Schlow Centre Region Library has always planned a great summer of events for all ages — and this year is no different, even if the location is different.
Because of the coronavirus and Schlow’s commitment to the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers, the library’s summer plans have moved online. This “virtual” summer will still be one filled with fun, entertainment, and learning.
Schlow’s Summer Reading Programs — from babies to adults — run through August 19, and participants can go on quests and have chances to win prizes. Register and log your reading at http://reading.schlowlibrary.org.
The Children’s Department will have weekly pop-up challenges starting June 15. Each week, kids discover a new challenge, and if they complete it they will receive the secret code to earn extra tickets for prizes. The department also has virtual desk hours from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. It’s a chance to chat with a member of the Children’s Department and ask about Summer Reading or book recommendations for kids. The hours take place at http://schlow.zoom.us/my/childrensdesk.
The Adult Services Department will host Wednesday book chats for teens who register, from 4 to 4:30 p.m., starting June 10. The chats are hosted by librarians from the State College Area School District Middle Schools as well as from Schlow. The Adult Services Department also will begin offering recommendation services via phone or email. Staff will reserve materials for pickup based on a patron’s interest.
As for special events, here are just some of the highlights for this summer.
- June 6, 11 a.m.: Reptile Show. Jesse Rothacker and his reptiles from the Forgotten Friends Reptile Sanctuary present a special show live from Lancaster County https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-reptile-show.
- June 17 and 18, 2:30 p.m.: Adam Swartz Puppets. On June 17, Adam Swartz Puppets presents the show Billy and the Story Machine (Recommended for ages 3-8) https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-adam-swartz-puppet-show. On June 18, Swartz holds a puppetry workshop where participants can learn about the world of puppets (Recommended for kids entering grades 2-5) https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-adam-swartz-puppetry-workshop.
- June 24, 2:30 p.m.: Bright Star Touring Theatre presents Aesop’s Fables. These classic tales entertain but also share a message about treating others fairly and knowing right from wrong https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-bright-star-touring-theatre-show.
- June 25, 2:30 p.m.: Irish Dance Class with Tir na Nog Irish Dance. The local dance company performs and teaches some basic Irish dance steps (Recommended for ages 5 and up) https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-irish-dance-class.
- July 1, 2:30 p.m.: Ask a Scientist. Learn about what it’s like to be a scientist with graduate students Makaylee Crone and Sarah Kania (Recommended for ages 8 and up) https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-ask-scientist.
- July 8, 2:30 p.m.: BookFest Kids’ Art Party. Watch a premiere of Schlow’s slideshow featuring all of the #ChalkYourWalk Weekly Pop-Up Challenge submissions https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-bookfest-kids-art-party.
- July 14, 21, and 28, 3:30 p.m.: Let’s Read Math! Math is a universal language that helps us in many ways every day. This three-part series includes activities with polygons and shapes, measuring, and “Shapes in Nature.” (Grades 1-5.) https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-lets-read-math-1
- July 16, 2:30 p.m.: Cartooning Class. Explore the world of cartooning with local art teacher Nicole Packard (Grades 1-5). https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-cartooning-class
- July 22, 2:30 p.m.: Make Your Own Fairy Garden. Using supplies from around the house, kids can learn how to make their own fairy garden (Recommended for ages 3 and up). https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-make-your-own-fairy-garden
- July 29, 2:30 p.m.: Uncovering the Past. Join Schlow as it takes an active role in deciphering our country’s history. Learn how to transcribe historical documents for the Library of Congress to support the By the People project (Grades 4-6). https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-uncovering-past
For teens and adults:
- June 10, 10:30 a.m.: “Podcasts 101: Exploring the World Through Audio.” Schlow’s David Pencek and Penn State’s Jenna Spinelle lead this talk about the world of podcasting. https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-podcasts-101-exploring-world-through-audio
- June 17, 6:30 p.m.: Biking in the Centre Region 101. Learn about the Centre Region’s bike paths, state and local laws, and other biking tips. https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-biking-centre-region-101-0
- July 8-10: BookFest PA. The popular annual event is online this year and features local authors and artists as well as bestselling writers Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella. https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-bookfestpa-2020
- July 23, 10:30 a.m.: “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.” The Alzheimer’s Association’s program covers the basics of Alzheimer’s and dementia and will help provide a general overview for people who are facing a diagnosis as well as those who wish to be informed. https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-understanding-alzheimer%E2%80%99s-and-dementia
- July 30, 7 p.m.: “Beyond Stereotypes: War, Warriors, and Culture.” Former Marine Corps combat artist Michael D. Fay discusses the role and influence of wartime experience on culture and the arts since World War I. https://www.schlowlibrary.org/events/virtual-beyond-stereotypes-war-warriors-and-culture
- In addition, the Children’s Department will have Everybody Storytime each Wednesday at 10 a.m., and Adult Services will hold monthly book discussion groups. Registration is required for most events.