for you and your toddler. 

  • Ages: 18 to 36 months
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 1: Wednesdays at 9:30am

  • January 21
  • January 28
  • February 4
  • February 11
Sorry, this event is full
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate the springtime with creative activities from Paws of Friendship.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary

August 3 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit? Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

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Spring 2015 Series

Our popular Gadgets for Grownup series returns in January with exciting new classes as well as a few old standards!  All classes meet Saturdays at 10:30am in our Musser Room. 

Join us for:

Check our event calendar for details or call 814.235.7816 to register.

 

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6:30pm to 7:30pm

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Join us for a discussion of And the Mountains Echoed by bestselling author Khaled Hosseini.

Note: The Evening Book Discussion Group usually meets the third Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Sun Room. The April 2014 meeting will be on the 4th Tuesday, April 22, due to author Mary Roach's appearance at Penn States's HUB at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 as part of 2014 Centre County Reads.  

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
2:30pm

with author Lindsay Barrett George

Science is all around us. Animals are all around us. Be a nature detective and learn about the animals that live in and around State College…and make a book about your favorites! 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Lindsay Barrett George will have her books for sale after the program
No registration necessary
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Graphic Novels

Comic fanatic? Want to see your creation go from concept to publication? Join us for a new series for ages 12 to 18.  We’ll work with teachers and artists to learn the process and read some great graphic novels too.

You'll read two excellent books and help create something new that will be published online!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: October 18 & 25, 12pm-4pm

We strongly recommend attending both sessions.

Books and lunch are provided.

Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
10:30am to 11:30am

Gadgets for Fitness

Our popular Gadgets for Grownup series often focuses on stationary activities like reading, but we know how important it is to get moving too! Join Cathi for this class on using your gadgets for your health - from apps that track your workouts to the wearables.

Featuring:

Nike+ Fuelband SE
Fitbit Surge
Gym Watch
Samsung Gear Live
JAWBONE UP Move

  • Where: The Musser Room

If the event is full you may call to be added to the wait list.

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
11:00am to 12:00pm

Family Music Time

A program of music learning with singing, moving, and playing simple instruments such as rhythm sticks, bells, drums, and sound bars, will be presented by certified Kindermusik teacher Katie Jones.

  • Recommended for infants to age 4
  • Limit: 12 children per session
  • Registration required
  • Choose to attend the 10am OR 11am session.
     
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
Sorry, this event is full

April 26 2015

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate spring with birds, butterflies and cookie decorating with the Penn State Circle K group! 

No registration necessary

July 18 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for open gaming at Schlow! We provide a range of tabletop games and you provide the players. We are teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA to bring you a bigger and better gaming event! Members of this group have been meeting here on Saturdays and are excited to see new people and share the games they bring from their own collections.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: One Saturday a month, dates available on our web and printed calendars

Available games include:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chess
Checkers
Compounded
Dixit
Dominion
For the Crown
Forbidden Island
The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin
Oz Fluxx
Pandemic
Revolution!
Scrabble
Shadow Hunters
Standard Playing Cards
Ticket to Ride
Ultimate Werewolf

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary

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4:00pm to 5:30pm

A Centre County Reads 2014 Event

Sponsored by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS)

Join a discussion about the challenge of translating the esoteric language of science into an accessible form, as well as why cross-pollination between science and literature is crucial to the success of both fields.

Featured panelists:

Amy Teitel, space historian and writer about the history of space, technology, and society in venues such as Scientific American and Popular Science

Alison Fromme, writer and leading contributor to The Science Writer's Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Pitch, Publish, and Prosper in the Digital Age

A'ndrea Messer, Penn State's Senior Science & Research Information Officer, Research Communications.

  • Where: Schlow's Downsbrough Room

 

No registration necessary
10:30am to 11:30am

eBook Basics

Have you been wondering about our eBooks and eAudiobooks? Did you give it a try and find you need a little assistance? Join Mina to learn what you need to know to use a tablet, smart phone, eReader, computer, or portable music player with our downloadable collections.

  • Where: Musser Room
Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Documentary Photographs by Penn State Students

Why visit one gallery when you can visit several? Join us for the gallery crawl and great conversation!

View the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project at the Palmer Museum of Art and then come see juried student work in Storied Images: Marcellus Shale, an exhibition located at multiple locations across the University and Downtown.

Each venue will feature special activities and refreshments.

  • Where: Borland Gallery, EMS Museum/Deike Building, Schlow Centre Region Library, HUB-Art Alley
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
2:30pm

Meet the co-authors and illustrator of Madam President, and listen to a reading of this nonfiction children's book about female political pioneers.

Bring your appetite...we'll have cake!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics

Sophia McClennen, International Affairs

In our post 9/11 world, what is the role of parody news shows such as The Colbert Report and The Daily Show in shaping public perceptions and voting behavior? Join us as Sophia McClennen, Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at Penn State, leads our discussion about how today’s political satire can inspire, challenge, and offend different segments of society. 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room 
 
 
No registration necessary

May 9 2015

11:00am to 12:00pm

Sing, learn, play! We like the sound of that! Let’s Play Music emphasizes total musicianship  through piano-playing, singing, classical music, note-reading, and ear training—and it’s accomplished through PLAY! Come play and sing at Schlow with a Mi-Re-Do!
Recommended for children ages 4-6.

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Printing - Print from any public computer and pick up your pages at the Reference Desk. Black and white copies are 10 cents a page, color copies are 50 cents a page.

Scanning and copying - Use our copiers to scan documents to a USB flash drive or to make black and white (10 cents a page) or color copies (50 cents a page).

 

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Posted 2/19/2014

1:30pm to 3:30pm
Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make some new friends. Everyone is welcome to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome! The group will meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.
10:30am

Our New Website

Would you like to learn more about our new website? Join Amy as she shows you where all your favorite things are, new ways to find information, and what your account can do for you.  Bring your curiosity and questions!

  • Where: Musser Room
Registrations closed
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May 2 2015

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sun Jan 01 2017 .
2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Chess Club is back! Join a game. Learn new tactics. Make new friends.

  • Where: The Musser Room
No registration necessary
10:00am to 4:00pm

Our open game time has moved!

Join us for open gaming at Schlow! We provide a range of tabletop games and you provide the players. We are teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA to bring you a bigger and better gaming event! Members of this group have been meeting here on Saturdays and are excited to see new people and share the games they bring from their own collections.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: One Saturday a month, dates available on our web and printed calendars

Available games include:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chess
Checkers
Compounded
Dixit
Dominion
For the Crown
Forbidden Island
The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin
Oz Fluxx
Pandemic
Revolution!
Scrabble
Shadow Hunters
Standard Playing Cards
Ticket to Ride
Ultimate Werewolf

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times .
9:30am

We love stories! Join us for stories, songs, flannelboards and more! 

  • Ages: 3 to 5
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 1: Tuesdays at 9:30am

  • January 20
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10
Registrations closed
4:00pm

Join us to honor the winners of this year's book contest!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary

May 14 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

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Looking for the next book group meeting? Keen to discover Centre County Reads events? The 2015 Adult and Teen spring calendar is now available!

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Posted 12/22/2014

6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

Join us for a discussion of The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling).

The Cuckoo's Calling is a 2013 crime fiction novel by J. K. Rowling, published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

No registration necessary
2:30pm

Meet us in the parking lot of the Arboretum for a walk through the gardens.

  • Where: The Arboretum at Penn State
  • Please note: Parking at the Arboretum is very limited - there is additional parking at the Law Building but it is $1.00 per hour.
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Beyond Birds and Bees: How to Talk to Your Teens About Sex and Relationships

Talking to your teens about sex and relationships is famously difficult. How can we make these conversations more successful and less stressful? Eva Lefkowitz, Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Studies, kicks off our fall season with an important talk on sexual and romantic relationships in adolescence and emerging adulthood.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Get ready to celebrate 165 years of kazoo-playing in America! Kazoos will be provided, but feel free to BYOK if you wish. We'll break out in song throughout the afternoon. Pucker up and party!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Monday 4 times .
9:30am

Sweet stories, songs & action rhymes - a playtime just for baby and grown-up.

  • Ages: Newborns to 18 months
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 2: Mondays at 9:30am

  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • March 30
Registrations closed

August 8 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for open gaming at Schlow! We provide a range of tabletop games and you provide the players. We are teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA to bring you a bigger and better gaming event! Members of this group have been meeting here on Saturdays and are excited to see new people and share the games they bring from their own collections.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: One Saturday a month, dates available on our web and printed calendars

Available games include:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chess
Checkers
Compounded
Dixit
Dominion
For the Crown
Forbidden Island
The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin
Oz Fluxx
Pandemic
Revolution!
Scrabble
Shadow Hunters
Standard Playing Cards
Ticket to Ride
Ultimate Werewolf

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary

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11:45pm

A Centre County Reads 2014 Event

Sponsored by the Center for American Literary Studies (CALS)

This writing contest is inspired by bestselling author Mary Roach's Packing for Mars, a playful inquiry into man's exploration of our universe. By blurring the line between the known and the unknown, Packing for Mars shows outer space to be surprisingly familiar. Enter your best writing-7,500 words or less-on what you perceive to be "(un)known" in one of the following categories:

• Best Short Fiction
• Best Poetry
• Best Short Nonfiction
• Best Entry for a Writer Under 18

$200 grand prize * Additional prizes for winners in each category

Entries due April 5th. Send your submission and a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, and a brief biography to cals@psu.edu.

Note: Winning entries to be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library.

No registration necessary
10:30am to 11:30am

Introduction to Genealogy and Ancestry

The Holiday Season is a spectacular time to learn about your family history. Join Elaine to gather the necessary skills to trace your family tree. She'll provide search tips and an introduction to Ancestry.com, a service that is free to use at Schlow.

  • Where: The Musser Room

If the event is full you may call to be added to the wait list.

Sorry, this event is full
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Stop by the Children's Department to meet Captain America from the group PSU Superheroes for Kids!

  • Bring your camera and take a photo with Captain America!
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Adult Events Cancelled Thru March 8

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
9:00am to 8:00pm

Been working hard on your book for the Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest? Don't forget to turn it in today! 

No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Excavating the Bible: What the Dead Sea Scrolls Reveal about Biblical Stories

Daniel Falk, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Ever wonder about how the Bible came down to us in its present form and what these stories meant to people long ago? Join Daniel Falk, Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies, as we look at the earliest manuscripts of the Bible and ponder its meanings and implications then and now.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room 
 
 
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:

May 16 2015

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 30 2015 except Sat May 23 2015.
11:00am

Spend your Saturday at the library!

Join us for a half-hour of stories, fingerplays and a hands-on activity to take home.

  • Ages: 2 to 7
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Note: On rare occasions, movies, performers, or other special events may replace Saturday Stories Alive.

No registration necessary
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March 19: Young Humanitarian: The Inspiring Story Behind the Empower Orphans Foundation

March 26: Exoplanets: The Search for Habitable Worlds

April 2: Love, American Style: The Evolution of Courtship and Dating

April 9: Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics

April 16: Excavating the Bible: What the Dead Sea Scrolls Reveal about Biblical Stories

April 23: Seeing with Your Ears: Visualizing Data with Sound

  • When: Thursdays, 12:30 -1:30pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

Posted 2/28/2014

10:30am to 12:00pm

EVERY THURSDAY 3:30-5pm, for comic artists & fans in grades 9-12! Join the NEW Comics Club to draw your own comics! 

February 6, 13, 20, 27

March  6, 20, 27

 

10:30am to 11:30pm

Social Media 101

Been wanting to join the social media craze, but not sure how? Learn the in's and out's for Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest! Karen will show you how to connect with friends, update your status, tweet and more!

  • Where: Musser Room
Sorry, this event is full
1:00pm to 2:30pm

Design Something for 3D Printing

Do you want to learn how to design a 3D object, have it printed, and take it home? Rick Winscot, the instructor of our popular Discover 3D printing class, will return to help you do just that.

Your designs will be printed after the class and returned to Schlow for pick up.

Please bring a WiFi enabled laptop, if possible. If you can't, please request to reserve one of ours upon registration.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Who: Recommended for ages 12 and up
Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for open gaming at Schlow! We provide a range of tabletop games and you provide the players. We are teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA to bring you a bigger and better gaming event! Members of this group have been meeting here on Saturdays and are excited to see new people and share the games they bring from their own collections.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: One Saturday a month, dates available on our web and printed calendars

Available games include:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chess
Checkers
Compounded
Dixit
Dominion
For the Crown
Forbidden Island
The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin
Oz Fluxx
Pandemic
Revolution!
Scrabble
Shadow Hunters
Standard Playing Cards
Ticket to Ride
Ultimate Werewolf

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times .
10:30am

A storytime for all ages! Interactive stories, fingerplays, and music. 

  • Ages: 2 to 7
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 1: Tuesdays at 10:30am

  • January 20
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10
No registration necessary
6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice. . .published and hopeful. All writers are welcome!

NVWN also serves as a connecting point for local critique groups.

Please contact Mark T. Shirey  at mts@uplink.net for more information.

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room

 

 

No registration necessary

May 28 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary

With dual validation, parking is free for Schlow's visitors while they are in the Library.

To make our lot available to as many visitors as possible, we offer free parking with dual ticket validation:

  • Enter parking lot from Allen St. and stop before the gate
  • Press green button for a ticket
  • Bring ticket into the Library
  • Swipe  ticket twice at a validation station in the main lobby:​​​​
    • Once upon arrival
    • Once immediately before leaving
  • Insert validated ticket into the exit gate to depart from lot

Parking guidelines:

  • The lot opens 15 minutes before the Library opens.
  • The lot closes 15 minutes before the Library closes.
  • Parking is limited and not guaranteed, especially during busy times.
  • Lost or unvalidated ticket fee - $20.
  • Not in the Library? Your car may be towed to keep spaces free for other Library users.

Lot full or inaccessible?

Here is the latest Borough parking guide and map.

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Do you make a killer meatball? Garden like a master? Print in 3-D?  With Schlow's YouTube channel you too can teach a course or take a course on tech, hobbies, crafts, you name it.

 

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Learn a language with Schlow!

From English to Urdu, and plenty in between, Schlow Library has language resources for all levels and interests. Planning a trip to France this summer and hoping to order your café au lait en francais? Create a free account at Transparent Language and take online language classes at your own pace, on your own schedule!

How it works:

  • From schlowlibrary.org, select the Classes & Events tab.
  • Next, select Online Classes on the left hand side.
  • Scroll down until you come to Transparent Language.
  • Select Transparent Language and follow the prompts to create your free account.

Perhaps you are a parent looking to enrich your child’s vocabulary? Muzzy Online provides fun, interactive children’s lessons in eight different languages - including English as a Second Language.

How it works:

  • From schlowlibrary.org, select the Classes & Events tab.
  • Next, select Online Classes on the left hand side.
  • Scroll down until you come to Muzzy Online.
  • Select Muzzy Online and follow the prompts to choose the language and instruction level you desire.

Schlow Library’s catalog also contains print and audio language resources. Ask a librarian if you have any questions about learning a language with Schlow.

Posted 1/12/2015

10:30am

Kindle eBooks

Join Amy as she shows you the wonderful world of your new Kindle, including how to access Schlow's free eBooks. Bring your device - and your curiosity!

  • Where: Musser Room
Sorry, this event is full
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Teen Summer Reading

All Teen Summer Reading participants are welcome--bring a friend! 
 
Gaming will be set up on the big screen, along with a few tabletop games!  Plus some funky science experiments to take home!
 

Pizza, snacks, drinks, and introducing a make your own ice cream sundae bar!

  • Where: Downsborough Community Room

 

No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Dinner for Seven Billion: Food Issues for the 21st Century

On World Food Day, Bryan McDonald, Assistant Professor of History, leads our discussion on global food problems and the environmental history of the American food system. Will food shortages threaten human security in the decades ahead? Join us to find out.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

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May 2 2015

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 02 2015 except Sat Feb 21 2015, Sat Feb 28 2015, Sat Mar 07 2015, Sat Mar 14 2015, Sat Mar 21 2015, Sat Apr 04 2015, Sat Apr 11 2015.
11:00am

Experience stories, songs and art in 9 languages. Fun for speakers of all languages, including English!

  • Ages: 3 to 8
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
     
  • April 18 - Japanese
  • April 25 - German
  • May 2 - Hindi (in the Children's Activity Room)

World Stories Alive is a collaborative project brought to you by Schlow Centre Region Library and The Center for Global Studies at Penn State.

No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times .
9:30am

Sweet stories, songs & action rhymes - a playtime just for baby and grown-up.

  • Ages: Newborns to 18 months
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 2: Tuesdays at 9:30am

  • March 10
  • March 17
  • March 24
  • March 31
Registrations closed

May 19 2015

6:30pm

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Join us for a discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is the story of a young girl with a father so devoted to her that he builds a model of their city when she loses her sight at the age of 6. He intends to help her navigate the real world, but when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter go to the Brittany coast. There they meet Werner, a talented builder and fixer of radios and their lives are intertwined. It took Doerr 10 years to write this book about how human kindness can prevail in the midst of utter cruelty.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary

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  1. Go to: http://search.ccfpl.org
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  3. Click on “My List” in the upper right hand corner.

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6:30pm to 8:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff atrefdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
10:30am to 11:30am

iPad Basics

Join Liz to learn how to get the most from your iPad. She'll cover the basics from how to connect to the Internet to getting the best free apps. Whether you just got your iPad or aren't sure what you can do with it, this is a class for you.

  • Where: Musser Room

 

 

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
4:00pm to 5:00pm

Business Resource Class

Gain practical experience with free resources available at your public library. Discover rich data that will help you develop SWOT analyses, do market research, and keep abreast of emerging trends. 

This class is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State.

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Discover springtime signs, games, and crafts with SLO!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Seeing with Your Ears: Visualizing Data with Sound

Mark Ballora, Music Technology

Imagine being able to hear data about clouds, earthquakes, or cosmic winds. Sonification—the process of turning scientific data into sound, including music—takes many forms. Join Mark Ballora, Associate Professor of Music Technology, as we explore an exciting field emerging at the crossroads of the sciences and the sonic arts: the idea that sound can effectively illustrate aspects of phenomena under study. From the simple Geiger counter to complex data sets, sonification is opening new ways to experience and popularize science.  

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
 
No registration necessary

May 16 2015

2:00pm to 4:00pm

Stop by to take on a new building challenge each week! Design your creation and pose for a picture to be displayed in the Children's Department.

  • Recommended for grades 1-6
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary

Schlow offers meeting rooms for community events that are free and open to the general public.

For further details, download our Event Space Policy and Procedures, Audiovisual Procedures, and Outdoor Space Diagram.  

To check our booking calendar or for more information, email rooms@schlowlibrary.org or call 814-235-7814. Applications are also available by phone, email, or at any public service desk.

For alternative event spaces available in our community, download the list we have created.

Please note that starting January 1, 2015, Schlow closes at 8pm Mondays through Thursdays and opens at 1pm on Sundays.

Note: Use of Schlow Event Spaces, indoor or out, in no way constitutes an endorsement by the Library of the group or its activities.

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Business Source Main Edition

Search business magazines, scholarly journals and trade periodicals.

Number One Sam

Race into Reading!

Inspired by the 2015 PA One Book, the April Book Club: Race into Reading challenges young readers to set and achieve their own reading goals. Children up to age 12 are welcome to join the fun!

  • Register at the Children's Desk beginning Wednesday, April 1.
  • Check in as often as you'd like until Thursday, April 30.
  • Choose how many books to read over the course of the month.
    • We ask that younger children read at least 15 picture books with their families, and older children read at least 4 chapter books.
       
  • Use the April Book Club Log (available for download below) to keep track of reading progress.
     
  • With every check-in at the library, receive a sticker for each title read to post on Schlow's Race into Reading Sticker Chart.
     
  • Every child who meets his or her reading goal will receive a copy of Greg Pizzoli's Number One Sam to keep!
     
  • Listen to Greg Pizzoli read Number One Sam!

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6:30am to 8:00am
Experience - with Town&Gown magazine - the Pink Zone! 

 

Town&Gown invites you to hear from Penn State Lady Lion head coach Coquese Washington and others about the 2014 Pink Zone and the fight against breast cancer!

6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Join us for a discussion of The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

The story of Dinah, a tragic character from the Bible whose great love, a prince, is killed by her brother, leaving her alone and pregnant. The novel traces her life from childhood to death, in the process examining sexual and religious practices of the day, and what it meant to be a woman.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times .
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Join Connie Schulz, SCASD Family Outreach Specialist, and community resource guides to meet other parents and share ideas. 

  • Tuesdays, 12pm-1:30pm
  • ​To register, please go to SCASD's Community Education page or call 814-231-1070
    Once you are at the Community Education page, click on the Register Now button, select 2014 Fall (semester) and Parent Education (subject).
  • Childcare is provided at no cost, but please make reservations one week prior to the date needed, or for the series by Tuesday, September 9.

​Topics include:

  • September 16 - Raising Responsible Children
    We will discuss ways that parents can encourage children to develop responsibility. Topics include dealing with chore arguments and helping children learn to be smart about money. 
     
  • September 23 - Authoritative Parenting
    Join us to look a positive discipline techniques that enhance parent-child relationships while discouraging back-talk and whining. Helpful reading: Permission to Parent by Robin Berman, MD
     
  • September 30 - Is My Child Spirited?
    If your child's temperament is more intense, persistent, sensitive, perceptive, and/or energetic, he or she may be spirited! We will look at temperament, how it affects relationships in families, and how to focus on strengths.
     
  • October 7 - Mindful Parenting
    Parenting is often stressful in ways that can harm our relationships and even our health if prolonged. We will discuss and practice techniques that can help us slow down, be fully present, and feel more content in our families.

 

Please call 814.231.1070 to register.
10:00am to 4:00pm

Special Location: Webster's Bookstore & Cafe

Join us for open gaming at Schlow! We provide a range of tabletop games and you provide the players. We are teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA to bring you a bigger and better gaming event! Members of this group have been meeting here on Saturdays and are excited to see new people and share the games they bring from their own collections.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Where: Special Location: Webster's Bookstore & Cafe (resumes meeting in Schlow's Community Room in March!)
  • When: One Saturday a month, dates available on our web and printed calendars

Available games include:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chess
Checkers
Compounded
Dixit
Dominion
For the Crown
Forbidden Island
The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin
Oz Fluxx
Pandemic
Revolution!
Scrabble
Shadow Hunters
Standard Playing Cards
Ticket to Ride
Ultimate Werewolf

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 5 times .
10:30am

A place for children to play and an opportunity for parents to talk. Sessions limited to 12 families.​

  • Ages: 18 months to 3 years
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

Session 1: Tuesdays at 10:30am

  • January 20
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10
  • February 17

You may choose to register for Toddler Learning Centre OR one Tales for Twos storytime each session.

Sorry, this event is full
6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice. . .published and hopeful. All writers are welcome!

NVWN also serves as a connecting point for local critique groups.

Please contact Mark T. Shirey  at mts@uplink.net for more information.

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room

 


 

No registration necessary

June 11 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
  • Pay in person at the Circulation Desk with cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.
  • Pay at any Schlow Self Check-Out machine with Visa or MasterCard.
  • Mail a check (include the card holder's name and library card number) to
     Schlow Centre Region Library
     ATTN: Circulation Department
     211 S. Allen St.
     State College, PA 16801

Note:  Online and telephone credit card payments are not accepted at this time.

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Donate Time

Do you dream of being surrounded by books? Have a few extra hours a week? Explore whether Schlow has a volunteer opportunity that is right for you!

  • Complete the attached application and return it to Diane Schmidt, Schlow's Volunteer Coordinator, for review.
  • Applicants must be at least 13 years old. All those under 18 must submit a parent/guardian consent form in addition to the application.
  • Volunteers 18 years of age and older must submit the required background checks. 
  • Individuals needing community service hours should inquire before applying.

 For additional information call 814.235.6236.

Donate Materials

We welcome gently-used materials in excellent condition for addition to our collections, used book sale benefiting the Library, or donation to other non-profit organizations. Media should have no skips or scratches.

  • Books – published within the past 5 years
  • Magazines – published within the last year
  • Audiobooks on CD – published within the past 3 years
  • DVDs – issued within the past year
  • Music CDs – no limit
  • Text books – published within the past 3 years
  • Video games – no limit, any player device
  • Special collections will be judged on a case-by-case basis.

All donated items become the property of Schlow Centre Region Library.  

Due to our limited space, please take donations of more than two boxes to the AAUW book drop at 2100 E. College Avenue. Schlow benefits from their annual book sale.

Donate Money

Your financial support is essential and deeply appreciated. Please visit www.supportschlow.org for further information about how you can help.

Join the Friends of Schlow Library

Everyone is welcome to be a Friend!

An independent non-profit organization with more than 400 members, the Friends supports Schlow Library and its vital role in the community, providing crucial advocacy, financial, and volunteer help, 

For membership details and an application, see the attached Friends brochure.

 


 

GreenFile

Articles on a host of environmental topics.

BookFest Chibi

Announcing...The Art of the Comic!

Central Pennsylvania’s Festival of the Arts and Schlow Centre Region Library are pleased to announce an exciting new thematic direction for BookFest PA 2015.

This year’s event will focus exclusively on graphic novels and comics! Artists and authors from the Northeast are invited to apply.

  • When: July 11, 2015, from 10 AM until 4 PM.
  • Where: Schlow Library Grounds

Located outdoors on the Library grounds, BookFest PA places attendees and vendors in the midst of a nationally recognized, 4-day arts festival that draws more than 100,000 people annually. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the arts features live music, art vendors, hands on children’s activities, and BookFestPA, which this year will delight the public with a variety of comic-related programs.

Authors and artists will have the opportunity to meet their fans, demo and display their work, and sign and sell material. If you are interested in joining us please return the completed application to mburchill@schlowlibrary.org by April 15th. Attendees will be selected on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited!

For more information about BookFest PA, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, or Schlow Centre Region Library please check our websites.

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Posted 1/15/2015

10:30am

eBook FAQ

Join Maria as she shows you how to access Schlow's free eBooks. Bring your device and your curiosity.

  • Where: Musser Room
Sorry, this event is full
3:00pm to 4:30pm

with Peacefeather

Hear the psychedelic music styling of Peacefeather. From Beach Boys to Beatles, wrap up a summer of reading with music. The Summer Reading Grand Prize winners will be announced at the concert.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Getting Graphic: Visual Storytelling and the Graphic Novel

Comic books have grown up! Don’t miss this chance to go inside the world of visual storytelling with award-winning graphic novelist and Associate Professor of Graphic Design Joel Priddy. We’ll explore the artist’s process of creating a graphic novel and look at examples from this popular genre!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary
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Repeats every month on February, March, April on the third Saturday until Sat Apr 18 2015 except Sat Feb 21 2015.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Stop by to take on a new building challenge each week! Design your creation and pose for a picture to be displayed in the Children's Department.

  • Recommended for grades 1-6
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Monday 4 times .
10:30am

Singing, dancing, fingerplays, and stories - a fun time for you and your toddler. 

  • Ages: 18 to 36 months
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 2: Mondays at 9:30am

  • March 9
  • March 16
  • March 23
  • March 30
Sorry, this event is full

June 16 2015

6:30pm

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant

Join us for a discussion of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Using full-color cartoons, family photos, and documents Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Though the focus is on their familial idiosyncrasies, the feelings her stories engender are universal.

 We've chosen this book because this year's BookFest PA focuses on comic books and graphic novels and this is a unique addition to the genre that will contribute to our ongoing library-wide discussions of the ways we tell our stories.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary

Library Rules

  • Any library cardholder in good standing may access the Internet from the Libraries.

  • Parents or guardians are responsible for the information and materials accessed by minors under the age of 18 at this computer.

  • Adult Internet users are responsible for the information they choose to view.

  • The Libraries have installed filtering software on the library computers to comply with the federal Children's Internet Protection Act, which requires libraries to deactivate the filtering software if a library patron or parent/guardian requests it. This Internet policy remains in effect whether the filtering software is active or not.

Acceptable Use

  • Please be polite, considerate to other patrons, and use appropriate language while using the Internet. Users shall comply with all applicable Internet protocols.

  • Remember that the library computers are a part of total library service. You are expected to behave according to approved library rules of conduct.

Unacceptable Use

  • Viewing, transmitting or downloading pornographic materials: "Displaying or causing to display any explicit sexual material (as defined in 18 PA C.S. 5903)...on any...viewing screen in such manner that the display is visible...in any establishment where minors, as part of the general public, may be exposed to view all or any part of such materials". (Penna. Criminal Code-Sect.5903.) This is a felony offense.

  • Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law: transmitting offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale or use any illegal substance; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials are not marked with the copyright symbol, users should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.

  • Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property: engaging in defamation (harming another's reputation by lies); impersonating another user; vandalism, including any attempt to harm or destroy data, software or hardware.

  • Uses that compromise the safety and security of minors when using e-mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications. For minors under the age of 18: giving others private information about one's self or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers or arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has "met" on the computer network or Internet without a parent's permission; disclosing user names and passwords.

  • Uses that jeopardize the security of the computer network: unauthorized use of personal software programs on the library's computers; altering the library's computer settings or hardware, or damages Library property.

Usage Agreement

  • As with more traditional resources, the Libraries do not act in place of a parent and will not be responsible for enforcing parental restrictions on minors that are beyond the scope of this policy.

  • A person’s use of this network leaves electronic information in the public domain. Internet communications are not private, nor are they confidential.

  • The Libraries will not be held responsible for:

    • Any charges incurred by users of the Internet.
    • The content or accuracy of information found on the Internet. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at your own risk.
    • Any confidential or financial information patrons may send over the network
    • Unauthorized security breaches. By connecting to the network, users acknowledge all associated risks.
    • Physical damage to personal devices plugged in to Library infrastructure (power, network, etc.).
  • The Libraries reserve the right to implement and enforce usage procedures as necessary including posting of rules and regulations, and to withdraw access privileges or impose other appropriate sanctions for those who do not comply with the protocols, rules, regulations or service provider agreement.

When using a personal device to connect to the Library network

  • Printing is not supported via this network. If you need to print a document or webpage you must be put it on a Floppy or CD-Rom and print it from one of the Library public computers.

  • No staff support will be given to configure your personal device to use our network.

  • The Libraries encourage all users to adhere to good computer and network security practices, including but not limited to:

    • using a personal firewall and regularly updated antivirus software.
    • applying all security related patches to personal software.

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6:30pm to 8:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff atrefdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Are you curious about how video games are made, who makes them, or how you can make them yourself? A panel of gaming and animation insiders will share their stories and advice. Come with questions!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

Panel Members:

Tomáš Jech- Riot Games animator, former Pixar intern

Douglas Burchill- Former Frogwares writer

Nahks Tr'Ehnl - Instructional Designer, Penn State University

Elisabeth Whyte -Postdoctoral research assistant and psychology lecturer in the College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State University

 

 

No registration necessary
6:30pm

Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page

Join us for a discussion of Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page.

Agatha Award winner Katherine Hall Page's book of short stories features her popular heroine Faith Fairchild. Each mini mystery has something to do with food.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Enjoy face painting, cookie decorating, and more with the PSU Student United Way!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
11:00am

Our World Stories Alive Hindu storytime, originally scheduled for this date, has been canceled due to presenter illness. 

Join us for a half-hour of stories, fingerplays and a hands-on activity to take home.

  • Ages: 2 to 7
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary

May 18 2015

9:00am to 8:00pm

Register today! Click here to find the program that's right for you! 

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Freegal

From Dubstep to Classical, help yourself to 5 songs or music videos a week. Yours forever via free music service Freegal. More than 7 million songs to choose from!

Newspaper Source Plus

News articles from international sources as well as the United States.

Illustration of a family car

Welcome to Schlow's new website!

Big news! In order to make our services available to as many of our visitors as possible, we have been busy updating both our website and our parking system.

Schlow’s New Website

Explore Schlow’s new 24/7 ‘digital’ branch at our original web address - schlowlibrary.org - while we continue to add new features. The new site has a fresh, crisp look, and is ready to go for desktop, tablet, or smartphone.

Use the new site to find what you are seeking or to manage your library account. A fan of eBooks, eAudiobooks, or free songs from Freegal? Find them at the Beyond Books tab along with other popular online services.

One highlight to come - you will soon be able to download eBooks and eAudiobooks directly from schlowlibrary.org and manage them from your new 'My Account' library dashboard.

So please discover away - you’ll be zooming around all the resources of schlowlibrary.org in no time. Have a question or comment? Your feedback is incredibly important to us - we’d love to know what you think.

 


 

Posted 3/17/2014

1:30pm to 3:30pm
Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make some new friends. Everyone is welcome to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome! The group will meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.
12:00pm to 1:30pm

3D printing is everywhere! Learn the history, explore the design process and materials, and see the printer in action! You’ll even get to handle a robot made with the printer! This event is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Please register online or call 814-235-7816.

  • Where: Downsborough Community Room

Two sessions are available to facilitate audience participation.  Please remember to cancel your registration if you can't attend.

This session is full. Please register for the 2:30 session.

Sorry, this event is full
11:00am to 3:00pm

Walk-in registrations still available - sign up at the Library the day of the event!

Take part in a special memory... Ride the Polar Express! 

  • Saturday, December 13, 11am-3pm

Listen to the story in the Children's Department and ride the trolley through Downtown. 

Children will receive a small drawstring bag with a bell and a coin that they can spend at Santa's Workshop. 

Photos with Santa will be available at Santa's Workshop. 

The last reading is at 3pm on Saturdays.

 

Please note: Registration begins Monday, December 1st!

 

Sorry, this event is full
6:00pm to 8:30pm

A One-man-performance by Tony Lentz

Be a part of this wonderful family tradition!  Dr. Tony Lentz, retired PSU professor and master storyteller, will present his one-man-show for the 37th year. His captivating performance of this classic story pleases crowds every time. Don't miss it!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Who: Appropriate for ages 12 and up
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Tuesday 5 times .
9:15am

A place for children to play and an opportunity for parents to talk. Sessions limited to 12 families.​

  • Ages: 18 months to 3 years
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

Session 1: Tuesdays at 9:15am

  • January 20
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10
  • February 17

You may choose to register for Toddler Learning Centre OR one Tales for Twos storytime each session.

Sorry, this event is full
6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice. . .published and hopeful. All writers are welcome!

NVWN also serves as a connecting point for local critique groups.

Please contact Mark T. Shirey  at mts@uplink.net for more information.

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room

 


 

No registration necessary

July 9 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary

Schlow offers meeting rooms for community events that are free and open to the public.

For full details, download:

  • Event Space Policy and Procedures
  • Audio Visual Procedures
  • Outdoor Space Diagram

Applications are also available by email or at any public service desk.

For more information or to check our booking calendar, email rooms@schlowlibrary.org or call 814.235.7814

Please note that starting January 1, 2015, Schlow closes at 8pm Mondays through Thursdays and opens at 1pm on Sundays.

Note:  Use of Schlow Event spaces, indoor or out, in no way constitutes an endorsement by the Library of the group or its activities.

 

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Schlow Library Remote Book Returns are located at 6 convenient spots throughout the Centre Region.

All are outside and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except for the Book Return at Nittany Mall, which is accessible during Mall hours.

All Schlow Library items, as well as those from Centre County Library, its branches and Bookmobile, may be returned to the Remote Book Returns.

Items that do not fit in the Book Return openings must be returned directly to Schlow, any Centre County Library or the Bookmobile.
  • Behind Schlow
    Behind the Library, near the Schlow parking lot exit
    Access from Pugh or Foster Streets
    Outside & Available 24/7​
  • Brother’s Pizza in Stormstown
    1450 Halfmoon Valley Road
    Stormstown, PA
    Outside & Available 24/7​
  • Giant on N. Atherton
    255 Northland Center
    Under the covered walkway next to the south entrance
    Outside & Available 24/7​
  • Nittany Mall
    Inside Entrance B, near Holiday Hair
    Available during Mall hours​
  • Uni-Mart at Carson’s Corner
    At the crossroads of Routes 322 & 550
    Outside & Available 24/7​
  • Weis on S. Atherton
    110 Rolling Ridge Drive
    Inside & Available during Weis hours


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How do I make a reservation?
Reserve your Concept Kit or Traveling Trunk by contacting the Children's Desk at 814-235-7817 or stop by to see us! 

How do I check it out?
Teachers must have a valid library card and pick up the trunk or kit in the Children's Department at Schlow. Library cards are free and easy to apply for!

How long can I keep it?
Teachers may check out a kit or trunk for 2 weeks. Homeschoolers may reserve them for 1 week. Popular themes, such as the "Spring" Concept Kit during the Spring months, may only be checked out for 1 week at a time. 

What age are they for? 
Trunks and kits are recommended for children in preschool and kindergarten.

How do I return it?
Trunks and kits must be returned to the Children's Department during normal library hours. 

Schlow has great resources for teachers and homeschool parents! 

Explore new themes with our Concept Kits!
Kits include several books, toys or puppets, flannelboards, audiovisual materials, etc. Each kit is different! 

Themes include:

  • Things That Go
  • Spring
  • Families Around the World
  • Various Countries
  • And more!

 

Traveling Trunks are full of fun! 
Each trunk was created as part of the PA One Book Every Young Child program and contains books, toys, games, and puzzles. 

Trunk themes are based upon the following books: 

  • Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah OHora
  • ​Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale
  • A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
  • If You Were a Penguin by Wendell Minor
  • Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George
  • Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres
  • What a Treasure by Jane Hillenbrand
  • Whose Shoes by Stephen Swinburne
  • ​The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom

Please note: The Traveling Trunks come in a large crate and are a bit bulky. Please come prepared with space in your vehicle to accommodate them!

Visit our Teachers Resources website for detailed information about the contents of each Traveling Trunk and Concept Kit! 

Posted 2/5/2015

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Wired: Inside the Digital Lives of Teens

Lynette Kvasny, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, will spark a conversation about the digital lives of teens.

This event is part of the Spring 2014 Research Unplugged series.

  • Where: Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room

 

No registration necessary
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Join us for a discussion of Americanah by  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Haunted Universities: Ghost Lore from America’s Campuses

We’re ushering in Halloween with this talk on ghost tales handed down through generations on college campuses. Ad- junct Instructor of Journalism and author of “America’s Haunted Universities: Ghosts that Roam Hallowed Halls”, Matt Swayne will be our guide to the myths and meanings of these creepy tales from the Ivory Tower.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Brrrrrr, it's cold outside! Warm up in the Library and make your own snowmen, penguins, and snowflakes with students from NSSLHA.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times .
10:30am

Singing, dancing, fingerplays, and stories - a fun time for you and your toddler. 

  • Ages: 18 to 36 months
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 2: Tuesdays at 9:30am

  • March 10
  • March 17
  • March 24
  • March 31
Sorry, this event is full

July 21 2015

6:30pm

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Join us for a discussion of The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Franny and Jim Post confront secrets and old wounds as they try to and leave behind their troubles while vacationing in Mallorca. The couple is celebrating their 35th anniversary and their daughter's high school graduation, but will they all get what they were searching for so far from home?

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary

Event Space Philosophy, Policy, Information & Procedures

Approved by the Schlow Centre Region Library Board of Trustees,

December 21, 2005; amended January 9, 2008; amended November 9, 2011; amended August 8, 2012

Philosophy

The Schlow Centre Region Library Board of Trustees envisions the Library as our community’s best and most sought after gathering place where all are welcome to pursue their interests, learn new skills, express their creativity, interact with other members of the community, and enhance their quality of life. To further this vision, the Library Director and Trustees are pleased to offer the Library’s event spaces for use by the community.

Policy

Library event spaces are available for community events and activities of a cultural, educational and civic nature that are free of charge and open to the general public. The spaces are not available for commercial, fund-raising, or private events. Event spaces are reserved according to the following priorities: the Library, the Friends of the Library, Centre Area Transportation Authority (CATA), all other community groups.

Information and Procedures

Facilities

The following spaces are available for use by the public:

SPACE

CAPACITY

FURNISHINGS

AVAILABLE TIMES

Downsbrough Community Room (A & B)

100

(A & B—50 each)

Folding tables, stacking chairs, kitchen, audiovisual equipment

During normal Library hours

Conference Room

10

Chairs, conference table, screen

Weekdays: 5pm-closing time; Weekends: during normal Library hours

Corner of Beaver & Allen

Variable

None

Any time

The Library’s audiovisual equipment may be used by groups using the Downsbrough Community Room for a cost of $10 per event. An appointed operator must schedule a training session with Library staff prior to the event (see AV Equipment policy). Use of the equipment is subject to established Library rules. The Library has free wi-fi capability.

Parking is available in the Library’s adjacent lot and underground garage, but spaces are limited. Visitors should be prepared to use nearby parking (lots, garages, street) when the Library’s lot is full.

Outdoor Spaces

Individuals or groups wishing to use Library property outside the building at the corner of Beaver and Allen (see highlighted area on attached diagram) for speaking and/or distributing petitions, surveys, or other information not of a commercial and/or fund-raising nature may do so after an application is approved by Library staff. Outdoor activities and equipment including but not limited to tables and signs must not block or hinder access to any parking, sidewalks, entrances, and exits, and must not harass or intimidate others, and are subject to all other conditions of this policy including no use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.

The Readers’ Garden is open for quiet use by individuals during Library hours and for Library programs, weather permitting, between early April and late October. No group reservations are taken for this space or any other outdoor space on Schlow property with the exception of the corner of Beaver and Allen as described above.

Reservations

Applications for use of Library event spaces are available at all public service desks. The three-page application must be filled out completely and returned to the Office Manager prior to the scheduled event. Valid credit card information is required on the application in the event of cleaning or equipment replacement being necessary. Indoor events may be scheduled only during the Library’s normal operating hours (note changes effective 1/1/2015):

  • Monday through Wednesday  9am – 8pm
  • Thursday  12pm – 9pm
  • Friday  9am – 6pm
  • Saturday  9am – 5pm
  • Sunday  1pm – 5pm (September to May)

Indoor events must conclude before closing so that all attendees are out of the building by closing time.

Please note that starting January 1, 2015, Schlow hours will close at 8pm Mondays through Thursdays and open at 1pm on Sundays

Events may be scheduled in three annual periods: January 1 to May 31, June 1 to August 31, and September 1 to December 31 starting one month prior to the first day of the period. The Library will typically contact groups within 10 working days to confirm or deny the request. Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. New applications must be completed for each period to ensure information is current.

Groups may schedule use of event spaces up to a maximum of twice a month. It is the responsibility of the group to notify the Library as soon as possible of an event cancellation.

The Library reserves the right to change a group event time or place if necessary for the Library’s operations, or to revoke event space privileges at any time.

Adults 18 years and older are required to make event space reservations and be present for events in their entirety.

Charges

Groups using event spaces are encouraged to make $25 donations per use. Donations may be made at any time. Checks should be made out to Schlow Centre Region Library and can be mailed to the attention of the Office Manager at 211 S. Allen Street, State College, PA 16801. As noted elsewhere, charges may apply for audiovisual equipment use or for cleaning.

Indemnification

Individuals or groups wishing to use Library Event Spaces, grounds or parking will indemnify and hold harmless the Library from any and all claims, causes of action, costs, expenses or losses including reasonable counsel fees which might arise out of the use of Library spaces for the event or gathering with the exception of liability which arises from the negligence of the Library itself.   

Using the Spaces

Use of Schlow event spaces, both indoor and out, in no way constitutes an endorsement by the Library of the group or of its activities.

Event information may be posted or made public by the Library within the building and online. These listings are solely informational and in no way constitute an endorsement by the Library of the group or of its activities.

Groups may advertise their events on the public bulletin board on the second floor by submitting their sign for approval to the Reference Desk.

Event coordinators must check in and check out at the Circulation Desk for events held in a first floor space, and at the Reference Desk for events held in a second floor space. Attendance numbers must be reported during the check-out process.

Groups congregating before or after an event must respect Library rules and patrons.

Groups must arrange and return furnishings to the storage closet themselves. The Community Room kitchen may be used to prepare simple refreshments with the groups’ own supplies, but must be completely cleaned after use. Groups will be charged for cleaning and/or replacement costs if the premises are not restored to their original condition. 

No animals, with the exception of official assistance animals, are permitted in the Library without the approval of the Library Director.

No alcohol, tobacco or drug use is permitted in the Library. No open flames of any kind are permitted in the Library.

Facilities may not be used in any way that materially interferes with the orderly operation of the Library or poses a threat to the safety of Library personnel, property or patrons.

Appeals

Decisions made regarding the event spaces may be appealed first to the Library Director, and then to the Library Board of Trustees.

The provisions of the foregoing policy and procedures may be waived either by the Library Director or the Library Board of Trustees on a case-by-case basis.

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Take the Book Quest to earn even more prizes!

  • Ages 3 to 12

Learn about the periodic table while you indulge in your favorite books. Read a book from each of the 10 genres listed in your Summer Reading Event Calendar and write the title next to the appropriate element category.

  • Drop by the Children's Desk to chat with a librarian and receive a prize after reading 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 genres. Complete all 10 and receive a book to keep!
     
  • The Book Quest begins June 1, 2015 and must be returned to the Children’s Department by Thursday, August 20, 2014 to receive a prize. 
     
  • Check out our genre booklists for reading suggestions!
     
  • Need additional Book Quest pages? Download the pdf located at the bottom of this page!

Your Summer Reading adventure starts here!

Stop at the Children's Desk to pick up your Summer Reading Events Calendar OR download as a pdf (attached at the bottom of the page) to get started today!

Escape the Ordinary!

  • Ages 3 to 12

Earn a ticket for every day that you read a minimum of 20 minutes. Log on to our website to keep track of each day that you read!

  • Registration begins Monday, May 18, 2015.
  • Start tracking your reading on Monday, June 1, 2015.
  • Read 3 weeks (21 days) in a row and receive 25 extra tickets!
  • Check-ins end 30 minutes before the library closes.

Check in at the library to receive your tickets and place them in the prize drawing box of your choice. Prize winners are selected at random, but the more days you read, the more tickets you will have in your chosen box! The first weekly prize drawing will be on Thursday, June 18.

The last day to check in for tickets will be Wednesday, August 19. The final prize drawing will be on Thursday, August 20

Register Here     Log Your Reading

 

 

Mother and Daughter reading

Looking for a new path to meaningful conversations with your daughter?

If she is currently in grade 5 or 6, join the Mother/Daughter Book Club! Discuss a memorable book with other club members one evening a month, and then have the opportunity to keep the dialogue going at home. If you are able to join us for at least two months, register by calling the Children’s Department at 814.235.7817.

  • When: 6pm
  • Where: Children’s Activity Room

Upcoming Books:

  • February 17: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  • March 17: Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  • April 21: Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy
  • May 19: Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor​

Posted 2/6/2014

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff atrefdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
10:00am to 4:00pm

We aren't the only ones getting into gaming! This international event is sponsored by the American Library Association.

Game lovers of all ages are invited to play our tabletop games or use our laptops to play online.  New games have been donated for the event!

One lucky guest will win a copy of  Smallworld by Days of Wonder!

This event includes the Global Game of Gossip, an international game of telephone with often hilarious results. Last year the phrase started in Australia as "Life must be lived as play"  and ended in Alaska as "He bites snails."

Bring your friends and celebrate games with thousands of people all over the planet.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
6:30pm

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Join us for a discussion of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

This story of a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American actress is the 2015 Centre County reads selection. The book features a wide range of interesting characters, including  Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and takes us from the scenic coast of Italy to the excitement of Hollywood.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
11:00am to 2:00pm

Make a cute bunny or chick to fill with springtime treats!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary

May 4 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary

To request an item in our online catalog:

  • Click the blue Request It button to the right of the title.
  • Sign in with your library card number (no spaces) and your PIN.
  • Choose your Pickup Location and add comments, if needed.
  • Click Submit Request.

To insure that a checked-in item will be held for you, call the Reference Desk at 814.235.7816 or the Children's Desk at 814.235.7817 to have our staff pull it for you.

If you would like to request an item not in our catalog, use our Interlibrary Loan form.

 

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Clubs at Schlow

Do you like to discuss books? Share knitting tips? Draw comics? Schlow offers a variety of clubs where you can meet people who share your interests.  

  • Drop-in Knitting Group: 1st and 3rd Monday, 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Mother/Daughter Book Club: one Tuesday per month
  • Afternoon Book Club: 4th Wednesday, 2:00 to 3:00pm
  • Evening Book Club: 3rd Tuesday, 6:30 to 7:30pm
  • Senior Center Book Club: 3rd Wednesday, 12:15 to 1:15pm
  • ​Games Group: One Saturday a month (check calendar), 10am to 4pm
  • Comics Club for Teens: Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:00pm
  • Drop-in Embroidery Group: 2nd and 4th Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Go Club: Saturdays, 1:30 to 5:00pm
  • Chess Club: Saturdays, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

For details check out the calendar.

To start a new club, contact refdesk@schlowlibrary.org or 814.235.7816.

Ebsco eBooks

eBooks organized by subject for research and entertainment.

Email Newsletters

Did you know that you can sign up for library newsletters tailored to your interests? They cover everything from upcoming events to the newest mystery books at Schlow.

Click here to select the newsletters you would like to receive by email weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly.

A few popular categories include:

  • Adult Department Events @ Schlow Library
  • A-Z Fiction
  • Kid's Books
  • Mystery
  • New Large Print
  • New York Times Bestsellers
  • Popular Culture
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Teen Scene
  • Young Adult Events @ Schlow

...and many more!

 

 

Posted 7/17/2014

1:30pm to 2:30pm

Join us for a discussion of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

2:30pm to 4:00pm

3D printing is everywhere! Learn the history, explore the design process and materials, and see the printer in action! You’ll even get to handle a robot made with the printer! This event is appropriate for ages 12 and up. Please register online or call 814-235-7816.

  • Where: Downsborough Community Room

Two sessions are available to facilitate audience participation.  Please remember to cancel your registration if you can't attend.

Sorry, this event is full
2:00pm to 4:15pm

Walk-in registrations still available - sign up at the Library the day of the event!

Take part in a special memory... Ride the Polar Express! 

  • Sunday, December 14, 2pm-4:20pm

Listen to the story in the Children's Department and ride the trolley through Downtown. 

Children will receive a small drawstring bag with a bell and a coin that they can spend at Santa's Workshop. 

Photos with Santa will be available at Santa's Workshop. 

The last reading is at 4:20pm on Sundays.

 

Please note: Registration begins Monday, December 1st!

 

Sorry, this event is full

May 9 2015

10:30am to 11:30am

iPad Basics

iPads are wonderful but they can be hard to get used to, especially when a new update changes things. If you need to learn how to use your iPad or navigate the changes we can show you how.

  • Where: The Musser Room

If the event is full you may call to be added to the wait list.

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
9:00am to 11:30am

Curious about your child's developmental progress? Evaluations are administered by certified therapists from local early intervention agencies. 

  • April 10, 9am-11:30am
    • Please note date change. Screenings will now take place on Friday, April 10, rather than Friday, April 3, as originally scheduled.
  • Ages: Newborn to 5 years
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Skills will be evaluated in five major areas:

  • motor (crawling, rolling, walking, hand-eye coordination)
  • social (attention span, interactions, play)
  • cognitive (thinking, reasoning)
  • language (speech, understanding, pronunciation of words)
  • adaptive (eating, dressing, toileting)
No registration necessary
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Blogging for Writers

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice. . .published and hopeful. All writers are welcome!

NVWN also serves as a connecting point for local critique groups.

Please contact Mark T. Shirey  at mts@uplink.net for more information.

April Meeting:

This month's focus is Blogging for Writers. Come in to learn about blogging and/or promoting your blog with a panel and roundtable discussion.

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room

 


 

No registration necessary

July 23 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary

Unable to leave your home? We can come to you!

Library by Mail is a convenient FREE service offered to any resident of Centre, Clearfield, Juniata, and Mifflin counties who is permanently or temporarily homebound. To get started:

  • Complete the information on the attached form and return it by mail to:

Schlow Library
211 S. Allen St. 
State College, PA 16801

  • Make sure to indicate whether you wish to receive regular print or LARGE PRINT books and/or books on CD.
  • To make your next selections, complete the request form included in each shipment.
  • Return the materials and your request form in the original canvas bag.
  • Use the mailing label on the bag as a postage-paid return label - just flip it over!

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Like to help people? Read for both information and entertainment? Interested in technology? Energetic and dependable?

If your answer to these questions is “yes,” then we may have a place for you!

Schlow’s current job openings are listed below. Completed job applications are accepted at all times and are kept on file for one year.

 

Development/Fundraising: Manager of Philanthropy

Oversee a donor-focused development program for an award-winning public library in State College, PA.   A new position, the Manager of Philanthropy will work collaboratively with the Schlow Library Foundation (formerly the Friends of Schlow Library) and library staff to enhance relationships with donors, volunteers, elected officials and the community. The growing program encompasses appeals, events, memorials, planned giving and other fundraising activities.  

A bachelor’s degree and at least one year of development experience is required.  Schlow offers a salary range beginning at $48,000 with competitive benefits and a congenial, innovative, learning culture.   

Applications will be accepted online or via mail through Friday. May 8.  Send them to Catherine Alloway, Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen St., State College, PA 16801 or email calloway@schlowlibrary.org.

 

Cybersmarts

Teach your children about online safety with eBooks, activities, and brief lessons.

  • If you have signed up for the program but not yet returned any log sheets, your first entry will come when you bring in your 1-100 sheet. We can't wait to see you!
  • If you have already returned log sheets or completed the program, don't worry! We've taken care of you: each and every one of you has the appropriate number of slips already in the box. 

Between now and the end of August 2015, each log sheet you return will earn you a chance to win a special 1,000 Books memento you will treasure for years to come: a Storytime Quilt! 

Handmade with love by one of our Children's Department staff members, the quilt is made from whimsical fabrics featuring many beloved book characters, and is perfect for a snuggly reading session with your little one. Time spent together sharing a book is time to cherish...and we want to give your child a very special reminder of your family's participation in this program! To learn more about the quilt, and see just a sampling of the characters you'll find on it, take a look at the attached PDF below, or stop by the Children's Desk to see it in person!

New to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program?

As long as your child has not yet started kindergarten, he or she can join the program at any time! Learn more about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten here, and then give us a call or stop by the Children's Desk to register. The program will run indefinitely, but the quilt will only be available as a prize until the end of August 2015, so sign up and start reading with your little one today!

Already signed up for the program?

Keep doing what so many of you have been doing: read your 100 books, and then bring your completed log sheet to the Children's Desk. In addition to the usual prizes, you will now receive a small purple entry slip, with room to write your child's name and the date. You'll drop this slip into our special Storytime Quilt box, and - just like that - you've got one more chance to win! Every log sheet you return increases your odds.

Questions? Stop by the Children's Desk or call 814.235.7817

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Posted 2/9/2015

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Party Animals: How Genes Help Shape Our Political Views

Pete Hatemi, Associate Professor of Political Science at Penn State, will show us how genes shape our political lives. This event is part of the ongoing Research Unplugged series.

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room.
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Join us for a discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to start a new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Rise of the Robots: Imagining the Future of Robot-Human Relationships

Ever wonder whether robots will be our servants or our masters? Join us as John Jordan, Clinical Professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems, helps us move past pop culture stereotypes and envision the possibilities for the role of robots in the not-too-distant future.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Adult Events Cancelled Thru March 8

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary
Join us next time on:

May 19 2015

Repeats every month on February, March, April, May on the third Tuesday until Tue May 19 2015 .
6:00pm

Enrich your relationship with books!

Please call 814.235.7817 to register.
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Wednesday 4 times .
9:30am

We love stories! Join us for stories, songs, flannelboards and more! 

  • Ages: 3 to 5
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 2: Wednesdays at 9:30am

  • March 11
  • March 18
  • March 25
  • April 1
Registrations closed

August 18 2015

6:30pm

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Join us for a discussion of A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

This novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks and reveals triumphs and failures lived inside their beloved home, a house built by Red, the family patriarch. The Whitshanks meet under the same roof once again, reminiscing and also knowing that tough choices about their lives and the fate of their house must be made.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
Visit Tumblebooks

TumbleBooks brings stories to life for readers of all ages. Cuddle up with the kids to watch storybooks transform into delightful video tales, then settle in with a captivating eBook or eAudiobook for yourself. No check-outs necessary - what you see is what you get!

Your Summer Reading adventure starts here!

My First Book Club

  • Ages 0 to 2
  • Registration begins Monday, May 18, 2015
  • Start logging your reading starting Sunday, June 1, 2015

Read 50 books to your child and log them online, then come to the Children's Desk to choose a book to keep!

Note: Other prizes, tickets, and parties do not apply to those under 3 years of age. 

 

Register Here     Log Your Reading

Find a great new book today!

Having a hard time picking out a book? 

Finished your favorite series and looking for something new?

Check out our read-alikes sitewhere you can browse great book recommendations based on titles you already know and love.

Posted 2/6/2014

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff atrefdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
5:30pm to 6:30pm

Join a community of nature lovers. Read books on nature, wildlife, and conservation and engage in friendly, insightful discussion.

  • Who: Adults and mature teens
  • Where: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
  • Cost: Free
No registration necessary
7:00pm

Centre County Reads Author Visit at the HUB

The evening book club will be at the HUB Auditorium at 7pm for an author visit. Jess Walter, author of the Centre County Reads 2015 selection, Beautiful Ruins, will be interviewed and answer audience questions. A book signing will follow. Visit the Centre County Reads website for more information. Regular meetings resume in April.

  • Where: HUB Auditorium, Penn State University Park Campus
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Celebrate the April rain that brings beautiful spring flowers with your own Rain Stick!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary

May 18 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary

The Schlow Library Adult Department offers proctoring services.

  • Contact us at least 7 days in advance.
  • Notify us of any special requirements for your test - online or paper, special software, special browser, etc. - at the time of your booking.
  • $25.00 fee per 2-hour exam, plus any related postage or faxing costs. Each additional hour will be an additional $15. Cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard accepted. *Change effective January 1, 2015*
  • Proctoring times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; weekdays and weekends by special arrangement. *Change effective January 1, 2015*

Email refdesk@schlowlibrary.org or call 814.235.7816 to book.

Note: The Outreach Testing Center at Penn State will "proctor students from any university taking a proctored exam." Click here for more information.

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The Schlow Library Adult Department offers proctoring services.

Contact us at least 7 days in advance.

Notify us of any special requirements for your test - online or paper, special software, special browser, etc. - at the time of your booking.

$25.00 fee per 2-hour exam, plus any related postage or faxing costs. Each additional hour will be an additional $15. Cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard accepted. *Change effective January 1, 2015*

Proctoring times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday; weekdays and weekends by special arrangement. *Change effective January 1, 2015*

To schedule, email refdesk@schlowlibrary.org or call 814.235.7816.

Note: The Outreach Testing Center at Penn State will "proctor students from any university taking a proctored exam."

Auto Repair Reference Center

Troubleshoot your car care needs with Auto Repair Reference Center.

Chess Piece

Beginning in September

Have you and your family members missed our weekend chess club? Well, we have news for you! It's back.

USCF chess player Sandy Breon and visitors from Penn State's Chess Club will be here to teach tactics and challenge your skills.

  • Where:  Sun Room
  • When: Every Saturday, 2pm-4pm

 

 

 

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1:00pm

Stop in for fun swine-related activities, and remember to pig out on books all month long!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 6:30pm

Of a Feather by Scott Weidensaul

Join a community of nature lovers. Read books on nature, wildlife, and conservation and engage in friendly, insightful discussion. Our first book will be Of a Feather by BookFest PA 2014 author Scott Weidensaul.

  • Who: Adults and mature teens
  • Where: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
  • Cost: Free
No registration necessary
11:00am to 2:00pm

Jazz up the start of 2015 with a colorful New Year's Crown! Use spirals, zig-zags, and all types of shapes and colors.

No registration necessary
10:30am to 11:30am

Schlow's Digital Library for Kindles

There are many Kindle models and you can use Schlow's eBooks with all of them! Join us to learn how to use our digital library on Kindle eReaders and tablets -- the new Voyage and Kindle Fire models included.

  • Where: The Musser Room

If the event is full you may call to be added to the wait list.

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Tuesday 5 times .
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children

Join Connie Schulz, SCASD Family Outreach Specialist, and community resource guides to meet other parents and share ideas. 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

Tuesdays, 12pm-1:30pm

  • ​January 20
  • January 27 - CANCELLED DUE TO SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSING
  • February 3
  • February 10
  • February 17
  • February 24 - CANCELLED DUE TO BUILDING CLOSURE
     
  • ​To register, please call 814.231.1070, or visit SCASD's Community Education page. Click on the Register Now button, select 2015 Winter Spring (semester) and Parent Education (subject). If you do not see this as an option, please check back at a later date.
  • Childcare is provided at no cost, but please make reservations one week prior to the date needed, or for the series by Tuesday, September 9.

​Topics include:

  • Understanding Your Child's Emotional Experience
  • Problem-solving/Self-care for Caregivers
  • Emotion-coaching Your Child's Anger
  • and more!

 

Please call 814.231.1070 to register.

May 12 2015

6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice. . .published and hopeful. All writers are welcome!

NVWN also serves as a connecting point for local critique groups.

Please contact Mark T. Shirey  at mts@uplink.net for more information.

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room

 


 

No registration necessary

August 13 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary

Schlow’s wireless is free to anyone in the Library.

  • Connect to the wireless network (SSID) called "schlowlibrary" which should be accessible anywhere in the library.
  • Encryption is WPA2 Personal. WPA Personal is also supported.
  • The password is also "schlowlibrary", without the quotation marks.
  • Wait 10-15 seconds to allow your computer to properly set its new network settings.
  • Open your web browser. If you have set it to a blank page, or a site beginning with https://, you must try to visit an internet web page. 
  • Review our internet policy, then click on "I accept."

Questions? Please ask at the Reference Desk.

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Supporting Libraries, Serving You


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The Central PA District Library Center, operated through the Schlow Centre Region Library, supports and enhances the resources and services of the public libraries in Centre, Clearfield, Juniata, and Mifflin Counties.

Interlibrary Loan

If materials you want are not at your library, the district will try to obtain them from another library. Just ask at your local library.

Library by Mail

If you or someone you know is homebound, complete an application here or at your local library and we’ll provide free books by mail. When you finish, place materials back in the postage bag and put it in the mail. It’s that easy!

Downloadable eBooks and Audio Books

Download a diverse and growing collection of titles by clicking on the district-supported Overdrive and TumbleBooks links on your home library website!

The National Bonsai and Penjing Museum Water Jasmine by The Tree Topper

Take time to study the lovely bonsai and kusamono (accent plants) on display in their handmade containers each time you visit the Library this April. Perfect for spring, these delightful trees represent years and, sometimes, centuries of dedication to achieve their style. With ancient roots in Japanese culture, bonsai styling is an art form centered in contemplation.

Due to the horticultural needs of bonsai, members of Happy Valley Bonsai Club (HVBC) will display only tropical and a limited number of temperate climate plants Monday through Thursdays. A broader variety of temperate climate trees will be viewable Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, including crabapple, juniper, and maple.

Begun in June 2014, The Happy Valley Bonsai club offers opportunities for members and enthusiasts to share knowledge and learn together. Meetings involve hands-on work on members’ and visitors’ bonsai, along with the occasional demonstration. The public is invited to their next meeting on April 26, from 1:30 - 3:30pm, in Schlow’s Downsbrough Community Room.

  • When: April 6-30
  • Where: Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery

 

Posted 4/9/2015

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Heads Up! Kids and Sports-Related Brain Injuries

Wayne Sebastianelli, M.D. is the Kalenak Professor in Orthopaedics and the Director of Athletic Medicine at Penn State. Join him for the latest research on children and sports-related brain injuries.

This event is part of the Spring 2014 Research Unplugged series.

  • Where: PSU's Pegula Ice Arena Community Room
No registration necessary
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman

Join us for a discussion of Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman.

A compelling, often hilarious, and unfailingly compassionate portrait of life inside a woman's prison. Piper Kerman was living a pretty normal life when she was arrested for a drug related crime she committed 10 years in the past. This memoir documents her time in prison. Now a Netflix original series.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Pop! America’s Enduring Love for Popular Music

Join us for a toe-tapping and finger-snapping good time with our final talk of the semester! Associate Professor of Music Theory Vincent Benitez will give us a guided tour—with many musical examples along the way—of pop music’s most provocative, influential and important creations and artists. Bring your friends, your opinions and your questions!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary
7:00pm

Can a violin or a viola make a sound like a bird, a cat, or a bear? Wear your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to listen to stories and music about our animal friends!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Wednesday 4 times .
10:30am

A storytime for all ages! Interactive stories, fingerplays, and music. 

  • Ages: 2 to 7
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 2: Wednesdays at 10:30am

  • March 11
  • March 18
  • March 25
  • April 1
No registration necessary

May 27 2015

2:00pm

Martian by Andrew Weir

Join us for a discussion of The Martian by Andrew Weir

The first man to walk on mars is also the first man to be stuck there. A dust storm forces his crew to evacuate, but thinking him dead, they leave without Mark Watney - a man who is resourceful, stubborn, and not ready to die. Will all of his work pay off or will be be the first man to die on Mars as well?

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
Transparent Language

Interested in learning a language or 80? Transparent Language offers lively lessons, videos, blogs, and social connections in one complete experience. Includes ESL. Create an account to keep track of your coursework.

Find the Summer Reading Program that's right for you!

 

Ages 0-2    3-12

Teens!    Adults

Global children

At the library

  • Bilingual books
  • DVDs
  • Kits
  • Teach Me... Language series
  • Muzzy
  • Nonfiction - Dictionaries and Translations
    • J 433 - German
    • J 440 - French
    • J 453 - Italian
    • J 460 - Spanish
    • J 491 - Russian
    • J 492 - Japanese
    • J 495 - Chinese

Online

Broaden your child’s world - help him or her learn a new language!

Discover Schlow’s wealth of books, DVDs, kits, and online stories, audiobooks and games in multiple languages.

Dictionaries and Monolingual Books – Looking for an Italian-English picture dictionary or Madeline in Spanish?  Find dictionaries, grammar guides and translations of classic picture and chapter books in our non-fiction section.

Bilingual Books - Make it easy and fun to jump from one tongue to another with books featuring both English and another language. Includes Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, and more.

BookFlix - Teaching Spanish to kids who love visual learning? BookFlix offers video fiction and eBook nonfiction titles in Spanish, with optional read-alouds.

DVDs – Enjoy movies that appeal to speakers of many languages. Choose from a range of DVDs with subtitles and multiple language audio tracks, as well as numerous series with a multicultural focus.

Kits - Improve beginning reading skills in a new language with Kits! Each one holds a book paired with its corresponding audiobook, so your child can see and hear each word clearly. Muzzy and the Teach Me… Language series offer animation and playful songs to liven up your teaching.

Muzzy Online - Learning a language is fun and interactive! Take a break from workbooks and flash cards; give Muzzy's playful video lessons a try. With 10 languages to choose from, your family will be speaking a new language in no time!

Transparent Language – Interact with flashcard-style vocabulary lessons, complete with audio. Offered in 80+ languages, these lively mini-classes are terrific at home or on the go via an app that kids will love.

TumbleBooks - Share video storybooks with your child in English, French, and Spanish. Connect to a huge selection via TumbleBooks’ Language Learning collection.

 

Posted 2/6/2014

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff atrefdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
5:30pm to 6:30pm

October's meeting has been canceled

Join a community of nature lovers. Read books on nature, wildlife, and conservation and engage in friendly, insightful discussion.

  • Who: Adults and mature teens
  • Where: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
  • Cost: Free
No registration necessary
6:30pm

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Join us for a discussion of Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan.

Jim Gaffigan, a Grammy nominated Comedian and New York Times Best Selling author, presents his hilarious thoughts on food and food culture. Enjoy his observations about everything from bacon cheeseburgers to kale.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
9:00am

Stop into the Library or call 814.235.7817 to reserve your spot in our next session of storytimes!

Find specific dates and times here.

Registrations closed
11:00am to 2:00pm

Discover local trees and plants with fun sensory activities, just in time for Arbor Day!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary

June 1 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary

Thanks for your interest in helping Schlow!

Volunteers are the wonder workers of the Library, and provide many thousands of hours of essential assistance every year.

  • Pick up a volunteer application at the Circulation Desk or print it from the attached file.
  • Drop off your completed application at the Circulation Desk or mail it to:
    Schlow Centre Region Library
    ATTN: Diane Schmidt
    211 S. Allen St.
    State College, PA  16801
  • As soon as it is reviewed, we will contact you about any current volunteer opportunities that match your availability.
  • Volunteers needing Community Service hours should inquire before submitting an application.

Note:  Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age. Applicants under 18 must also submit the attached Parent/Guardian Consent Form. Applicants 18 and over must submit the required background checks. 

For further questions, contact us at 814.237.6236 or use the “Contact Us” form.

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Read online with OverDrive

Read or listen to downloadable books! Find bestsellers to business, mystery to history, romance to politics and much more at OverDrive.

Contemporary Authors

Detailed information about authors, actors and playwrights.

Gadgets

Fall 2014 Series

Our popular Gadgets for Grownup series returns this fall with some exciting new classes!  All classes meet Saturdays at 10:30am in our Musser Room. 

Join us for:

Check our event calendar for details or call 814.235.7816 to register.

 

Posted 8/7/2014

2:30pm to 5:00pm

Arborea

"A gorgeous voice floating ever-so-light above an exquisite bed of instrumental texture; a mysterious and ethereal world of music that really draws me in...That's Arborea. And that's just the way I like my music." Gene Shay, WXPN/Folk Alley/The Village on XM Satellite Radio
10:00am to 1:00pm

Celebrate Earth Day with a local 6th grade class!

  • Free face painting!
  • Watch students create Endangered Species sidewalk art

* Rain date: Wednesday, April 23

No registration necessary
11:00am to 2:00pm

Explore the science of magnetism with Magnetic Marvel Jars!

No registration necessary
10:30am to 11:30am

Gadgets for ESL

Schlow offers free print and digital ESL materials for all ages. Join us to learn where they are, how to use them, and about other community resources for learning English as a second language.

  • Where: The Musser Room

If the event is full you may call to be added to the wait list.

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Wednesday 3 times except Wed Mar 11 2015.
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Join Connie Schulz - SCASD Family Outreach Specialist - and community resource guides to meet other parents and share ideas. 

  • Wednesdays, 12pm-1:30pm, in the Downsbrough Community Room
    • ​March 4: Helping Children Get Along with Others - Friendship and Sibling Skills
    • March 18: Managing School Days
    • March 25: Dynamics of Two-Parent Parenting
      • Please note: We will be skipping March 11.
      • See full topic descriptions below.
  • To register, please call 814.231.1070, or visit SCASD's Community Education page. Click on the Register Now button, select 2015 Winter Spring (semester) and Parent Education (subject). If you do not see this as an option, please check back at a later date.
  • Childcare is provided at no cost, but please make reservations one week prior to the date needed, or for the series by Tuesday, September 9.
     
  • Helping Children Get Along with Others - Friendship and Sibling Skills
    • PSU Friendship Group facilitators will share some information about their program as we focus on ways that parents and caregivers can foster positive people skills in children. We will also look at ways that bullying prevention begins at home.
  • Managing School Days
    • Whether you have children already in school or preschool, you may experience or anticipate challenges to juggling schedules, paperwork, homework, and trying to have time for family fun. We will look at different ways to manage the typical challenges.
  • Dynamics of Two-Parent Parenting
    • What if parents don't agree on ways to handle discipline? We will share information from the PSU Prevention Research Center on some of the basics for successful co-parenting.

 

Please call 814.231.1070 to register.
6:30pm

Free showing of Cleopatra at the State Theatre

Centre County Reads has rolled out the red carpet for its twelfth annual celebration of community activities and discussion centered around a single book.  This year’s book, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, tells the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.

We'll kick off with an "Old Hollywood" themed movie gala at the State Theater in State College, featuring a viewing of the 1963 feature classic Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  Dress in your “Oscars best” and have your photo taken by paparazzi before the show. The red carpet walk is at 6:30pm and the free film showing begins at 7pm.

  • Where: State Theatre, 130 West College Avenue, State College, PA
No registration necessary

August 27 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary

Need more time to finish your latest page-turner? Renew it!

  • Click on the green Log In button next to the Search bar.
  • Enter your library card number (no spaces) and PIN. Need the PIN? Call the Circulation Desk during Library hours with your library card number.
  • Select the Checked Out option.
  • Select the item you want to renew and click the Renew Selected Items button.
  • Important:  Make sure the due date changes. If it does not, call the Circulation Desk at 814.235.7815.

Note:

  • Most items can be renewed twice for 3 weeks per renewal.
  • If someone else has requested an item, it cannot be renewed.
  • Some items, including Discovery Space passes, Lucky Day books, and 3-Day DVDs, cannot be renewed.

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Hours

Our virtual branch is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Effective January 2, 2015.

Monday - Wednesday

9am to 8pm

Thursday

Noon to 8pm

Friday

9am to 6pm

Saturday

9am to 5pm

Sunday

1pm to 5pm September through May

Closed June through August

Location

211 S. Allen St.
State College, PA  16801


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Find us on the corner of Allen St. and Beaver Ave. 

Parking

Free parking with validation for Schlow visitors while they are in the Library. Enter our lot from Allen St.

Public Transit

Many CATA bus routes stop right outside our building on Beaver Ave. The rest stop a block away on the corner of Allen St. and College Ave.

Searchasaurus (available until June 2015)

Colorful graphics help young researchers explore their desired topics.

Greg Pizzoli reading Number One Sam

Didn't get a chance to meet Greg Pizzoli? Watch a video of Greg as he reads his book, Number One Sam

Posted 4/20/2015

12:30pm to 1:30pm

4th Rock From The Sun: Exploring The Mysteries Of Mars

James Kasting, from Geosciences at Penn State, will talk about Mars! This program comes just in time to educate us all about the subject of this year's Centre County reads book!

  • Where: Schlow Library Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Join us for a discussion on The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Spanning the globe from Philadelphia to Tahiti, this book tells the story of the exceptional Alma Whittaker, a woman who witness amazing moments in human history, and her family of unforgettable characters.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
7:30pm to 8:30pm

Author Visit

Learn how game design can transform our political society and inspire citizenry. Josh Lerner, inaugural recipient of the Brown Democracy Medal created by Penn State's McCourtney Institute for Democracy, will talk about his award-winning book.

“..an absolute must-have book for democracy advocates and public engagement practitioners."
                           --Sandy Heierbacher, Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation

 

  •     Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Enjoy fun winter activities with Paws of Friendship!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:

April 29 2015

Repeats every week every Wednesday and every Thursday until Fri May 01 2015 .
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us on Wednesdays from 3-5pm for Elementary Book Club! 
Talk about your favorite books, authors, and characters with other kids your age. Snacks provided!

Thursdays from 3-5pm will feature Drop-In Activities!
Discover new interests, play with science, race BeeBots, design your own art box, master a Lego challenge, and more! 

Elementary Explorers will take place every week in March and April!

No registration necessary

June 24 2015

2:00pm

The One and Only by Emily Griffin

Join us for a discussion of The One and Only by Emily Griffin

When an unexpected tragedy strikes a small Texas college town that lives for football, Shea Rigsby begins to wonder if the hometown life she lives is right for her. She questions the loyalty that lead her to taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation. Some of the choices she makes as a result have disastrous consequences, highlighting Griffin's talent for creating characters people love to hate.  

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
Zinio Magazines

Get the full magazine experience with Zinio, including stories, pictures, even cartoons! Download a great selection of titles - Oprah to Parenting, Car & Driver to Yoga Journal. Not to be missed: the interactive National Geographic!

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Baby & Me - 9:30am
Mondays              Tuesdays
March 9               March 10
March 16             March 17
March 23             March 24
March 30             March 31

Tales for Twos - 10:30am
Mondays - FULL    Tuesdays - FULL
March 9               March 10
March 16             March 17
March 23             March 24
March 30             March 31

3s, 4s, & 5s Storytime - 9:30am
Wednesdays
March 11
March 18
March 25
April 1

Everybody Storytime - 10:30am
(No registration required)

Wednesdays
March 11
March 18
March 25
April 1

Toddler Learning Centre
SESSION 2 CANCELED
(See explanation at left)

 

Session 2 storytime registration is open now!

  • Take a look at the updated dates below.
  • The second session of Toddler Learning Centre has been canceled. (See below for further explanation.)
  • We thank you for your patience and understanding!

     
  • Register in advance for storytimes, except for Everybody Storytimes and Saturday Stories Alive.

  • An adult must accompany each child.

  • Siblings may attend, but parents are responsible for ensuring that they behave in an appropriate manner.

  • Storytimes are limited to 20 children per session.

  • You may choose to register for Toddler Learning Centre OR one Tales for Twos storytime each session.

Baby & Me Storytime
Ages: Newborn to 18 months
Sweet stories, songs, & lapsit rhymes - a playtime just for baby & grown-up.

Tales for Twos - BOTH DAYS FULL
Ages: 18 to 36 months
Singing, dancing, fingerplays, and stories - a fun time for you and your toddler.

3s, 4s, & 5s Storytime
Ages: 3 to 5
We love stories! Join us for stories, songs, flannelboards, and more.

Everybody Storytime (No registration required)
Ages: 2 to 7
A storytime for all ages! Interactive stories, fingerplays, and music.

Toddler Learning Centre - SESSION 2 CANCELED
Unfortunately, Schlow's building emergency has damaged both the space in which TLC is held and many of the toys the children love so much. As a result, we cannot provide the same program our patrons have come to expect, so we have decided to cancel the upcoming session of TLC. We'll be ready to play before you know it, though: keep your eyes peeled for a baby and toddler drop-in playgroup coming this summer!

 

Posted 2/6/2014

Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Saturday 52 times except Sat May 17 2014.
1:30pm to 5:00pm

Adult Events Cancelled Thru March 8

Come and play! The Go Club meets every Saturday.

  • Ages 12 and up
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Where: Sun Room

 

No registration necessary
5:30pm to 6:30pm

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Join a community of nature lovers. Read books on nature, wildlife, and conservation and engage in friendly, insightful discussion. This month'a book is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson.

  • Who: Adults and mature teens
  • Where: Millbrook Marsh Nature Center
  • Cost: Free
No registration necessary
2:00pm

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

Join us for a discussion of Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan.

Jim Gaffigan, a Grammy nominated Comedian and New York Times Best Selling author, presents his hilarious thoughts on food and food culture. Enjoy his observations about everything from bacon cheeseburgers to kale.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Monday 4 times .
9:30am

Sweet stories, songs & action rhymes - a playtime just for baby and grown-up.

  • Ages: Newborns to 18 months
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 1: Mondays at 9:30am

  • January 19
  • January 26
  • February 2
  • February 9
Registrations closed
11:00am to 2:00pm

Make a beautiful Spring Scene with tissue paper flowers!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary

June 15 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary

Details about supporting Schlow by becoming a Friend are on our Volunteer and Donate page.

 

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General

COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT POLICY

I.     INTRODUCTION

The Centre County Federation of Public Libraries provides free library service to all persons living in Centre County. Centre County Library & Historical Museum (including its branch library locations and bookmobile) and Schlow Centre Region Library make up the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries. The Library Directors of the two member libraries share co-system administrator duties and responsibilities. 

Schlow Centre Region Library, as the headquarters of the Central Pennsylvania Library District, also operates as a resource library for the district member libraries in Clearfield, Juniata and Mifflin Counties. 

Through cooperation with other area libraries and by participation in the Central Pennsylvania Library District programs, the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries attempts to provide a wide variety of library resources and services to individuals and community groups in Centre County.

The collection development policy is intended to implement the general objectives of the public library: to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community with a full range of modern library services and resources.

The policy is to be reexamined on a regular basis by the Federation Board in consultation with the Library Directors. The Library Directors are responsible for implementing this policy.

II.    SELECTION STATEMENT

A.    General Statement

The libraries purchase, within budgetary limitations, the best materials of both permanent and current interest in all subjects. The selection of library resources is a prime activity of the libraries and is based on the needs and requests of the communities that they serve.

B.    Responsibilities

Final responsibility for selection of all library materials rests with the Library Directors, who operate within the framework of policies determined by the Federation Board.

However, the Library Directors will delegate to the librarians involved in selection the authority to interpret the policy in making day-to-day decisions. Librarians at the main Centre County Library facility are responsible for selecting, evaluating and weeding materials for the branches and the bookmobile. Problems will be referred to the Directors for resolution. Suggestions from other staff members and library users are encouraged and seriously considered.

C.    Criteria for Selection

Those librarians selecting books and audiovisual materials draw upon their experience and knowledge of the available resources, the existing collection, and the community (its needs, demands, and other library holdings). The overall value of the material to the collection is the chief criterion for selection.

Factors considered in recommending library materials for purchase are:    

1.  The author’s authority and competence.

2.  Importance of the subject matter to the collection.

3.  Scarcity of material on the subject.

4.  Timeliness or permanence of the item.

5.  Appearance of the title in standard bibliographies or indexes.

6.  Clarity and accuracy of presentation.

7.  Reputation and standing of the publisher.

8.  Budgetary considerations and price.

9.  Suitability of format and price.

10.  Availability of the material in other library collections in the area.

D.    Selection Aids

Printed reviews play an important role in the selection process. Since the libraries can afford only a small proportion of the books and other materials published each year, it is vital that the libraries select those items that best serve the needs of the community.

Some important reviewing sources are: 

Booklist

Publisher’s Weekly

Kirkus Reviews Review

Kliatt

Library Journal

Multicultural Review

New York Times Review

Voice of Youth Advocates

Bulletin of Center for Children’s Books

Horn Book

School Library Journal

Video Librarian

Ingram Ipage Professional

And other professional literature as appropriate

E.   Age of Clientele

1.  Children

The children’s department serves children from birth through the 5th or 6th grade. It maintains a broad juvenile collection, including materials ranging from standard titles to high-interest items.

Special considerations in selecting children’s materials:

a. Series which do not meet the selection criteria are not considered. Each title in a fiction or nonfiction series is evaluated individually.

b. Abridgements will be selected only when the story and concepts are considered suitable for children, but the writing of the original is too involved for the average child. Generally, the libraries do not buy adaptations. Only the best retelling of folk tales will be considered.

2.  Young Adults

A separate collection of hardbound fiction and paperbacks is maintained for young adults (grades 6-12). Nonfiction books especially suited for young adult needs and interests are distinguished by a “Y” in the call number and are shelved with the adult collection.

It is recognized that there is a great range of maturity between children and young adults, and that all materials selected might not be equally suitable in subject and vocabulary for all ages. Final responsibility for children’s and teenagers’ choice of library material rests with their parents or legal guardians.

3.   Adults

Centre County Federation of Public Libraries has developed the adult collections to serve the interests of the general reader. Resources for patrons engaged in serious and extensive researches are available from the academic and special libraries in the area. The libraries also recognize the special needs of some adults for materials such as large print, closed caption videos, audiobooks, adult new reader books, and English as a second language material.

F.         Special Areas/Considerations

1.    Reference material

Although most any item in a library can be used to provide reference service, the libraries maintain a specific collection of print and electronic reference materials. As a general rule only the latest edition of a reference title is kept in the reference area. Older editions are transferred to the circulating collection or withdrawn.

2.    Local History

The Schlow Centre Region Library maintains some local history material covering the Centre Region and Centre County. Included are yearbooks of the State College High School, and Friends of the Library oral history tapes and transcriptions. The collection also contains, on a limited scale, bound and unbound publications and vertical file material about Centre Region and Central Pennsylvania history.

Schlow Centre Region Library does not attempt to collect primary materials (private papers, diaries, manuscripts, and church, society, or company records). Genealogical and in-depth local history requests are referred to the Centre County Library, the Penn State Room of the The Pennsylvania State University Libraries, or the local historical or genealogical societies.   

The purpose of the Centre County Library and Historical Museum Pennsylvania Room collection is to collect and preserve primary and secondary source materials that document the history of Bellefonte and Centre County with an emphasis on genealogy materials, and to make them available to researchers and the general public. In addition, the Centre County Library and Historical Museum will maintain a general collection of Pennsylvania state history materials.

The Pennsylvania Room materials are physically located in the Historical Museum building, but are considered part of the reference collection of Centre County Library, and as such are not a circulating collection.

The history portion of the collection includes county histories and atlases, and state and regional histories chosen on the basis of scholarly reputation and/or permanent value and interest to Pennsylvania Room patrons, such as histories of the towns and townships of Centre County by local authors. Standard works on Pennsylvania-related subjects such as railroads, arts and crafts, folklore, and industries also are in the Pennsylvania Room core collection.

The genealogical portions of the collection are geographically defined, relating primarily to Centre County and the counties that are directly adjacent (Clinton, Clearfield, Huntingdon, and Union), and secondarily to other areas of Pennsylvania. The collection also includes some general reference works on the hobby of genealogy. The Pennsylvania Room collection also includes historic Centre County records, Centre County newspapers on microfilm and some in original paper form; and numerous indexes and card files relating to local history and genealogy.

3.    Local Authors

Materials written or produced by local authors are not automatically added to the collection. Textbooks and research-oriented materials by local residents and faculty members will be added only if they are of general interest. 

4.    Best Sellers

Multiple copies of books likely to be in high demand are ordered in advance of publication, and additional copies are added when the number of reserves per copy exceeds a predetermined ratio. It is important to have sufficient copies available within the county to fill pending reserves in a timely manner since best sellers may not be requested on interlibrary loan. Unneeded copies are withdrawn when the demand declines.

5.     Material for school assignments   

Students’ school-related needs are served with supplementary reading and reference materials, but the libraries do not attempt to undertake the curriculum-support function of the school library. It is expected that each school will meet its own curriculum needs with adequate books and other materials.

The libraries do not supply textbooks used in the schools and colleges of this area. Textbooks are purchased only when they provide the best coverage of a subject, are the best sources of information available, and are of use to the general public.          

6.     Schlow Centre Region Library - Materials to serve district libraries

Materials may be purchased for the clientele of the libraries in the Central Pennsylvania Library District, as well as for the use of patrons in Schlow Centre Region Library’s service area. This could include rotating collections, reference materials, and/or shared electronic resources. Any material in the Schlow Library collection is available to the Central PA population through interlibrary loan. 

G.        Maintenance of collection

1.    Weeding

Weeding is the systematic withdrawal of items which are outdated, no longer needed or damaged. This process is an integral part of collection development and maintenance. In general, the criteria used in selecting new materials also apply to weeding. Materials that fall into the following categories should be withdrawn:

a.    Materials which contain outdated information;

b.    Superseded editions;

c.    Worn or defaced items;

d.    Material that is no longer timely.

e.    Material that no longer circulates.

2.      Duplication and multiple copies

Multiple copies of titles are purchased where there is an expressed need. Duplication is kept to a minimum, but materials must be in sufficient supply to make the libraries dependable sources for the people they serve. Because of over-lapping interests and reading abilities, titles occasionally appear in more than one circulating collection (adult, young adult, or children’s). Such duplication is made at the discretion of the librarians in charge of these collections.

3.       Replacement

Titles for which the last copy has been withdrawn are considered for replacement. The same criteria that apply in original selection apply to replacement with particular attention given to the following:

a.   The continued value of the particular title;

b.   The demand for the specific title based on circulation records;

c.   The extent of adequate coverage of the field in the existing collection;

d.   The availability of newer or better material in the field.

e.   The availability of the title for reordering.

4.         Binding, Rebinding and Mending

Decisions must be made continuously on how to handle worn books -- whether to mend, bind, or withdraw them. Each decision is based on:

a.   The actual condition of the item;

b.   The number of duplicate copies in the collection;

c.   The current validity of its contents;

d.   Availability of the title for reorder; and

e.   The cost of mending or binding versus the cost of replacement.

f.     New paperbacks are sometimes bound to prolong their life.

H.        Special Formats:   Print Material

1. Paperbacks

Paperback editions are added to the collection for reasons of economy and because this format appeals to many readers. General selection policies and criteria apply to the purchase of paper bound materials.

Paperbacks are purchased if:

a.   There is no other edition available.

b.   It is an original title appearing only in this form;

c.   Duplicate copies are needed.

d.   The hardback edition is too expensive.

2.  Large Print Books

Books in large type are purchased for patrons with partial vision. The collection is shelved separately.

3.  Newspapers

Local newspapers, plus a representative selection of major newspapers of national coverage, are purchased for the following purposes:

a.   To provide current news coverage;

b.   To satisfy recreational reading needs;

c.   To provide a unique source of local information.

4.  Periodicals

Periodicals are chosen for the following purposes:

a.   To supplement the book collection as an additional source of information - especially current information;

b.   To satisfy recreational reading needs;

c.   To serve as book selection aids and professional reading for the staff.

Periodicals indexed in EbscoHost are given first priority. All magazines at the main libraries are kept at least two years plus the current year. Back issues for many periodicals are available in full text in EbscoHost.

5.  Vertical file material – Schlow Centre Region Library

Maps and local history, including oral histories, are maintained in vertical files for public use. Information previously presented in pamphlet form is now widely available on the Internet.

I.   Special Formats: Non-print Materials

1.   Sound Recordings

The recorded sound collection consists of compact discs, cassettes and digital downloadable files. Selections include classical, jazz, folk, and popular music. Other important sections are audiobooks and other non-musical recordings, especially children’s stories, language learning, and other instructional recordings.

2.  Electronic Resources

Reference and informational CD-ROMS, software and electronic databases are selected to supplement the collection. In many cases these resources are available to patrons both inside and outside the library. Each decision is based on:

a.   Ease of use and accessibility for patrons

b.   Available space for the print copies

c.   Cost of the resource

d.   Subject matter               

e.   Ability to serve patrons quickly

3.  Educational toys, games and puppets

Toys, games and puppets are chosen to foster developmental skills primarily among preschool children. Eye-hand coordination, color differentiation and self perception are some skills which these materials teach young children. Puppets also encourage verbalization, and creative dramatics, and can be used effectively with picture books. Toys and games which reinforce reading and math skills for school age children are also included.

4.  Multimedia kits

Kits of book-cassette or book-CD combinations are available mostly for preschool and elementary age children. Kits can foster reading skills, expose children to quality literature, and provide an added dimension to the learning experience. Many kits for adults focus on language skills (English, English as a second language, and other languages). Some kits for teachers, youth leaders and parents provide a variety of material on a specific theme. Both fiction and nonfiction subjects are included in this collection.

5.  DVDs and Videocassettes

The library maintains a collection of videocassettes and DVD’s primarily for the home use of adults, youth and/or children, although some titles also have public performance rights. The library acquires these materials to serve recreational and informational purposes. Informational DVDs and videocassettes take advantage of the film’s ability to present ideas and information in ways superior to print (such as cooking, exercise, sports, and nature tapes). Broad popular appeal is the main criterion for selection for this material.  

7.  Microforms

The Centre County Library & Historical Museum maintains a collection of microforms to support the Pennsylvania Room’s research collections. 

The Schlow Centre Region Library does not own microforms. Patrons desiring extensive back files of periodicals or other information on microforms are referred to The Pennsylvania State University Libraries.

8.  Other non-print media

Other non-print media will be purchased if they represent the most suitable, useful and effective format in which to present a subject. While there are special considerations in the selection and use of these non-print materials, the same general philosophy expressed in regard to print materials applies.

9.  Equipment

The libraries have media equipment available for patron use and library programming. Selection of media equipment is based on the following criteria:

a.   Quality of performance

b.   Ease of operation

c.   Durability and design, with emphasis on safety features;

d.   Portability;

e.   Ease of maintenance and repair;

f.    Reputation of manufacturer;

g.   Cost, in comparison with other models.

III. GIFTS

The libraries accept gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they become the property of the library and are evaluated in the same manner as purchased materials. Materials which are useful to the library collections are retained, and other materials disposed of in whatever manner the libraries deem best--by giving them to other libraries or other institutions, or by selling them. The donor is not notified about the final disposition of the book unless this is specifically requested at the time of donation.

No special shelves or sections will be designated for gift collections. The libraries do not provide evaluation of gifts for tax relief or other purposes.

Funds for the purchase of materials are accepted. The libraries encourage donors to place as few restrictions as possible on the funds in order to permit the flexible use of the donation for the enrichment of the collection. An appropriate book plate is placed in each honor or memorial gift and a list of honored persons is published once a year. There is a separate policy on endowments for library materials. 

IV. INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM AND CONTROVERSIAL MATERIAL

The libraries have a responsibility to serve all segments of the county. Materials useful to some may be objectionable to others.  Selections are based solely on the merits of the work in relation to building the collections and to serving the interests of readers. The libraries attempt to represent all sides of controversial issues. Their function is to provide information, not to advocate specific points of view.

Reading preferences are a purely individual matter; while anyone is free to personally reject books and other materials, this right cannot be exercised to restrict the freedom to others.

Library materials will not be marked or identified to show approval or disapproval of the contents, and no cataloged item will be placed on closed shelves, except for the express purpose of protecting it from injury or theft. Items may be placed on temporary reserve for specific class assignment or projects.

Responsibility for what children and young adults read and view rests with their parents’ and/or legal guardians. Selections will not be inhibited by the possibility that controversial materials may come into the possession of children or young adults.

In its selection of materials, the libraries subscribe to the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read and Freedom to View statements and to the Library Bill of Rights (appended).

V. REQUEST FOR WITHDRAWAL OR ADDITION OF MATERIAL

Any complaint by a patron concerning the presence or absence of any library material is referred to the librarian responsible for that collection who will discuss the matter with the complainant. If the complainant is not satisfied, an appointment should be made with the Library Director to discuss the matter further. 

If a patron wishes, the “Request for Reconsideration of Library Materials” form or “Request for the Addition of Materials” form will be supplied. On receiving the completed form, the librarian will examine the item in question, and reconsider it according to the collection development policy. Based on this re-evaluation, the Library Director will decide whether or not to add or remove the material in question and will write to the complainant giving the reasons for the decision. If still unsatisfied, the complainant may appeal in writing to the Federation Board. Materials subject to complaint will not be removed or acquired pending final action.

VI.   INTERLIBRARY LOAN AND RECIPROCAL BORROWING

The libraries cannot have available in their own collections all materials for all possible needs. Fortunately, in the area there are several libraries that are open to the public including Patee/Paterno Libraries of the Pennsylvania State University. Centre County Federation of Public Libraries cooperates with these and other libraries in Pennsylvania and beyond to ensure broad access to materials for all library patrons.

When items are requested that are unavailable locally, the libraries try to borrow the items for the patron from another library through interlibrary loan. The libraries also send materials to other libraries for the use of their patrons. Interlibrary loan service is available to all library users.

In addition, the public libraries in the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries have a special mandate to share freely their collection, including the best sellers that are normally not sent out on interlibrary loan.

Approved by the Centre County Federation Board of Trustees: 12/03/2009

Downloads: 

BookFlix

Dynamic video storybooks paired with nonfiction eBooks.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

With every book that you read together, you are guiding your child along the path to learning - and learning doesn't begin with kindergarten. Reading to your child early and often sparks a sense of curiosity and creativity that will last a lifetime. Our new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is an easy way to give your child the best possible head start. Register your little reader today!

  • Stop by the Children's Desk to register and pick up and informational booklet and your first log sheet.
     
    • Want to get started right away? Give us a call at 814.235.7817 to register, then download the booklet and 1-100 log sheet below.
       
  • Color in a fun picture for each book you read together. No titles or pages required, and your only deadline is your child's first day of kindergarten!
     
  • Return the completed log sheet to the Children's Desk. We'll give you your next sheet, as well as a fun woodland critter to place on our Forest of Fantastic Readers scene.
     
  • Repeat the process until you have reached 1,000 books, and come in to receive your special prize!

Finished your 100 books but can't make it in to the library right away? Download your next log sheet below! (But make sure to stop by the desk with your completed log sheet during your next library visit to pick your prize!)

Downloads: 

Posted 8/28/2014

6:30pm to 8:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff atrefdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
5:30pm to 6:30pm

This seminar covers the basic concepts of Assault Prevention catered to today's modern world.  Taught by Ryan "Guard Dog" Gruhn, Central PA Mixed Martial Arts Head Instructor and active Reality Based MMA fighter, you'll learn what you need to know to stay safe on campus, downtown, while in large groups or one-on-one encounters.  No experience necessary.

  • Where: 1700 South Atherton Street, State College, PA 16803
Sorry, this event is full
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Sculptors, painters, printers, and more! Instructors from the Art Alliance will be on hand to answer your questions about upcoming fall classes during this meet and greet event.

No registration necessary

May 30 2015

10:30am to 11:30am

iCloud Basics

This class is all about how iCloud storage works. Learn how to backup files, share photos, and sync content across Apple devices. Basic knowledge of Mac Computers and Apple devices required.

  • Where: The Musser Room

If the event is full you may call to be added to the wait list.

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
Join us next time on:
Repeats every month on January, February, March, April on the first Saturday 4 times .
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Let's get this party started! Join us for family building activities with blocks.

  • Where: Children's Activity Room

 

Attachments

No registration necessary
7:00pm

An Evening with Jess Walter

This year's Centre County Reads book is Beautiful Ruins. Author Jess Walter will answer interview and audience questions, as well as sign books. Winners of the CALS Beautiful Ruins writing contest will be announced.

  • Where: HUB-Robeson Center, Penn State Campus
No registration necessary
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Concert is free, $5 suggested donation for traveling artists.

Sam Moss

“Eerie and beautiful songwriting, ghostly banjo and guitar, Appalachian roots, and deeply softly enchantingly beautiful vocals.”- Devon Leger, No Depression

Sam Moss is a Boston based songwriter and string player. His work rambles through various offshoots of Americana, from original and interpreted folk songs, to pastoral and occasionally jagged instrumental guitar. In addition to eight solo albums, Moss has released two albums with the old-time group, The Howling Kettles, and compiled Imaginational Anthem Volume Five for Tompkins Square Records.

Kyle Fosburgh

"The sound of Kyle's guitar is clear, crystalline, you can hear the waves of the ocean or the slow flowing of a river in his progressions. With his guitar he evokes nature and its infinite meanings. A quiet sound that lets us meditate in this noisy and frantic world. There's something ancient and meaningful as our memory in his music, and a 'voice' that only his chords can word. He's establishing a new community of artists that has a lot to say, without words and a lot of poetry". — Sudden Art Magazine (Traditional & Original Guitar)

Kyle is a gifted, passionate young musician with a large repertoire of original composition & versatile genre development. He has acquired advanced guitar skill, vocal ability and old-soul persona uncommon for his 24 years. His refined yet seemingly effortless performances delight, inspire and connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. From folk-ballads to gospel tunes to pre-war blues to "guitar-painting", Kyle serves up a tasteful variety of high artistic standard.

Christoph Bruhn

Christoph Bruhn has been quietly creating his own brand of music in the Twin Ports for the past four years. Until only recently, he could have been labeled purely an electric guitarist, but has transitioned to the world of fingerpicking the dreadnought and transitioned well.

His songwriting takes on elements from all over the world with the ragtime feel of “Das Kelylied”, the medieval-Persia flavor of “Arabian Writing on Plaster Walls”, and the structure-defying “Fanfare.”

No registration necessary

To prevent unauthorized use of your card if it is lost or stolen, please call 814.235.7815 immediately.

For a replacement card, bring your photo ID and $1 to the Circulation Desk.

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My Account

Welcome to Schlow Centre Region Library!

An agency of the Centre Region Council of Governments, Schlow is proud to serve the residents of State College Borough and College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton Townships.

  • All Centre County residents can use Schlow, "the Centre of Reading and Learning," with free library cards available from any public library in the County.
  • Browse or check out our 150,000 items, available at either Schlow or online.
  • Our staff serves patrons more than 1,000,000 times a year through visits, checkouts, programs and many other services.​ 
  • Schlow was named after prominent local businessman Charles Schlow, who in 1957 donated space in a West College Ave. house for the original Library.
  • Read Schlow's strategic plan to learn more about the Library's mission, values, and goals.
  • Schlow is pronounced with a hard 'sk' sound and rhymes with glow!

The Schlow Management Team

  • Catherine AllowayLibrary Director
  • DJ Lilly, Office Manager
  • Brady Clemens, District Library Consultant
  • Susanna Paul, Communications Manager
  • Maria BurchillHead of Adult Services
  • Anita DitzHead of Children’s Services
  • Nathaniel Rasmussen, Head of Information Technology Services
  • Lisa Rives Collens​, Head of Patron Services
  • Diane Schmidt, Head of Technical Services

Question or Concern?  Please share it with us.

The Schlow Board of Trustees

Schlow Library is governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the municipal governments in the Centre Region. 

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

The Board of Trustees monthly meeting is typically held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm in Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room. The public is welcome to attend.

Please contact us to confirm a specific meeting date. Notification of changes will be printed in the Centre Daily Times

Current Board of Trustees

  • Marilyn Byers, PresidentHarris Township
  • Ron Filippelli, Vice President - State College Borough
  • Nicole D'Aulerio, TreasurerPatton Township
  • Virginia Squier, Secretary Halfmoon Township
  • Ralph Licastro - State College Borough
  • Cecelia Merkel - Patton Township
  • Lewis Steinberg - Ferguson Township
  • Dave Thiel - Harris Township
  • Maureen Welesko - College Township

You can contact the Schlow board president by clicking here.

 

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Teacher Reference Center (TRC)

Articles on best practices for teachers.

Centre Gives

Help the Friends of Schlow Library reach their goal!

What do you love best about Schlow? Is it the e-books, the summer reading program, special events in our Downsbrough Community Room, the access to technology? There’s so much to love about Schlow, and chances are that whatever you love best, it’s been enhanced by support from the Friends of Schlow Library. Much of that support is due to the Friends’ success in Centre Gives, which this year takes place on May 5th and 6th.

The Friends have helped Schlow weather state budget cuts, cuts that have reduced state funding by 33% since 2007. The Friends help Schlow maintain the excellent level of service our community has come to expect, but they can’t do it without your help.

Please remember the Friends of Schlow Library when making your Centre Gives donations this year. Between 6:00am May 5 and 6:00pm May 6, the organization with the most individual donors will win a $3,000 prize. The Friends have won the award for the most donors three years in a row, and with your help they can claim that prize again this year!

Donating to the Friends of Schlow Library is easy thanks to Centre Gives. Simply visit the Friends donor page at this link, and make your tax-deductible donation. Your support of the Friends of Schlow Library greatly enhances Schlow’s offerings and improves access to our services.

Thank you in advance for supporting Schlow during Centre Gives!

Posted 4/22/2015

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Ancient Flowers: The Search For Earth’s First Flowering Plants

Claude DePamphilis, Professor of Biology at Penn State, shares the mysteries of the origin and diversification of Earth's first flowering plants.

This event is part of the Spring 2014 Research Unplugged series.

  • Where: Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

Join us for a discussion of The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Spanning the globe from Philadelphia to Tahiti, this book tells the story of the exceptional Alma Whittaker, a woman who witness amazing moments in human history, and her family of unforgettable characters.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Legendary Folk Music

Peter Walker

Peter WalkerPeter Walker is an American folk guitarist noted for dextrous instrumental pieces that reference the Indian classical and Spanish flamenco traditions. Recognised principally for his recorded output in the mid-to-late sixties, his rediscovery by the current generation of American and European outsider folk artists has seen his work accorded similar reverence to that of other notable American finger-pickers such as John Fahey, Robbie Basho and Leo Kottke, and granted him a renewed platform for both touring and recording.

Walker was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1937, into a musical family, and began to play the guitar from an early age. He committed himself to touring and public performance from 1959 onwards, becoming a fixture of the Greenwich Village folk scene of the mid-'60s (during which period he became particularly close to Sandy Bull and Karen Dalton). Over the same period, Walker's attendance of a Ravi Shankar performance in San Francisco saw him embrace extended periods of study of Eastern raga under both Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan.

Walker's debut LP Rainy Day Raga was released by Vanguard Records in 1966, followed by the release of Second Poem in 1968. Walker diverted his attention away from public performance and towards family life at the start of the 1970s, but maintained a commitment to study of his instrument, focussing particularly upon Flamenco. In 2007 Walker was coaxed out of this semi-retirement by Joshua Rosenthal of Tompkins Square Records, for whom he recorded four new pieces to be set alongside musical tributes from younger admirers including Jack Rose, James Blackshaw, Steffen Basho-Junghans and Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore on the 2008 collection A Raga for Peter Walker. A full album of new material, Echo of My Soul, was released by Tompkins Square later the same year.

Walker interviewed by Dusted Magazine

 

Alexander Turnquist

Alexander Turnquist"By embedding both new age and noise-oriented electronic themes into his pastoral pieces, Turnquist unites disparate traditions and ideals, essentially employing sonic counterweights to construct 57 minutes that are as surprisingly dynamic as they are perfectly beautiful." Grayson Currin, Pitchfork Media

Alexander Turnquist is a guitarist/composer who uses his 12 string acoustic finger-style approach in creating very dramatic and emotionally engaging music. Turnquist started playing at a young age with an experimental approach from the onset, and has always held to the use of the acoustic guitar as the driving force and foundation in his compositions. In addition to his guitar playing he cleverly writes into his compositions accompaniment in the form of mallet percussion instruments, strings, and piano. Turnquist's first full length "Faint at the Loudest Hour" was released in 2007 on VHF records, his first fully realized album of solo pieces and analogue electronic experimentations. In 2009 he released "As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Color", which was a critical turning point from him just being a capable instrumentalist but a distinctive composer, signaling key changes and melodic developments with subtle accompaniment. Turnquist has toured extensively throughout the United States and in Europe.

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Pairdown

PairdownRaymond Morin and David Leicht are Pairdown, a Pittsburgh-based acoustic guitar duo much respected by their peers but criminally underrepresented in recorded form. Stylistically, Pairdown sidesteps the post-Fahey/American Primitive raga-isms common in fingerstyle guitar these days, instead drawing on sources both within the six-string tradition (Kottke, Grossman, Renbourn, Dave Evans) and well beyond it (Ellington, Satie), folding those influences into a rich set of baroque miniatures and distinctive compositions that stand shoulder-to-shoulder with anyone working in the field today.

"From the studio to the live settings, this is about as intimate as it gets; two friends playing guitar. It’s always the simplest things … but that’s just a front. And once Aesthetic Guitar—their playing—takes hold, a pretty transparent one." - Mr. Atavist

pairdown on bandcamp
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No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Jump into February with fun sports activities with the SPSEA!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Young Humanitarian: The Inspiring Story Behind the Empower Orphans Foundation

Neha Gupta, Penn State Schreyer Honors College Student and Winner of the 2014 International Children’s Peace Prize

What can one young person do to change the world? Join us for a special Research Unplugged as we focus on the remarkable journey of first-year Schreyer Honors College scholar Neha Gupta. Speaking alongside her faculty mentor Associate Dean Nichola Gutgold, Neha will describe how she began her humanitarian work at age 9 and has helped thousands of vulnerable children in India and the United States. In November of 2014, Neha was awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize by former archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, in the presence of his majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room 
 
No registration necessary

August 26 2015

2:00pm

The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Join us for a discussion of The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Franny and Jim Post confront secrets and old wounds as they try to and leave behind their troubles while vacationing in Mallorca. The couple is celebrating their 35th anniversary and their daughter's high school graduation, but will they all get what they were searching for so far from home?

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary

Any resident of Centre, Clearfield, Juniata, or Mifflin Counties who is permanently or temporarily unable to leave his/her home is welcome to use this free and convenient service.

To get started:

  • Complete and submit the online application, or complete the information on the attached form and return it by mail to:

Schlow Library
211 S. Allen St. 
State College, PA 16801

  • Make sure to indicate whether you wish to receive regular print or LARGE PRINT books and/or books on CD.
  • To make your next selections, complete the new materials request form included in each shipment.
  • Return the materials and your request form in the original canvas bag.
  • Use the mailing label on the bag as a postage-paid return label - just flip it over!

Call the Schlow Library Reference Desk at 814.235.7816 or email librarybymail@schlowlibrary.org for further information.

Read anywhere, anytime.

Download from our ever-growing collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks

Getting started is easy!

You can also check out full written and video instructions for a wide variety of devices on the Overdrive Help Page.

Choosing a format and opening your downloads

If you are using a tablet or mobile device, install the OverDrive Media Console app to access your download and choose the Adobe EPUB eBook format.

If you are on a desktop computer, we recommend selecting the Overdrive Read option from the Download format list. For offline reading, install Adobe Digital Editions and choose the Adobe EPUB eBook Format.

If you are using a Nook eReader that is not a tablet, install Adobe Digital Editions on your computer and choose the Adobe EPUB eBook Format.

If you are using a Kindle eReader that is not a tablet, choose the Kindle Book Format.

 

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Little girl writing her own book

Have a budding author in your family?

Teaching a group of students who would be overjoyed to see one of their books on the library shelves?

Centre County children in grades 1 through 6 are invited to enter our Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest! Winners will be chosen from 4 categories, and their books will become a permanent part of the Children’s Department collection.

The entry date has passed for 2015. Start working on your book for next year!

A complete list of rules and tips can be found below. All winners will be notified by letter in April 2015.

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Posted 2/6/2014

10:00am to 4:00pm

Join the 5th Annual BookFestPA!

Celebrate the artistry of books with Pennsylvania authors at this Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts event​.

  • When: 10am to 4pm
  • Where: Schlow Library parking lot

The 2014 Speakers – Nature, Science & Imagination

Join these treasured Pennsylvania writers as they explore nature, science, and the make believe!

Scott Weidensaul – Learn the real scoop on bird migration from renowned naturalist Scott Weidensaul! An active field researcher specializing in birds of prey and hummingbirds, he is a hugely popular speaker who we are thrilled to welcome to BookFest PA.

The author of more than two dozen books, including Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds, Weidensaul’s work has appeared in Audubon, Smithsonian, the New York Times, Nature Conservancy, and National Wildlife

  • When: 2pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

For the kids - and all kids at heart!

Rebecca Hirsch – Award-winning State College author Rebecca Hirsch uses her awesome science background to bring vivid, exciting portraits of nature, geography and the world of innovations to her young readers. She has written more than twenty books for children, including Arctic Tern Migration, a Junior Library Guild Selection.

  • When: 11am
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

Rebecca Thornburgh – At the age of seven Rebecca Thornburgh announced that she was going to be a bookmaker when she grew up. Talk about prophetic - she has gone on to illustrate more than 100 books! Her passion for reading as well as drawing is reflected in two of her favorites, Lewis the Librarian and The Shelf Elf

  • When: 1pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

At the BookFest Tent - Mysteries to Local History

  • Meet more than a dozen authors from throughout Pennsylvania!
  • Discover their inspiring paths to publishing and get signed copies of their books.
  • Win novel prizes, from reading glasses to book bags to a brand new tablet!

Note: The BookFestPA 2014 speakers will be autographing books at the BookFest Tent after their talks.

No registration necessary
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice. . .published and hopeful. All writers are welcome!

NVWN also serves as a connecting point for local critique groups.

Please contact Mark T. Shirey  at mts@uplink.net for more information.

September Meeting: A roundtable discussion led by two self-published authors, Greg Halpin and Lu Kaiser. Bring questions and answers! Other self-published authors are invited to bring a couple copies of your book(s) and share your experiences.

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Join us for a discussion of Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

This story of a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American actress is the 2015 Centre County reads selection. The book features a wide range of interesting characters, including  Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and takes us from the scenic coast of Italy to the excitement of Hollywood.

Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Wednesday 4 times .
9:30am

Sweet stories, songs & action rhymes - a playtime just for baby and grown-up.

  • Ages: Newborns to 18 months
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 1: Wednesdays at 9:30am

  • January 21
  • January 28
  • February 4
  • February 11
Registrations closed
11:00am

presented by the Penn State Thespians

Come and join Ms. Frizzle and the gang on their wacky field trip adventures upon their Magic School Bus!

  • Saturday, April 11 at 11am
  • Saturday, April 11 at 2:30pm
  • Sunday, April 12 at 2:30pm
     
  • ​Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary

July 6 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary

Read anywhere, anytime.

Download from our ever-growing collection of eBooks and eAudiobooksGetting started is easy!

  • Follow the steps outlined in the attached brochure
  • Join us for a Gadget Class
  • Make a One-on-One appointment
  • Contact us at 814.235.7816 or refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

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USER BEHAVIOR POLICY

Approved March 8, 2013 by the Schlow Board of Trustees

Users may not engage in any act which is illegal or disrupts or prevents the normal or intended use of the Library by any other users or staff. Doing so may result in loss of Library privileges and/or legal actions.

The following are specifically prohibited:

  • Leaving children unsupervised or uncontrolled
  • No food or open drinks except in designated areas
  • Bare feet or lack of upper-body covering
  • Stealing, damaging, altering or attempting to alter, any property belonging to the Library or Library patrons
  • Viewing, in plain sight, materials which are inappropriate for the surroundings, including potential passersby
  • Excessive noise, including loud talking, loud audio equipment and use of profanity
  • Use of controlled substances, tobacco products or alcoholic beverages
  • Animals, except assistance dogs or animals which are part of a Library sponsored activity
  • Unattended bags or belongings; the Library is not responsible for stolen or lost property
  • Obstructing passageways;  blocking access to any part of the Library
  • Threats, harassment, or intimidation of another person, including following a person, staring, threatening, taunting or inflicting physical or verbal abuse
  • Poor personal hygiene that is offensive or constitutes a nuisance to others
  • Soliciting or panhandling
  • Washing clothes or bathing on Library property
  • Sleeping
  • Bicycles, scooters, skates, skateboards or shopping carts inside the Library
  • Utilizing Library facilities for non-approved Library purposes

These rules shall be applied in a neutral and nondiscriminatory manner to protect the property, users and staff of Schlow Centre Region Library. Offenders may be asked to leave the Library, have Library privileges suspended, or be subject to police or legal action and eviction.

Schlow Centre Region Library is a limited public forum. Appeals may be submitted to the Library Board within 15 days of an incident.                                                                                            

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Autumn Calendar

Looking for something special to do this weekend?

Download our Autumn calendar for exciting details about upcoming events for adults and teens!

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Posted 9/3/2014

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us for a discussion of the 2014 Centre County Reads book, the adventurous and funny Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.  

See author Mary Roach speak at Penn State's HUB on April 15 at 7 p.m!

 

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

May 3rd is Free Comic Book Day! Come to this free all-ages workshop to learn how to make your own! Want to participate in Free Comic Book Day in other ways? Visit the official website to find out more.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room


 

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No registration necessary
2:00pm

The Knights of Columbus are hosting their 24th Annual 5K! 

  • The race begins at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 850 Stafford Drive, State College.
  • Registration is $18 if postmarked by September 20 and $20 after that date.
  • You may also register on race day.
  • Free children's races will take place at 2:45pm
  • Detailed race information available here.

Register online now! Or, download a paper application (attached below) and mail to:

Jaimie Wright 
228 Homan Avenue
State College, PA, 16801

Proceeds benefit the Children's Department of Schlow Library. 

 

 

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10:30am to 11:30am

Adult Events Cancelled Thru March 8

Are you worried about the security of your online life? Join us to learn tips and tricks to keep your information secure. Build better passwords, learn to spot spam, and find trustworthy places to learn more.

  • Where: The Musser Room

If the event is full you may call to be added to the wait list.

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
9:00am

Stop into the Library or call 814.235.7817 to reserve your spot in our next session of Toddler Learning Centre!

Please choose to register for Tales for Twos OR Toddler Learning Centre, rather than both. This way, as many families as possible can enjoy a program at the library!

Find specific dates and times here.

Registrations closed
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Graphic Novels

Comic fanatic? Want to see your creation go from concept to publication? Join us for this continuing series for ages 12 to 18.  We’ll work with teachers and artists to learn the process and read some great graphic novels too.

You'll read excellent books and help create something new that will be published online!

February's book selection is Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 1 by James Patterson.

  • Where: Musser Room
  • When: February 7, 1pm-4pm

Books and snacks are provided.

Please call 814.237.6236 to register.

May 2 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for open gaming at Schlow! We provide a range of tabletop games and you provide the players. We are teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA to bring you a bigger and better gaming event! Members of this group have been meeting here on Saturdays and are excited to see new people and share the games they bring from their own collections.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: One Saturday a month, dates available on our web and printed calendars

Available games include:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chess
Checkers
Compounded
Dixit
Dominion
For the Crown
Forbidden Island
The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin
Oz Fluxx
Pandemic
Revolution!
Scrabble
Shadow Hunters
Standard Playing Cards
Ticket to Ride
Ultimate Werewolf

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary

Book Return Slots at Schlow:

  • In the brick wall along the ramp coming from the parking lot
  • In the wall to the far right end of the entrance vestibule
  • In the Circulation Desk 

Drive-up Return at Schlow:

Drop library materials off from your car at the large stainless steel Book Return box behind Schlow, accessible via Highland Alley (past Mad Mex) from Pugh St. or via A Alley from Foster Ave.
 

Remote Book Returns:

Find information about our five convenient off-site return boxes here - Remote Book Drops.

Note:  Return all Discovery Space Passes and items that do not fit in the Return Slots, such as puzzles and book group kits, to staff at the Circulation Desk.

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Volunteer to help with the summer reading program in the Children's Department!

Volunteer Duties: 

  • Award tickets to kids as they check in for summer reading (requires working with a computer and the summer reading software). The majority of our volunteers will do this! 
     
  • Help supervise Discovery Day activities on Tuesdays from 11am-2pm by keeping the area clean and helping kids with their projects as needed. 

Volunteers must be 13 years of age or older. 

If interested, please download the Summer Volunteer Application and return it to the Children's Department. 

For more information, please download the "Info for Teen Volunteers" document, which contains details about scheduling and so forth. Please contact the Children's Department at 814.235.7817 or children@schlowlibrary.org if you have further questions. 

 

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Posted 4/24/2015

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Once Upon a Line: A Poetry Reading and Discussion

Celebrate National Poetry Month! Read and discuss poetry with Erin Murphy, Associate Professor of English Penn State Altoona.

This is the final event in the Spring 2014 Research Unplugged series.

  • Where: Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
10:30am to 11:30am

Gadgets for Fitness

Our popular Gadgets for Grownup series often focuses on stationary activities like reading, but we know how important it is to get moving too! Join Cathi for this class on using your gadgets for your health - from apps that track your workouts to the wearable Fitbit.

  • Musser Room
Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
7:30pm

Interview, Reception, and Book Signing with Penn State Reads Author at Days Inn

The public is invited to "Meet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah" in an interview by Ellysa Cahoy. Americanah won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was named one of The New York Times “Ten Books of the Year.” Adichie's 2009 TED talk, "The Danger of a Single Story," has garnered more than 7 million views. Watch it here.

A reception and a book signing will follow.

  • Where: Days Inn Penn State, 240 S. Pugh Street

This author visit is sponsored by Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH), the Penn State Reads Program, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, and the University Libraries; the Pennsylvania Humanities Council; and Schlow Centre Region Library.

No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Make the perfect gift for your valentine with NSSLHA! Create "Bee Mine" valentines, butterflies, and an adorable caterpillar bookmark.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Exoplanets: The Search for Habitable Worlds

Eric Ford, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Are there habitable planets beyond our solar system? Join “planet hunter” Eric Ford, deputy director of Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, to explore the potential for life on planets beyond Earth from an astronomical perspective.  Discover what makes a habitable zone, learn about some of the bizarre worlds scientists have discovered among the over one thousand recent exoplanet discoveries, and consider the implications for the origins of our own solar system. Bring your questions for an out-of-this-world conversation!  

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room 
 
 
No registration necessary

July 22 2015

2:00pm

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant

Join us for a discussion of Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Using full-color cartoons, family photos, and documents Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Though the focus is on their familial idiosyncrasies, the feelings her stories engender are universal.

 We've chosen this book because this year's BookFest PA focuses on comic books and graphic novels and this is a unique addition to the genre that will contribute to our ongoing library-wide discussions of the ways we tell our stories.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
Family using a tablet

Looking for something new to read? Planning a lesson that needs pizzazz? Try BookFlix! Find video storybooks paired with nonfiction eBooks on the same subject, delve into great parent/teacher resources, or explore high quality games and activities.

Summer reading is for everyone! Celebrate reading and register starting June 1 to win some great prizes donated by generous local businesses.

Here's how:

  • REGISTER at schlowlibrary.org and stop by the Reference Desk for a registration prize while supplies last.
  • READ in the format of your choice, then log books online to be included in weekly drawings. Each book you log during the week is worth 1 entry in that week's drawing. Prizes are donated by Webster’s, Fullington Trailways, Harrison’s, State College Spikes and more!
  • PLAY BINGO by exploring all the literary elements! Log 5 or more books over the summer to be eligible for two grand prize drawings in August. For an extra challenge try to pick those 5 books by getting BINGO on your card. Remember that every book you read over 5 is another entry in the drawing! Grand prizes- a Kindle Paper White and an iPad Mini!
  • CONNECT with Schlow throughout the summer with brain games, puzzles, and  activities at the Library.

Adults register here     Log your reading!

Autumn B.

Does your child have a favorite collection that would be fun to share with others?

Our display case showcases prized possessions, with visitors of all ages enjoying each collection. Your child’s could be next!

Complete the attached application and return it to the Children’s Department. Collections are chosen by committee, we’ll be in touch if your child’s is chosen, and all decisions are final. Items will be displayed for at least 2 weeks -- under lock and key, of course!

Note:  Due to limited space, not every collection can be displayed.

 

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Posted 2/6/2014

Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Thursday 52 times except Thu May 15 2014, Thu Nov 27 2014, Thu Dec 25 2014, Thu Jan 01 2015.
3:30pm to 5:00pm

For comic artists & fans! Come join the Comics Club.

  • When: Thursdays, 3:30-5pm
  • Where: Musser Room
  • Ages: Grades 9-12
211 South Allen Street
Musser Room
State, PA 16801
No registration necessary
7:00pm to 8:30pm

The Nittany Valley Writers’ Network is a sharing, supportive, inspiring community linking local writers of all genres and levels of experience: expert and novice. . .published and hopeful. All writers are welcome!

NVWN also serves as a connecting point for local critique groups.

Please contact Mark T. Shirey  at mts@uplink.net for more information.

November Meeting: Join author Hilary Hauck for a hands-on writing workshop to enhance your creativity and skills.  Come prepared to talk briefly about your current writing adventures and to meet other writers!

  • Where: Schlow Library's Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm

Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page

Join us for a discussion of Small Plates by Katherine Hall Page.

Agatha Award winner Katherine Hall Page's book of short stories features her popular heroine Faith Fairchild. Each mini mystery has something to do with food.

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Monday 4 times .
10:30am

Singing, dancing, fingerplays, and stories - a fun time for you and your toddler. 

  • Ages: 18 to 36 months
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

Session 1: Mondays at 9:30am

  • January 19
  • January 26
  • February 2
  • February 9
Sorry, this event is full
Join us next time on:
Repeats every day until Sun Apr 12 2015 .
2:30pm

presented by the Penn State Thespians

Come and join Ms. Frizzle and the gang on their wacky field trip adventures upon their Magic School Bus!

  • Saturday, April 11 at 11am
  • Saturday, April 11 at 2:30pm
  • Sunday, April 12 at 2:30pm
     
  • ​Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary

July 20 2015

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Like to knit?  Join the Schlow Knitting Club to spend time with others who enjoy this creative past time. Knitters of all skill level welcome!

  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

No registration necessary

All Pennsylvania residents, permanent and temporary, are eligible. 

  • Print a Library Card application from the attached file or pick one up at the Circulation Desk in Schlow’s main lobby.
  • Bring in a Photo ID such as driver’s license, passport or student ID. Note: the Photo ID does not have to be issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Apply in person at the Circulation Desk with your completed application and Photo ID.
  • Children under the age of 12 may get a library card when accompanied by a parent/guardian who signs the application and presents a photo ID.
  • Children age 12 and over who do not have their own Photo IDs may get a library card if accompanied by a parent/guardian who presents ID.

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Please take note of Schlow Library's new hours, effective January 2, 2015:

  • Monday-Wednesday        9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday                        Noon - 8:00pm
  • Friday                             9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday                         9:00am - 5:00pm
  • ​Sunday (Sept-May)          1:00pm - 5:00pm

Posted 11/26/2014

2:30pm to 4:30pm
Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make some new friends. Everyone is welcome to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome! The group will meet the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Sun Room.
2:30pm

Colorful lights that explode in the sky, loud noises that echo in your ears…but where do they come from? Uncover the mystery of fireworks!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Special drawing for exclusive VIP seating tickets to 4th Fest!! 
No registration necessary
12:00pm to 4:00pm

Graphic Novels

Comic fanatic? Want to see your creation go from concept to publication? Join us for a new series for ages 12 to 18.  We’ll work with teachers and artists to learn the process and read some great graphic novels too.

You'll read two excellent books and help create something new that will be published online!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: October 18 & 25, 12pm-4pm

We strongly recommend attending both sessions.

Books and lunch are provided.

Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
10:30am to 11:30am

eBook Basics

Schlow has great digital books that you can use for free on eReaders, tablets, smart phones, and computers. Join us to learn how to use eBooks and eAudiobooks on all of your devices, including Kindles.

  • Where: The Musser Room

If the event is full you may call to be added to the wait list.

Please call 814.235.7816 to register.
10:00am to 11:00am

Family Music Time

A program of music learning with singing, moving, and playing simple instruments such as rhythm sticks, bells, drums, and sound bars, will be presented by certified Kindermusik teacher Katie Jones.

  • Registration required
  • Recommended for infants to age 4
  • Limit: 12 children per session
  • Choose to attend the 10am OR the 11am session.
     
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
Sorry, this event is full
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Celebrate Spring! Make your own bunny ear headband, decorate beautiful butterflies, and create a paper plate umbrella with the Penn State Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society.

No registration necessary

June 13 2015

10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us for open gaming at Schlow! We provide a range of tabletop games and you provide the players. We are teaming up with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA to bring you a bigger and better gaming event! Members of this group have been meeting here on Saturdays and are excited to see new people and share the games they bring from their own collections.

Everyone is welcome!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • When: One Saturday a month, dates available on our web and printed calendars

Available games include:

Bohnanza
Carcassonne
Chess
Checkers
Compounded
Dixit
Dominion
For the Crown
Forbidden Island
The Good, The Bad, and the Munchkin
Oz Fluxx
Pandemic
Revolution!
Scrabble
Shadow Hunters
Standard Playing Cards
Ticket to Ride
Ultimate Werewolf

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary

Centre County is full of wonderful artists - we are proud to show off their work in our beautiful Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery!

The Gallery Committee solicits submissions from artists, reviews their applications, and oversees operations. Art is interpreted broadly to include paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc. The Committee meets periodically throughout the year to select exhibitors.

To apply, download the attached application or pick one up at the Circulation Desk.

Files: 

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2015

  • Thursday, January 1
  • Sunday, April 5
  • Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25
  • Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4
  • Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7
  • Closing at 6pm: Wednesday, November 25
  • Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27
  • Closing at 6pm: Wednesday, December 23
  • Thursday, December 24 through Sunday, December 27
  • Closing at 6pm: Monday, December 28 through Thursday, December 31

2016

  • Friday, January 1
  • More to come

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7:00pm

A Centre County Reads 2014 Event

Don't miss award-winning science writer Mary Roach, author of Packing for Mars! Hear her intriguing, hilarious tales of investigating life in space. Book signing to follow.

"America's funniest science writer." -- Washington Post

  • Where: PSU's HUB-Robeson Auditorium
  • Visitor Parking: HUB Parking Deck (next to the HUB on Shortlidge Road)
No registration necessary
10:30am to 12:30pm

Mac Computer Basics

Did you just switch from a PC to a Mac? Do you feel like you still just don't understand how Macs work? Alan will show you the basics you need to get the most out of these machines. Our new collection of Macbook Airs will be used for the class.

  • Where: Musser Room
Sorry, this event is full
9:00am to 5:00pm

Stop by the Children's Department to participate in the amazing world of UMIGO! See who can stack the most UMIs and go home with a fantastic bag of prizes! 

UMIGO is an online world of adventure that helps early elementary-age children learn math and develop the skills they need for effective reasoning and problem solving through stories, music, and games. Learn about measurement in the first appisode, "Nobody Rides the Soakster." 

No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Calling all stitchers! Bring your projects, share your skills, get some tips and make new friends. Everyone is invited to Schlow's Drop-In Embroidery Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.235.7816.

 

No registration necessary
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Repeats every day until Sun Feb 15 2015 .
2:30pm

Join the Penn State Thespians as they sing love songs from popular Disney movies. Don't forget to come dressed as your favorite Disney character!

  • Sunday, February 15 at 2:30pm
     
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 1:30pm

Love, American Style: The Evolution of Courtship and Dating

Beth Montemurro, Sociology

How did our wedding traditions evolve, and are they enduring or changing in the 21st century?  Join Beth Montemurro, Associate Professor of Sociology at Penn State Abington, for a lively conversation about the meaning behind the rituals of dating, sex, engagements and weddings.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room 

 

 
 
No registration necessary

May 2 2015

2:00pm

Experience the traditional Turkish art of paper marbling called “Ebru.” Watch a demonstration and then try it out!

  • Registration required. Stop by or call the Children's Desk at 814.235.7817.
  • Ages 4 and up.
  • Please bring an apron or old shirt to wear to protect clothing.
     
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Please call 814.235.7817 to register.
Art Gallery

Centre County is full of wonderful artists and we are proud to to exhibit their work in our Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery!

The Gallery Committee solicits submissions from artists, reviews their applications, and oversees operations. Art is interpreted broadly to include paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc. The Committee meets periodically throughout the year to select exhibitors.

To apply, download the attached application or pick one up at the Circulation Desk.

Downloads: 

Summer reading is for everyone! You may have graduated from the children's program you loved, but don't worry -- there is still a program for you! Registration starts June 1.

  • REGISTER at schlowlibrary.org and stop by the Reference Desk for a registration prize while supplies last.
  • READ at least 20 minutes a day. Log your time at least once a week to be included in weekly drawings. Each additional day logged is worth an additional entry. To be entered into the grand prize drawing in August read a minimum of five hours. Grand prizes- a Nexus 7 and a $100 Amazon gift card.
  • CONNECT with Schlow throughout the summer with brain games, puzzles, and  activities at the Library.  

Teens Register Here     Teens Log Your Reading

Want an extra challenge? Spark a new reaction in your brain by reading something new. Try to get reading BINGO. The card is available for download here and at the Reference Desk.

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At the library

  • Homeschool Display
    • Group study unit resources
    • Subject of the month materials
    • Resource binders
      • Homeschool Resources
      • Local Resources
      • Monthly Activities

Online

  • Monthly newsletter
  • Subject of the month resource list

Are you a homeschool parent in need of materials and activities that will spark your young learners' minds?

We're here to help!

We offer a variety of permanent and rotating materials - from the educational to the recreational - that will keep your children engaged year-round.

Stop by the department to peruse our Homeschool Display, or check out our online materials below!

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Posted 2/6/2014