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On May 4, Schlow began the next phase in its COVID-19 service plan, which includes a step-by-step re-opening of the building that keeps safety our top priority.

We continue to work closely with public health and government officials to monitor COVID-19 community indicators and make informed decisions. Schlow also recently completed a patron survey to assess the community’s comfort level with returning to in-person services.

Based on these metrics, we began a phased re-opening of our building with lobby reserve pick-ups. Following a successful phase-one launch, we will move to phase two to include in-person browsing, provided it is safe to do so. 

Lobby Service Hours beginning May 4

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday 1pm - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm

What you can expect with Phase One Lobby Pick-Up

  • Safety First: Masking, social distancing, and COVID-19 protocols will continue.
  • Expanded Hours: More times will be available to pick up your reserves. Remember to choose your items online first. We’ll notify you, as usual, by email or text when ready. 
  • Capacity: For the safety of patrons and staff, a limited number of patrons will be allowed in the lobby at one time. Please maintain social distancing until it is your turn to enter.
  • Self-Check Outs Available: Staff will be on hand to assist with check outs or account questions. No fines or fees will be collected.

 

Other Need-to-Know Info

  • Doorside pick-up, including text message check-ins, will be discontinued.
  • Scheduled pick-ups remain the same.
  • Schlow book returns remain available to return materials at your convenience.
  • In-person browsing is coming soon! Keep an eye out on our social media and the website for details.

 

Please be assured that we’re as eager as you are to get back to the Schlow you know. Thank you for your patience, input, trust, and support as we navigate this next chapter together!

 

Posted 4/20/2021

12:00am to 11:45pm
No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: Join author/illustrator Lindsay Barrett George in a Basic Shapes Blitz and storybox your own narrative.

Storyboxing is a fun way to learn about sequential drawing, sequential thinking, and visual storytelling. A workshop for all, from the youngest storyteller to families that love creating stories together. Come, draw, and share. Stories connect us all!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm to 2:00pm

A Maker Week Event

Enjoy open crafts for adults and teens in the Schlow Studio with like-minded makers! Try the 3D Doodler, participate in a giant coloring sheet, build a paper craft, or anything else you can imagine.

  • Where: Schlow Sun Room

 

No registration necessary
6:30pm

Kids: Wear your jammies for a storytime, accompanied by live music.

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

Today's movie at The State Theatre: Silence of the Lambs

A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.

  • R, 1991, 118 minutes
  • Cost: $5
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page!

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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Make caterpillar hats, coffee filter butterflies, and more with Penn State’s SPSEA!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate Valentine's Day with the students from PSU's NSSLHA!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:15pm

Kids: How can a meteorologist use tools to make observations and predict tomorrow’s weather?

Find out during 75 minutes of hands-on STEM learning with a meteorologist! This STEM Pillars program will focus on weather forecasting and is for parents and children ages 6-10 working together.

  • This is a Penn State research project, so researchers will be present with video recorders.
  • Limit: 8 families. 
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

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11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Let's go fly a kite - make your own out of a simple paper bag!

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

For ages 5-12, who read at least 3,500 pages! Woo hoo!

  • For more information about the Super Reader parties, check out page 4 of our summer calendar! 
  • Please make sure to turn in your permission slip by Monday, August 6.
  • Where: Northland Bowl, 1521 Martin St., State College
Please call 814.237.6236 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. 

  • Ages: Newborn to 5 years
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
  • No registration necessary, but children will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis.

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
1:00pm

Kids: Join us for a family-friendly concert with Mr. Music and his guitar!

  • When:  11am and 1pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • First Night button NOT required.

Join us for one of Mr. Music's fabulous shows, and for drop-in activities in the Children's Department all day!

A little about Mr. Music (also known as Lenny Tepsich):

Guitar in one hand and his audience in the other, Lenny Tepsich greets children and they light up with anticipation.  When he leaves, they never forget having met Mr. Music.   He motivates kids with simple songs sung by children for generations as well as original tunes he writes just for them.  In 1988, his daughter’s kindergarten class nicknamed him Mr. Music (they couldn’t say Mr. Tepsich) and it stuck!

For over 30 years he’s been a featured performer at Hershey Park. He has performed at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, and festivals, schools, and libraries throughout the United States.

When Lenny is not performing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He looks forward to singing for the “next generation” and continuing his unending devotion to his love of music and children.

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Repeats every month on February, March, April on the first Saturday 4 times.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Let’s party! Join us for family block building activities.

  • Recommended for ages 2-5.
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times.
9:30am

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

  • Recommended for newborn to 14 months
  • Limit: 15 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Opportunities for kids (and adults) to learn more about brains! Activities include fun facts, games, crafting, and more!

  • Recommended for ages 9-14
  • Where: Children's Department
  • Activities provided by the Social, Life, Engineering Sciences Imaging Center at Penn State
No registration necessary
10:00am

This class will feature a video story read by an astronaut on the International Space Station!

Then, we'll have our own fun storytime based on their choice. 

  • Recommended for ages 3-6.
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
  • Registration required.
  • Limit: 15

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11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: The first day of school is right around the corner. Create a school bus and decide - will you let the pigeon drive the bus?

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

A new look at marketing, presented by Central PA Score

Join us as highly experienced SCORE Mentor and business school teacher, Bob Griffin, presents a new way to look at the science and magic of marketing. This workshop, A New Look At Marketing, will cover brand & trademark development, using a website & controlling SEO, online company listings (other than your website), how to use email marketing, and much, much more.

Reassess or refresh your current marketing strategy.

Register online. ($5 donation suggested a the door. All proceeds go to Schlow)

  • Class size limit: 25
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

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2:00pm

Kids: Did you know that a Little Brown Bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in one night?

Learn about echolocation and how bats help us maintain a healthy environment with this interactive program. Children will create bat t-shirts. 

  • Heavy cotton shirts may be purchased for $4, or you may bring your own!
  • Recommended for kids in grades K-5
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
9:00am to 5:30pm

Kids: Stop by for fun drop-in make & take activities!

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

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

  • Recommended for 24 to 36 months.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
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3:30pm to 5:00pm

American Dreams: Romance & Reality

In Alice McDermott’s National Book Award-winning novel Charming Billy (1998), second-generation Irish American cousins living in Queens, NY inherit the dreams—and the American dream—of their immigrant parents. At a wake held in the 1990s for the title character Billy Lynch, a tight-knit community of mourners meditates on the romantic underpinnings of, and the darker lived realities often belying, hopes and dreams passed on from one generation to the next. In this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists will use McDermott’s novel as a touchstone for a broader discussion about how, why, and to what end immigrant dreams are passed on, taken up, and transposed across generations in American literature and history.  

Featured Panelists: 

Mary Paniccia Carden-- Professor of English and Chairperson of the Department of English and Philosophy at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in American literature.   Her research has focused on literary responses to American narratives of freedom, progress, and self-determination in texts by authors such as Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Sandra Cisernos, John Edgar Wideman, and Alice McDermott.  

Jennifer Van Hook--Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University, and non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute.  Her research focuses on the socioeconomic integration of immigrants and their children.  One strand of her work uses demographic methods to estimate the size, characteristics, and dynamics of the unauthorized foreign-born population. Another strand of her work focuses on how health, education, and well-being change across generations for immigrants and their families. 

Andrew Sandoval-Strausz -- Associate Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University and a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar and a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians. His current research analyzes people’s homes, neighborhoods, places of work and play, and use of public space in order to see how human beings reveal themselves most through their built environment. 

Following the panelists’ opening statements there will be ample time for questions and answer with the audience.

  •  Light refreshments will be served. 

 

 

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

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Join us for a discussion of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."

In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked and the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.

The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at The Nickel Academy.

Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children.

  • Who: +18 years old
  • Where: Schlow's Virtual Community Room

Register online​ and​ attendees​ ​will receive an email including the Zoom room link the day before the meeting. For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

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2:30pm

Kids: Make your very own fairy garden at home using supplies from around your house!

Join us to see examples of various fairy gardens and share some ideas of your own!

List of supplies: (Anything you can find around the house - but make sure you ask permission before you use it! Go for a walk and collect supplies!)

  • sticks
  • twigs
  • bark
  • grass
  • moss
  • leaves
  • flowers
  • rocks
  • pebbles
  • shells
  • feathers
  • egg shells
  • acorns
  • seed pods
  • pine cones
  • string
  • craft/popsicle sticks
  • recyclables such as altoids/metal containers, bottle caps, fabric scraps, buttons
  • container or plant pot (if choosing to not directly place on the ground)
     
  • Recommended for ages 3 and up.
  • Registration required. 
6:00pm to 7:00pm

A Nonfiction Book Club

Join us for a discussion of Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks with the author.  

A powerful investigative look at data-based discrimination—and how technology affects civil and human rights and economic equity

In Automating Inequality, Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. The book is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories, from a woman in Indiana whose benefits are literally cut off as she lays dying to a family in Pennsylvania in daily fear of losing their daughter because they fit a certain statistical profile.

The U.S. has always used its most cutting-edge science and technology to contain, investigate, discipline, and punish the destitute. Like the county poorhouse and scientific charity before them, digital tracking and automated decision-making hide poverty from the middle-class public and give the nation the ethical distance it needs to make inhumane choices: which families get food and which starve, who has housing and who remains homeless, and which families are broken up by the state. In the process, they weaken democracy and betray our most cherished national values.

This deeply researched and passionate book could not be more timely.

 

 

Special thanks to The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State University.  

 

 

 

 


 

2:30pm

Camilla likes lima beans, but is afraid to eat them because of what her friends will say.

The next day, she wakes up with a bad case of stripes! What will happen to Camilla? Join the PSU Thespians to find out!

After the show, stick around to meet the actors! Participants will have a chance to talk to the actors and ask them questions. If your child has a question, please send it to children@schlowlibrary.org and include your child's first name and age.

  • Recommended for ages 3 and up
  • Registration required

 

 

 

 


 

10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

5:00pm to 6:00pm

The Schlow Centre Region Library Board of Trustees' will hold a virtual meeting to discuss a personnel matter in Executive Session on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 starting at 5pm. Public input and attendance prior to and following the Executive Session portion of the meeting is welcomed by contacting Office Manager DJ Lilly via email at djlilly@schlowlibrary.org or via phone at (814) 237.6236 *210 by Monday, February 15. A recording of the meeting will be shared below.

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June 23 2021

2:30pm

Meet PSU graduate students from the chemistry department for a chat about chemistry.

They’ll talk about how they got where they are and show you a fun at-home science demo that you can do with your family! Materials list coming soon!

  • Recommended for grades 1-5.
  • Registration required.
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 


 

August 19 2021

5:30pm to 7:30pm

A Central PA SCORE Seminar with Bob Griffin

There are two major methods for creating a business plan.  One method is compiling the traditional written document that many consider a typical business plan.  The second method is to employ the modern method of the “Lean Canvas”.  Many entrepreneurs today are excited about working with the “Lean Canvas” method of planning.

The Lean Canvas is an adaptation of a tool called the Business Model Canvas developed by Alexander Osterwalder.  A variant of the Business Canvas, the Lean Canvas proposed by Ash Maurya, envisions an actionable and entrepreneur-focused business plan that is limited to the essentials. The Lean Canvas focuses on problems, solutions, key metrics, costs and revenues

This class will show you the steps of the Lean Canvas and lead you in a discussion of the process.  You will have the opportunity to create your own Lean Canvas.

Presented by SCORE Mentor and Business School teacher, Bob Griffin.

Register through SCORE's online​ portal and​ attendees​ ​will receive an email including the Zoom room link. For more information, contact the reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

  • Where: SCORE's Zoom Room
No registration necessary

While our physical spaces are unavailable until further notice due to the COVID-19 Crisis, we invite you to reserve one of our virtual community rooms today!

Reserve a Virtual Room

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

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Please fill out the Event Space Inquiry form and we will follow up with you within 3 business days to discuss your inquiry and what comes next.

If you are looking for a spot to tutor someone or meet a couple of people to study, please inquire at the Reference Desk. There are often tables available (first-come first-served) on the 2nd floor.

Event Space Inquiry Form

If you have questions at any time you can e-mail rooms@schlowlibrary.org or call 814-237-6236 (press *210).

 

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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

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Some Rules of Thumb from School Library Journal
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  • Check About and About me pages 
  • Interrogate urls
  • Suspect the sensational
  • Go back to the source
  • Go back to the story again (and again)
  • Think outside the reliability box
  • Triangulate
  • What exactly are you reading?
  • Check your own search attitude and biases
  • Use a little energy
  • Stop before you forward (or use)
  • Be suspicious of pictures 

A Guide to Evaluating News and Information

As information professionals, librarians are especially interested in how our society consumes news and information. Librarians around the country are putting together resources to help patrons and citizens figure out how to make important evaluations about news, information, and media.

Download the PDF from The University of Illinois for some evaluation guides. See below for a list of websites that you might find useful.  Confused by a story? Unsure if you can trust it?  We're here to help. 

Most importantly don’t forget to read freely and critically. Schlow offers a variety of print and online resources

 

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Posted 2/23/2017

Patrons can check out family pass for military museum

Thanks to a partnership with the Pennsylvania Military Museum in Boalsburg, Schlow Centre Region Library has a family pass that can be checked out and borrowed with a library card and is good for free admission into the museum (excluding special events and programs).

History comes alive at the Pennsylvania Military Museum. Visitors can connect with the military history of the Commonwealth.

During spring, summer, and fall, the museum is open 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5pm Sunday.

For more information about borrowing the pass, contact Schlow’s Reference Desk at 814-237-6236 or email refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.


 

Posted 5/3/2019

Book spines reading "Imagine Your Story, Summer Reading 2020"

Parking Reminder

We do our best to ensure that library parking is being used by library patrons! Library parking is limited and available on a first come, first served basis, so please only use our lot while you are in the Library building or using Schlow Wifi, or you may be towed. Note: Please find alternative parking for any programs held outside of the Library. Ask us for our Downtown Parking map if you need suggestions!

Register today at reading.schlowlibrary.org

Are you ready for a summer full of imagination?! Babies through adults are invited to participate in Schlow Library's Summer Reading program! Earn chances at fantastic prizes, attend virtual events from the comfort of your own home, and read to your heart's content - all summer long!

  • We are where you are...even during Summer Reading! Our online system - reading.schlowlibrary.org - can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and our events will be held online this summer, too.
  • Register today! Registration began on Monday, May 18, but you can join the fun anytime through mid-August.
  • Our program began on Monday, June 1, so any reading and activities completed on or after that date count toward the program!
  • Summer Reading ends on Wednesday, August 19

Babies - Age 2

  • Read and log 50 books to earn a prize book! Keep going with our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Ages 3 - 12

Our program has three parts - participate in one or all! The more virtual tickets you earn, the more chances you have to win prizes in our online drawings. Watch our video to learn more!

  • SummerQuest - Read books from 10 different genres and do 10 activities, divided into 5 pairs to spell QUEST! Earn 20 virtual tickets for each letter you complete. Finish all 5 pairs to spell QUEST and earn 100 bonus virtual tickets and a prize book certificate. Certificates may be redeemed when the library can safely fully reopen to the public. We will reach out to let you know when that is happening.
  • Daily Reading - Earn a virtual ticket for every day that you read at least 20 minutes! Read every day for 3 weeks in a row to earn 25 bonus virtual tickets!
  • Weekly Pop-up Challenges - Starting June 15, visit our website every week to discover a new challenge! Complete each challenge to receive its secret code and earn 20 bonus virtual tickets. Pop-up challenges must be completed the week they are posted. Finish all 10 to earn 100 bonus virtual tickets!
  • Find all of the details in our Summer 2020 Children's Calendar!

Ages 12 - 17

Read and complete quests to earn entries into the monthly and grand prize drawings. 

  • Set your reading goal. Use the prizes tab to track your progress. 
  • Read at least 20 minutes per day to achieve your reading goal. 
  • Complete quests, such as summarizing a few book chapters, playing book bingo, and more... to earn entries for the monthly or grand prize drawings. 
  • Grand Prizes -  $50 Target Gift Card, $50 Downtown Improvement District Gift Card, Artist’s Gift Basket, Llama Plush, Orange Fish Plush  

Ages 18+

Read and complete quests to earn entries into the monthly and grand prize drawings. 

  • Set your reading goal. Use the prizes tab to track your progress.
  • Each book you record equals one entry into the monthly drawings. 
  • Complete quests, such as writing book recommendations, playing book bingo, and more...to earn entries for the monthly or grand prize drawings. 
  • Grand Prizes - $50 Wegmans Gift Card, $50 Ways Fruit Farm Gift Card, Pyrex Bowl 20-Set, Crepe Maker & Griddle, Baker’s Gift Bag 

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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
9:00am to 6:00pm
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate Latin culture with arts and crafts, music, special snacks, face painting, and more!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
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Repeats every month on January, February, March, April on the first Saturday 4 times.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Let's party! Join us for family block-building activities.

  • Recommended for children in preschool and kindergarten
     
  • Location: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
10:00am to 12:00pm

Saturday session 1 of 2, for ages 10 and up.

Go hands-on with the design process that engineers and artists use to create 3D printed objects.  You'll design your own spinning keychain  We’ll also have some special guests from the Penn State School of Visual Arts. 

This event is appropriate for ages 10 and up.

  • When: 10am to 12pm 
  • Where: Schlow Library Musser Room 

With instructors from Penn State’s Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) and Engineering Design Program 

**This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,  
Tom Wolf, Governor.

 

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4:00pm

Today's movie at The State Theatre: The Sheik (Silent 1922)

A dramatisation of the popular song.

  • Short, Music| January 1922 (UK) | George Wynn
  • Cost: $5
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page!

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Repeats every week every Saturday 2 times.
11:00am to 3:00pm

Kids: Bring your gifts and wrap them in your own creative, one-of-a-kind gift wrap!

  • Saturdays, December 3 & 10: 11am-3pm
  • Sundays, December 4 & 11: 2pm-4:20pm

Materials courtesy of The Growing Tree. 

  • Location: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
1:30pm to 4:30pm

Kids: Celebrate Earth Day at Schlow by making bird houses and bird feeders.

  • Plus, decorate a pot and plant your own tree seedling inside! 
  • If you have a hammer, please bring it along to make the bird feeder! 
  • Extra credit: Take a picture of your family involved in any recycling activity and share it with @schlowlibrary on Twitter between April 1 & April 22 with the hashtag #DadsDoEarthDay for an entry to win a prize book! 
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Frozen

When the newly-crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

  • PG, 2013, 102 minutes
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page! 

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11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Create a tambourine to play along with your favorite songs!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
10:00am to 3:00pm

Get started on your summer reading with some new favorite books!

Help Schlow get more books for our Children's collection by purchasing some books for your family! 

  • Where: Art Gallery outside of Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Penn State students to celebrate with games, arts and crafts, and fun facts about the Hispanic/Latino culture.

  • Enjoy music from a variety of countries and taste some traditional snacks.
  • No previous knowledge of Spanish needed!
     
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

Join us for a discussion of No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts

The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.

JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town’s once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava’s husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava’s mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her, trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia’s undeserving but charming husband, just won’t stop hanging around.

 

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: Joyce’s Sun Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times.
10:30am

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

  • Recommended for ages 3 to 5.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Please call 814.237.6236 to join the waitlist.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Stop by the Children's Department for some animal fun!

Join PSU's Sign Language Organization to learn ASL signs for baby animals, plus try a new game and craft.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 18 2019.
11:00am

Kids: Join us for a half-hour of stories, fingerplays, and a craft, or movies, or a special performance.

Participants should arrive within 15 minutes of the start of the program to join activities.

  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: Journey to a land where dragons roam free and knights protect the kingdom.

There are kings, queens, princes, and princesses, and magic rules the land. In this interactive storytelling, everyone gets to become the character of their choice. Join Tempest Productions for some merry-making, sword-fighting, dragons, dancing, and singing!

  • Ages 8-12
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 35
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
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2:30pm

Kids: Join a team of space explorers and design a hyperloop track to save the day!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Ages 9-12
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 16

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Repeats every week every Wednesday 4 times.
10:15am

Stories, songs, and lots of movement - a storytime for babies on the go and their grown-up.

  • Recommended for 15 to 24 months.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Please call 814.237.6236 to join the waitlist.
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Repeats every week every Friday 5 times.
10:00am

Parents: Learn massage techniques for your infant.

These techniques promote bonding, help with babies' sleep patterns, alleviate constipation and gas, and enhance immune function. 

  • Recommended for babies 6 weeks old and up and their caregivers.
  • Limit: 10 families
  • Registration required and is for the entire series only. 
  • Series dates:
    • October 18
    • October 25
    • November 1
    • November 8
    • November 15
Registrations closed
6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Evening Book Club will read the 2020 Centre County Reads selection!

Join us for a discussion of the 2020 Centre County Reads selection, Charming Billy, by Alice McDermott.

Please check the Centre County Reads website for more information about the book and events surrounding this year's selection.

 

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Joyce’s Sun Room
No registration necessary
9:00am to 11:30am

Curious about your child's developmental progress?

Evaluations are administered by certified therapists from local early intervention agencies. 

  • Ages: Newborn to 5 years
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
  • No registration necessary, but children will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis.

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
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Adults, join others in finding and keeping community

Speaker, author, and teacher Scott Fried returns to Penn State as part of a team comprising the Gender Equity Center, the Presidential Leadership Academy, the Jana Marie Foundation, and others, to facilitate “A Chance to Exhale,” a virtual space to find and keep community.

Drawing upon his 32 years of surviving and living with HIV, Scott Fried will offer some pertinent life skills and hard-won lessons to help us through this difficult time. He will also give participants an opportunity to reflect on experiences and share some heartwarming inspiration. The sessions are geared for anyone 18 and older. Plans are in the works for similar sessions geared toward those under 18 and their families.

Use the Zoom link tinyurl.com/ChanceToExhale to participate starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. Sessions will take place after that on each Thursday April 16 through at least May 7.

*All events are recorded. Series is not to be considered therapy or counseling.

Sponsored by Hillel Penn State, The Jana Marie Foundation, Penn State Student Affairs: Gender Equity Center, Penn State Presidential Leadership Academy, Penn State Schreyer Honors College, and Schlow Centre Region Library

No registration necessary
10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.
6:00pm to 7:30pm

The July 15, 2020 Schlow Centre Region Library Board of Trustees' meeting was a virtual meeting that started at 6pm. Public input and attendance was welcomed via email to djlilly@schlowlibrary.org through Tuesday, July 14. A recording of the meeting is shared below.

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10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

5:00pm to 8:00pm

Teens & Adults: Register for D&D to play at home!

This session of Of Dice and Dragons has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. While we're sorry there is no session tonight, you can register for our next one here!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

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July 20 2021

Repeats every month on June, July, August on the third Tuesday until Tue Aug 17 2021.
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us to read this month's selection!

May - Year of wonders  by Geraldine Brooks

"Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history."—Goodreads.com

June -The Alchemy of Us by Ainissa Ramirez   

"Material scientist Ainissa Ramirez offers up a highly readable exploration of how eight inventions—quartz clocks, steel rails, copper communication cables, silver photographic film, light bulbs, hard disks, labware and silicon chips—have both intentionally and inadvertently shaped our world."–Smithsonian Magazine 

July - The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

“[A] book-club-friendly novel . . . Ana’s gentle husband is Jesus of Nazareth. Her cherished big brother is Judas, Jesus’s firebrand friend. These guys, so familiar, so human, are the hook that draws us in. What keeps us there, though, is the vividness of the world that Kidd conjures, peopling it with boldface names from the New Testament and freshly invented characters she imagines just as fully — Ana, our fictional narrator, principal among them.” —The Boston Globe

August - The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

“Thanks to the storytelling chops of writer Matt Haig, The Midnight Library is an engaging read, full of gentle insights and soothing wisdom… This is a book about shedding regret by gaining perspective. It’s full of quirky plot lines, with glimpses of opportunities and potential in unexpected places and people.” —Psychology Today

Registration is required. 

  • Who: Adults
  • Where: Schlow Zoom Room 

 

 

 

 


 

July 14 2021

10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 


 

August 4 2021

7:00pm to 8:00pm

Are you looking for exercise or meditation to reduce your stress?

Tai Chi, one of the traditional martial arts based on Qigong and martial art techniques, is getting popular because it offers true harmony between body and mind. Evan Foster guides you on reducing stress and anxiety and increasing flexibility and balance through Tai Chi practice.


The class will include 

  • a short history of Tai Chi
  • four points of focus: meditation, breathing, relaxation, stance
  • 9 different Chi gongs "warm-ups"
  • 9 universal Tai Chi postures

Evan Foster has been practicing Tai Chi for more than 15 years and teaching Chang man Chang style for 7 years. He also traveled to Wudang, China in October 2012 to train under Master Xuan Yun Zhou and is a member of Wudang Swordsmen Academy.

 

  • Who: Adults
  • Where: Schlow Zoom Room

 

 

 

 


 

Enjoy critically-acclaimed films, documentaries, and foreign films. 

Stream free videos with your library card. Getting started is easy!

  • Try Kanopy to stream free movies. 
  • Try hoopla to stream movies, music, and more (coming Spring 2020).
  • Register for a Schlow Labs Class.
  • View/Download/Print the Kanopy PDF attachment below. 
  • Schedule a 1-to-1 appointment with an Adult Department staff member. 
  • Contact us at 814.237.6236 or refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

 

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Schlow to School FAQ

Schlow Centre Region Library provides delivery to school libraries for students from the Mount Nittany Middle School, Park Forest Middle School, Delta Program and SCASD High School. 

Coming Soon:  Apply Online.  For now, ask your School Building's librarian for an application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the library offering delivery to school students?

Library staff believe in equitable and easy access to educational material at all grade levels. The Library’s collection of material will be made available to students to promote literacy and to encourage a love of reading.

How does a student qualify for delivery service?

All students attending the above schools are eligible for participation in this program.

Who sets up the account?

The application must be filled out and signed by the student and a parent/ guardian with financial responsibility for the student. It must be returned to the school librarian who will arrange future deliveries from Schlow Centre Region Library.

Who is responsible for the materials?

Participating students and the parent/guardians are responsible for all material checked out on the student’s card. School librarians and Schlow Centre Region Library make every effort to insure that materials are delivered in a timely manner to students.

When does the delivery become activated?

Activation can take up to a week following receipt of the student’s application.

Can I still use my library card at Schlow Centre Region Library?

Yes. Students may still come to Schlow. Students may even pick up their reserves at the Library if they have not already shipped to the School.

Where can a student get an application to participate?

Applications are available at the school library. Contact the school librarian or paraprofessional on duty.

How does the Schlow to School account work?

  • Initial checkout period of 4-weeks, with the possibility of two 4-week renewals allowed if there are no current reserves on the item.
  • Email notification of reserves, items coming due soon, and overdue items are sent to the email address provided. It is up to the student and parent/guardian, to provide us with updated email account information.
  • Although Student Delivery accounts do not accrue daily overdue fees, material is expected to be renewed or returned by the due date. All accounts will be billed for replacement costs for long-overdue items considered lost.
  • Parents/guardians determine whether a student will participate and are responsible for notifying the school if the student either transfers to another school or wishes to cease participation.
  • The Schlow to School Delivery Program is a special service and will be revoked if misused, such as not returning or renewing material by the due date.
  • Once activated, participation in the Schlow to School Library Delivery Program continues through one school year. Summer ends the contract period during which time, students will assume standard loan periods/fines. Students must fill out a new participation agreement at the beginning of a new school year.

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Upgrade Underway

Latest Updates via Twitter

The morning of Thursday, May 10th, Schlow and Centre County Libraries' library system will be undergoing an upgrade.  All functionality will returned Thursday afternoon.

During this upgrade

  • You absolutely need your library card number (physical card, app image, etc.) to checkout items.
  • You can hold onto your items a little longer -- nothing is due Wednesday March 28 through Friday, March 30.
  • Abbreviated website access will be live, so you can still look up items and get call numbers.
  • Overdrive is still available (but other resources from eBooks & More and Research will not).
  • We cannot see what items you currently have checked out on your account.

Feel free to contact us if you have any issues or questions.

Posted 3/26/2018

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Restoring the App for macOS 10.6 - 10.14

As you may be aware, Overdrive decided to discontinue the support for Overdrive Mac Desktop app in early September 2019.  Due to numerous complaints, Overdrive has since determined that the Overdrive for Mac desktop app will be restored by October 2nd.

Mac users running 10.6 (Snow Leopard) through 10.14 (Mojave) will be able to access the download option. However, users who upgrade to 10.15 (Catalina) will not be able to download and transfer MP3 files.    

We will continue to let you know any updates as we receive them.  

Thank you.  

Posted 9/25/2019

Does your family miss checking out the I Spy Tank in the library?

Take a look at our Virtual I Spy activity! 

Can you find all of the items? 

This Virtual I Spy activity will be updated once a month, just like the I Spy Tank at Schlow!

The I Spy activity is attached below as a pdf.

Downloads: 

Posted 9/11/2020

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
10:30am

Power Up Your Bones: Recommended for Grades K-5

Make astronaut pudding, prepare cheese that looks like clouds, play a game called "Where's Cal?", and explore new foods and drinks that strengthen your skeleton. 

  • Limit: 14
     
  • Registration Required
     
  • Location: Downsbrough Community Room

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Repeats every week every Sunday 2 times.
2:00pm to 4:15pm

Kids: Bring your gifts and wrap them in your own creative, one-of-a-kind gift wrap!

  • Saturdays, December 3 & 10: 11am-3pm
  • Sundays, December 4 & 11: 2pm-4:20pm

Materials courtesy of The Growing Tree. 

  • Location: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Supplies are provided. Teen and adults of all skill levels are welcome!

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 814.237.6236.

 

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

A panel of longtime State College residents discuss life in State College when Schlow Library opened in 1957

Join us in an evening of “Mid-Century Memories,” as part of Schlow's 60th anniversary celebration! Katie O’Toole, president of the Centre County Historical Society, moderates a panel of longtime State College residents, including Lee Stout, Galen Dreibelbis, Timmy Weinstein Shanahan, and Linda Chambers Domin. 

The interactive program begins at 7 p.m. in the Downsbrough Community Room and will be followed by a display of historic memorabilia and a reception.

 

No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Supplies are provided. Teen and adults of all skill levels are welcome!

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, sewing, and fabrics 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 814.237.6236.

 

No registration necessary
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Author of The Leavers

Join us for an evening with Lisa Ko author of National Book Award Finalist, The Leavers. Ko will visit the valley to discuss her novel and answer readers’ questions. Presented in partnership with The Center for Global Studies and the Diversity Council within Penn State’s Office of Outreach and Online Education.

“...if you want to understand a forgotten and essential part of the world we live in, The Leavers is required reading.” —Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth

  • When: 6:30pm-8pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

Book sales and signing to follow

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

Join us for a discussion of  Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See        ​

In a remote Yunnan village, a stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city. The story of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple, tracing the very different cultural factors that compel them to consume a rare native tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations.​​

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm

Join the Elementary Division of Singing Onstage as we celebrate the story of the Von Trapp Family Singers!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Bring Hawaii to Central PA with a homemade paper lei!

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

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

  • Recommended for 24 to 36 months.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
11:00am

Kids: Sing, move, and play simple instruments with a certified Kindermusik teacher.

This is the 11am class - sign up for 10am right here!

  • Recommended for infants to age 4
  • Limit: 12 children per session

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Join us for a discussion of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Yeongdo, Korea 1911.

In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple has one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.

Following a man, she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story.

Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Joyce's Sun Room
No registration necessary
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Use hearts to create an animal friend!

What's lovable and prickly at the same time? A hedgehog made of hearts!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
10:00am to 2:00pm

Build resume and interview skills!

The PA CareerLink new mobile center, The Link, will visit Schlow Centre Region Library on the fourth Tuesday of the month. This career center on wheels, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, will be parked outside Schlow.

The public is welcome to come and explore The Link, an ADA accessible mobile career center with seven computers, Internet access, printing, and a presentation screen. The Link offers a variety of services for jobseekers, including but not limited to career guidance, assistance with searching and applying for jobs, resume and cover letter review, and work readiness workshops and training provided by workforce professionals.

The Link provides services for Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties.

Like the Library the Link is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

  • Where: In front on Schlow, Allen St.
  • When: 10am to 2pm







 

No registration necessary
9:00am to 5:00pm

Start recording your books and/or time!

Today is the day you can start recording your books and/or time for all of the summer reading programs! 

 

No registration necessary
10:00am

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

  • Ages 24-36 months
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 15
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
2:30pm to 3:15pm

Kids: An introduction to dance!

A combination of jazz, tap, and ballet. Presented by The Dance Academy of State College.

  • Recommended for ages 7-12
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 40
Registrations closed
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Join Penn State students to celebrate with games, arts and crafts, and fun facts about the Hispanic/Latino culture.

  • Enjoy music from a variety of countries and taste some traditional snacks.
  • No previous knowledge of Spanish needed!
     
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 3 times.
10:00am

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

Where: Children's Activity Room

No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

A Central PA SCORE Seminar with Bob Griffin

Many companies and organizations talk about customer service, but few take the time to build a program of strategically planned customer service. This class focuses on the three primary stages of customer service:

  1. Assessment
  2. Solutions
  3. Measurement.

The class looks at all the stages of Customer Service and helps you build a solution that will work for your organization. It concludes with an inside look at how top quality customer service works within the fast food company Chick fil A.

Presented by SCORE Mentor and Business School teacher Bob Griffin.

Register online. ($5 donation suggested a the door. All proceeds go to Schlow)

  • Class size limit: 25
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

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11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Make a colorful 3D rainbow with a pot of gold at its end!

Where: Children's Department

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Repeats every week every Monday until Mon Dec 28 2020 except Mon Sep 28 2020, Mon Oct 12 2020, Mon Oct 26 2020, Mon Nov 09 2020, Mon Nov 23 2020, Mon Nov 30 2020, Mon Dec 14 2020, Mon Dec 28 2020.
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Knitters of all skill levels are welcome!

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

  • Who: 12+ years 
  • When: 1st and 3rd Monday of the month
  • Where: Schlow's Virtual Community Room

Register online​ and​ attendees​ ​will receive an email including the Zoom room link upon registration. For more information, contact the reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

 

 

 

 


 

2:30pm

Do you have a favorite fairy tale? Do you like to make up your very own stories? How many ways can you use your imagination?

Help Billy and the Story Machine create a fairy tale like you’ve never seen before. Audience members will interact with Billy and his friends as they work together to bring a story to life.

  • Recommended for ages 3-8.
  • Presented by local favorite Adam Swartz Puppets!
  • Registration required.
10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.


 

 

 

 


 

10:30am to 11:30pm

This Schlow Labs event has been canceled.

 For more information, contact the Adult Department staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

No registration necessary
2:30pm

Drawing with Scissors: Join Wendy as she introduces you to the artist Henri Matisse and his wonderful paper collages.

Then try your hand at creating your own masterpiece using colorful paper, scissors, and glue!

  • Recommended for kids in grades K and up.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

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Repeats every week 1 times. Also includes Sat Apr 03 2021.
10:30am to 11:30am

Join us to learn Mandarin Chinese!

Speaking Chinese is easy.  Join us for two one-hour sessions learning Mandarin Chinese with Joanie Tan, Principal of Happy Valley Chinese School.  You'll be able to order food at the local Chinese store and say your Chinese friend's name correctly after attending these classes.  

Registration is required.  (You only need to register once to attend both classes.) 

  • Who: 12+
  • When: Saturday March 27 & April 3, 10:30-11:30
  • Where: Schlow Zoom Room

 

 

 

 


 

11:00am

Join us for a fun and interactive virtual magic show that will get the whole family involved.

Be ready for lots of opportunities to participate in the show!

  • Recommended for ages 3 and up.
  • Registration required. 
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 


 

August 4 2021

10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 


 

July 9 2021

7:00pm to 8:00pm

New York Times bestselling author, J. Courtney Sullivan closes out BookFestPA with a virtual chat about motherhood in modern fiction, the pandemic, and her sources of inspiration. Sullivan is known for Commencement, Maine, The Engagements, and Saints For All Occasions. Maine was named a Best Book of the Year by Time magazine, and a Washington Post Notable Book for 2011. Her recent work, Friends and Strangers, is a Today Show “Read with Jenna” book club pick.

A special thank you to author and Penn State University Professor, Elizabeth Kadetsky for moderating the evening program.

Pick up your copies of Sullivan’s work at Webster’s Bookstore & Café.

  • Register in advance for the Zoom information. 
  • Signed plates available at Schlow. First come, first served. 

A deeply personal yet profound exploration of motherhood, friendships, and the role of privilege in determining how we shape our lives.Booklist on Friends and Strangers. 

Part of BookFest PA 2021.

 

 

 

 


 

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!

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An online collection of eBooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books. TeenBookCloud offers students of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content.

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Find similar titles, the next book in the series, or librarian-recommended reads.

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Business Insights: Essentials

Company and industry profiles including SWOT reports, market share reports, and financial reports.

A New Creative Space at Your Library

Join the #librarymade revolution. Stop by our new creative space anytime. We provide supplies! Explore, discover, make!

Some Supplies include:

  • Yarn
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Washi and Duct Tape
  • Origami Paper
  • Sketch Paper, pencils, pens and markers
  • Glue, tape, Scissors
  • Intriguing odds and ends
  • Where: The Sun Room
  • When: Anytime the Library is open and the Sun Room is not reserved

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If you share your creations with us at the Reference Desk we can share them on Twitter as part of #librarymade. 

Posted 5/30/2015

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For library news, events, and all things literary

We've launched our very own Schlow Library Podcast. The first episode is now available through iTunes, Google Play Music, here at the above link, or at schlowlibrary.buzzsprout.com.

The weekly podcast will feature interviews and news about events, happenings, and services at Schlow Centre Region Library. The first episode previews LIONBash and includes an interview with Douglas Shontz and Autumn Busbee of the Borough of State College. Schlow will have an Engagement Station and is participating in this year’s LIONBash, which will be 5pm-8pm on Wednesday, August 29 on the 100 to 300 blocks of South Allen Street.

“Schlow has so many events that are happening at the library and services that are available, and the library is involved in a number of ways in the community,” says communications manager David Pencek. “With our website, our app, our calendar of events, a bi-monthly eNewsletter, and social media, the podcast just adds another way for us to share with the public all that is happening at Schlow. We hope people find it entertaining and informative.”

Upcoming podcast episodes include a look at the Schlow to School Program, the Great American Read, and Research Unplugged.

Subscribe today!

Posted 9/8/2018

Smithsonian WWI Poster 1

With added prints by combat artist Michael D. Fay & others

Throughout March, the Betsy Allen Rodgers Art Gallery is exhibiting some of the faces and images of war with “World War I: Lessons and Legacies: A Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, with Added Prints by Combat Artist Michael D. Fay and Others.” The exhibition features poster images from World War I assembled by the Smithsonian Institute and prints by combat artist Michael Fay and others. These images invite viewers to ask how have military conflicts, work, industry, and cultures of the world changed (or stayed the same) over the last 100 years?

Michael Fay, who graduated from Penn State in 1982 with a degree in Art Education, is an official Marine Corps combat artist who has been mobilized for four extended periods and has served two tours each in Afghanistan and Iraq. Through his paintings and drawings, Fay focuses on the human face of war.

For more information on combat art try exploring Michael Fay's website, The National Museum of the Marine Corp page on the Combat Art Program, and the Smithsonian's extensive WWI digital record

 

Posted 3/3/2020

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This calendar features events for Winter 2021 for kids and families!

Explore our new Children's Department events calendar for exciting details about upcoming events for children and families! Download your digital copy today!

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Posted 12/18/2020

Doodle-style illustrations of a chameleon, rabbit, book, butterfly, and flower sit atop a green background. A smiley yellow sun looks down over them. Text reads "Reading, Learning, Fun - Tailes and Tales - Summer Reading Program for All Ages"

Parking Reminder

We do our best to ensure that library parking is being used by library patrons! Library parking is limited and available on a first come, first served basis, so please only use our lot while you are in the Library building or using Schlow Wifi, or you may be towed. Ask us for our Downtown Parking map if you need suggestions!

Register today at reading.schlowlibrary.org

Get ready for some Tails and Tales! Babies through adults are invited to participate in Schlow Library's Summer Reading program. Earn chances at fantastic prizes, attend virtual events from the comfort of your own home, and read to your heart's content - all summer long!

  • We are where you are...even during Summer Reading! Our online system - reading.schlowlibrary.org - can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and our events will be held online this summer, too.
  • Registration is now open but you can join the fun anytime through mid-August.
  • Our program begins on Monday, June 1, so any reading and activities completed on or after that date count toward the program!
  • Summer Reading ends on Wednesday, August 18

Babies - Age 2

  • Read and log 50 books to earn a prize book! Keep going with our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Ages 3 - 12

Our program has three parts - participate in one or all! The more virtual tickets you earn, the more chances you have to win prizes in our online drawings. Watch our video to learn more!

  • SummerQuest - Read books from 10 different genres and do 10 activities, divided into 5 pairs to spell QUEST! Earn 20 virtual tickets for each letter you complete. Finish all 5 pairs to spell QUEST and earn 100 bonus virtual tickets and a prize book.
  • Daily Reading - Earn a virtual ticket for every day that you read at least 20 minutes! Read every day for 3 weeks in a row to earn 25 bonus virtual tickets.
  • Weekly Pop-up Challenges - Starting June 14, visit our website every week to discover a new challenge! Complete each challenge to receive its secret code and earn 20 virtual tickets. Pop-up challenges must be completed the week they are posted. Finish all 10 to earn 100 bonus virtual tickets!
  • Find all of the details in our Summer 2021 Children's Calendar.

Ages 12 - 17

Read and complete quests to earn entries into the monthly and grand prize drawings. 

  • Set your reading goal. Use the prizes tab to track your progress. 
  • Read at least 20 minutes per day to achieve your reading goal. 
  • Complete quests, such as summarizing a few book chapters, playing book bingo, and more... to earn entries for the monthly or grand prize drawings. 
  • Monthly prize drawings will be held on June 24, July, 22, and August 19
  • The grand prize drawing will be held on Thursday, August 19.  
  • Grand prizes will include a Nintendo Switch w/ Zelda game, Wireless Headphones, and a $50 DID gift card.  
  • Find all of the details and events in our Summer 2021Adult & Teen Calendar

Ages 18+

Read and complete quests to earn entries into the monthly and grand prize drawings. 

  • Set your reading goal. Use the prizes tab to track your progress.
  • Each book you record equals one entry into the monthly drawings. 
  • Complete quests, such as writing book recommendations, playing book bingo, and more...to earn entries for the monthly or grand prize drawings. 
  • Monthly prize drawings will be held on June 24, July, 22, and August 19
  • The grand prize drawing will be held on Thursday, August 19. 
  • Grand prizes will include a Kindle Fire HD, iPad Mini, DIY Step, and Chef's Bag. 
  • Find all of the details and events in our Summer 2021Adult & Teen Calendar

Posted 4/26/2021

9:00am to 6:00pm
No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: Meet, Suzanne Bloom, author of The Bus for Us and the Goose & Bear Books

When is that bus going to get here? Where did Goose and Bear come from? Would you eat a dirt dessert? Spend some time with author/illustrator Suzanne Bloom as she tells you how her stories got started and invites you to start one of your own.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm to 6:00pm

A Maker Week Event

Use our computers and 3D Printers to design and print your own cookie cutter! Projects will be completed here and you’ll be notified when they are ready to pick up.

  • Where: Schlow Library 2nd Floor Public Computers

 

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

Kids: Join PSU's NSSLHA to celebrate spring with daffodils, sheep, and flower gardens!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
4:00pm

Today's movie at The State Theatre: An Evening of Silent Comedies

Grab a popcorn and enjoy five silent film comedies on the big screen! One Week, A Dog's Life, Never Weaken, The Cook, and The Extra Girl.

  • NR or TV-G, 1918-1923, 167 minutes
  • Cost: $5
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page!

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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Take on a new building challenge.

Design your creation and pose for a picture to be displayed in our Lego Club Hall of Fame!

  • Recommended for grades 1-6. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
2:30pm

Join the Penn State Thespians for a Disney sing-along!

  • For extra fun, come dressed as your favorite character!
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
11:00am

Kids: See crowd-favorite Bobby Cadabra and his new rabbit put on an interactive magic show.

Great for all ages! 

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

Kids: Join us for a fun reading and science program.

Today’s program features the book “Mice Squeak, We Speak” by Tomie dePaola to help us learn about sounds!

Each child participant will receive a Buy One/Get One Free pass to the Discovery Space when they attend the M.A.T.H.H. program.

Sponsored by AAUW State College Branch.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Grades 1 to 5.
  • Limit: 20.

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11:00am

Kids: Join us for a half-hour of stories, fingerplays, and a craft, or movies, or a special performance.

Participants should arrive within 15 minutes of the start of the program to join activities.

  • Where: Children's Activity Room
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Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Dec 29 2018 except Sat Dec 01 2018, Sat Dec 08 2018.
11:00am

Kids: Join us for a half-hour of stories, fingerplays, and a craft, or movies, or a special performance.

Participants should arrive within 15 minutes of the start of the program to join activities.

  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
9:00am to 5:30pm

Kids: Stop by for fun make & take activities!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate the New Year!

Join PSU's NSSLHA to welcome the New Year with party hats, resolutions, and magic wands.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Monday 4 times.
10:15am

Stories, songs, and lots of movement - a storytime for babies on the go and their grown-up.

  • Recommended for 15 to 24 months.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Families: Join Schlow in celebrating Rebecca Roan's debut picture book, Dragons Get Colds Too!

The event will include a reading, a behind-the-scenes look at creating the book, a craft-making activity for kids, and a book signing. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of Webster's Bookstore & Cafe. All are welcome.


Bonus: Choose your own mini pet dragon! (For ages 3+)

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

About the book:
For fans of Dragons Love Tacos comes a fresh, funny story that deals with everyone's least favorite thing: a cold. Is your dragon sleepy? Does he have a runny nose? Does he keep sneezing fire? Unfortunately, it sounds like your dragon has a cold. But luckily, this guide will help anxious dragon owners through the challenges of caring for their sick dragon! Balancing tongue-in-cheek humor through Charles Santoso's illustrations with gentle reassurance, this story proves that laughter really is the best medicine and will appeal to anyone who has felt under the weather.

About the author:
Rebecca Roan is a children’s book author. Her debut picture book, Dragons Get Colds Too, won the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award. She holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University, and an MFA in Writing for Children and an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College. A former preschool teacher, bookseller, and puppeteer, Rebecca lives in northeastern, PA, where she works in the book publishing division at Highlights for Children. Visit rebeccaroan.com.

No registration necessary
10:00am

This class will feature a video story read by an astronaut on the International Space Station!

Then, we'll have our own fun storytime based on their choice. 

  • Recommended for ages 3-6.
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
  • Registration required.
  • Limit: 15
Registrations closed
10:00am to 12:00pm

Kids: Experiment with different kinds of bubbles with our friends from Discovery Space!

  • Where: Schlow Library Parking Lot
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:30pm

Author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Schlow presents Author Spotlight, a new series bringing bestselling authors to the Centre Region. Jamie Ford will visit Schlow to discuss his books Love and Other Consolation Prizes and The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. The latter spent 2 years on the NYT Bestseller lists and is Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature.

Book signing and sale to follow.

Register online to ensure seating. Walk-in seating may be limited.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

About Jamie

Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations. Jamie Ford’s debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller. His work has been translated into 35 languages. (He’s still holding out for Klingon, because that’s when you know you’ve made it!) His latest novel is Love and Other Consolations Prizes. When not writing or daydreaming, he can be found tweeting @jamieford and on Instagram @jamiefordofficial.

About Jamie's newest book, Love and Other Consolation Prizes

A powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattle’s epic 1909 World’s Fair… Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolation Prizes is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotion—in a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale.

“Exciting . . . [Jamie] Ford captures the thrill of first kisses and the shock of revealing long-hidden affairs.”—Kirkus Reviews


Author Spotlight is sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State, Kish Bank, McQuaide Blasko, Schlow Library Foundation, Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, and Webster’s Bookstore & Café. Also with generous support from Nancy Eaton and Fred & Judy Sears.

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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Explore the world of the carnival with face-painting, mask-making, cookie-decorating, and more!

Where: Children's Department

No registration necessary
11:00am

Kids: Join us for a family-friendly concert with Mr. Music and his guitar!

  • When:  11am and 1pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • First Night button NOT required.

Join us for one of Mr. Music's fabulous shows, and for drop-in activities in the Children's Department all day!

A little about Mr. Music (also known as Lenny Tepsich):

Guitar in one hand and his audience in the other, Lenny Tepsich greets children and they light up with anticipation.  When he leaves, they never forget having met Mr. Music.   He motivates kids with simple songs sung by children for generations as well as original tunes he writes just for them.  In 1988, his daughter’s kindergarten class nicknamed him Mr. Music (they couldn’t say Mr. Tepsich) and it stuck!

For over 30 years he’s been a featured performer at Hershey Park. He has performed at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, and festivals, schools, and libraries throughout the United States.

When Lenny is not performing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He looks forward to singing for the “next generation” and continuing his unending devotion to his love of music and children.

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

Kids: Use your handprints to make a bright, wintry cardinal.

Where: Children's Department

No registration necessary
5:00pm

All entries are due by March 27, 2020

This contest is part of the 2020 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of National Book Award Winner Alice McDermott’s novel Charming Billy, in which various characters try to figure out the best ways to show care for the titular Billy as he battles with his ultimately fatal alcoholism.

Tracing the experiences of an extended Irish-American family across the twentieth century, the novel invites us to consider to whom we show care and how we show that care.  As Billy navigates relationships with friends, family, and lovers, we as readers might also consider how to show care in ways that sustain ourselves and the objects of our care.  Inspired by this ongoing negotiation of human connection, enter your best example of writing—7,500 words or less—in which someone or something receives care in one of the following categories: Best Short Fiction, Best Nonfiction, Best Poetry, and Best Entry for a Writer under 18.

Winners will receive a $200 grand prize. Please send entries to cals@psu.edu, and include a cover letter with your name, address, contact information, a brief biography, and contest category. Winning entries will be displayed at Schlow Centre Region Library and on the CALS website.

 

 

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10:00am

Join us via Zoom for a special storytime with Miss Paula!

  • Recommended for ages 2-6, but everyone is welcome! 
  • Please register for this event. Those who register will be emailed the link to our Zoom meeting space.

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2:30pm

Kids: Calling all budding historians!

Join us and take 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.
  • Registration required.
10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 


 

11:00am to 12:00pm

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Have you ever wanted to make a sound recording of a loved one’s story? Or, have you wanted to make a sound recording of your own story with a friend or family member? You can now do this from the comfort of your own home with StoryCorps Connect! 

Join us on Saturday, November 7th from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm to learn more about this free-to-use platform. We'll outline how you can use StoryCorps Connect to engage with friends and loved ones, and to capture their stories and legacies. We’ll also show you how to add those stories to the Centre County Memories StoryCorps Community.

This virtual program is free to attend, but advance sign-up is required. Register through the form below. After filling out the form and clicking on "submit", you will receive a confirmation email that will include both the Zoom link and instructions for participation.

  • Where: Centre County Library's Zoom Room

 

 

 

 


 

10:00am

Experience songs and stories in a featured language! Recommended for children ages 3-8 and their families. Fun for speakers of all languages, including English! Today's featured language is Mandarin! 

  • Registration required.

Presented in partnership with Penn State Center for Language Science.

 

 

 

 


 

4:00pm to 5:00pm

A Centre County Reads Event

In The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power—a Finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction—Deirdre Mask examines how addresses and street names reflect ongoing race, class, and other divisions.  In this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists will use The Address Book as a launch point for a broader discussion about how addresses and other place markers provide, or withhold, access to power and mobility. Treating specific case studies—Black travel guidebooks; the proprietary geocode system What3words; and the United States Postal Service—panelists will suggest strategies that have been, and might yet be, employed to navigate or otherwise redress inequities that place markers of various kinds demarcate. 

Featured Panelists:

  • Christy Pottroff, Assistant Professor of English, Boston College
  • Eunice Toh, Graduate Student in English and African American and Diaspora Studies, Penn State
  • Ashley Marie Cashion, Strategic Partnerships Director, USA, What3words

 

  • Where: PSU Zoom (no pre-registration required.) 

 

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June 24 2021

2:30pm

Local favorite Adam Swartz is back with a fun new show: Joe Flashlight: CSI (Creature Story Investigators).

Join Adam and his puppet friends as they investigate animal facts and stories.  

  • Recommended for ages 3 and up.
  • Registration required. 
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 


 

9:00am to 7:00pm

For Adults & Teens!

Get creative with duct tape! Make a bookmark and flower pen with directions from our friends at Leonia Public Library. From pen toppers to adornments, there are so many possibilities. We can’t wait to see your creations.

Call Adult Services (814.237.6236) to register. You will receive an email from us when the supply bag is ready for pick up. Make it!

Then, take a picture and share it with us on social media @schlowlibrary on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

  • Phone registration opens Monday, May 3
  • Limit 20.

 

 

 

 

Please call 814.237.6236 to register.

6/1/2020: Library by Mail services have resumed and now includes those residents who are in the at risk population for COVID-19.

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 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 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 814.237.6236 or email librarybymail@schlowlibrary.org for further information.

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USER BEHAVIOR POLICY

Approved November 12, 2015 by the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries Board

To insure the enjoyment of all who patronize facilities and services of the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries, including Centre County Library, its branches, its Museum, its Bookmobile, and Schlow Centre Region Library, users may not engage in any act that 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 in all Centre County Federation of Public Libraries facilities.  Offenders may be asked to leave the Libraries, have Library privileges suspended or revoked, or be subject to police or legal action and eviction. Once implemented, actions originating in any Library will be upheld throughout all of the Centre County Federation of Public Libraries facilities.

The Centre County Federation of Public Libraries is a limited public forum. Appeals may be submitted to the governing Library Board within 15 days of official notification of actions taken to suspend or revoke privileges.

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Whether your child already loves nonfiction or is still warming up to it, TrueFlix is the place to be! Short videos introduce each topic, and interactive eBooks - each featuring a read-aloud option - fill in all the details. After reading, kids can explore related topics, web content, and fun activities.

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Try a new app experience for eBooks and eAudiobooks from OverDrive

If you love our eBooks and eAudiobooks there is a new way to access them for smartphone and tablet users.

Libby is a new app with updated features, not a replacement for the OverDrive App. If you are happy with the OverDrive App you can keep using it without any changes. Try Libby for these new features: 

  • Select your library once and then stay signed in (no more selecting your library each time)
  • Automatically download books and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space on your device
  • All your loans and holds are consolidated on a single shelf. No switching from Loans to Bookshelf to find downloaded items. 
  • Keep track of your reading history in the Activity tab.
  • Positions, bookmarks, and notes are kept in sync across your devices.
  • Custom lists for tagging books you love, want to read, and more
  • Improved Searching and Filtering
  • Automatic synching between devices

More information can be found at meet.libbyapp.com

The Libby App is available in Android and Apple app stores. 

 

 

 

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Posted 5/26/2017

The month of May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month was chosen for the commemoration because it was on May 7, 1843, when the first Japanese immigrated to the United States. Also, on May 10, 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed, and the majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Asian and Pacific Americans have made a big impact in the literary world. This month, Schlow Centre Region Library has two special book displays — one in its Children’s Department and one on the second floor in its Adult Services Department — to honor their contributions.

“Authors such as Amy Tan, Julie Otsuka, and Jamie Ford are invaluable contributors to our historical and cultural narrative,” says Maria Burchill, head of adult services at Schlow. “In celebrating theirs and others’ literary and artistic contributions we are recognizing the voices and experiences of so many people who make our country unique.”

Elaine Bayly, the technician in Schlow’s Children’s Department, was born and raised in the Philippines before she and her family moved to the United States when she was nine years old. She recalls surviving several natural disasters while living in the Philippines, including the June 1991 volcano eruption of Mount Pinatubo that killed nearly 900 people.

Bayly, who was seven at the time, says, “All I remember was the humongous ash cloud and the ash fall accumulation was a couple of feet deep and it covered everything. My mom was actually in the hospital giving birth to my little sister, who was born on June 11, 1991, and the rest of the family had to evacuate to surrounding areas.”

A few years later, Bayly and her family came to the United States and were living in Moscow, Idaho.

“It was difficult not knowing how to communicate with my classmates and teachers — I don’t think I spoke one word my first six months of school as I was very unsure of my English,” she says. “I learned English in school in the Philippines, but speaking it was challenging. Shortly after we moved to the US, my grandmother took me to the library and I read a lot of books and we checked out movies, which was recommended by my ESL teacher — and that’s how I pretty much learned how to converse in English.”

Now a public library is where Bayly works; she’s been at Schlow since 2017.

If you’d like to check out books written by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, NBCNews.com put together a list of recently published ones or ones that will be coming out later this year. Here are a few that Schlow has or will have soon:

Drawn Together by Minh Le and Dan Santat (Children’s)

“This new picture book tells the story of a little boy who visits his grandfather. At first, the pair struggles with a language barrier but soon learn to bond through their shared love of art and creativity.

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (Fiction)

Lee visited Schlow in 2017 when her book, Under A Painted Sky, was the Centre County Reads selection for that year. In her upcoming novel, due out in August, the book “centers on Jo Kwan, a teenager maid in 1890s Atlanta who works for one of the wealthiest families in the city. As Jo toggles between the moneyed world of her employers and the working-class home of her Chinese immigrant father, she also finds time to write Atlanta’s most popular advice column under the name ‘Miss Sweetie.’ ”

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim (Fiction)

“An emotionally riveting debut novel about war, family, and forbidden love, the unforgettable saga of two ill-fated lovers in Korea, and the heartbreaking choices they're forced to make in the years surrounding the civil war that still haunts us today.”

Last Boat Out of Shanghai by Helen Zia (Nonfiction)

“The dramatic, real-life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China's 1949 Communist Revolution--a precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today.”

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir” by Nicole Chung (Nonfiction)

“What does it mean to lose your roots — within your culture, within your family — and what happens when you find them? Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up — facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn't see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from — she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth. With the same warmth, candor, and startling insight that has made her a beloved voice, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child.”

 

Posted 5/7/2019

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Trying to find a job? PA CareerLink is the place to go for current job openings, trainings, and more! 

Using a phone, or mobile device you can virtually attend job training presentations from your home or local wi-fi location. 

 

Posted 4/21/2020

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1:30pm

Magical Adventures for Talented Heroines and Heroes

Students grades 1-5 discover a magical land where everyone speaks a universal language. Join fellow heroines and heroes as they listen to a story, learn a special language skill, engage in a creative hands-on activity, and discover an exciting new place to explore!

  • Where: Begins in Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room; ends at Discovery Space
  • Participants will be given a special pass to Discovery Space
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Sponsored by AAUW State College Branch
Registrations closed
9:00am to 6:00pm
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Create the animals from the classic song with students from the SPSEA!

Make a beautiful barn for your animals to live in, a fluffy lamb, and a friendly pink pig!

  • Where: Children's Department
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Repeats every month on January, February, March, April on the third Saturday 4 times.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Take on a new building challenge!

Design your creation and pose for a picture to be displayed in the Children's Department!

  • Recommended for grades 1 to 6.
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

 

No registration necessary
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Saturday session 2 of 2, for Adults

Go hands-on with the design process that engineers and artists use to create 3D printed objects.  You'll design your own spinning keychain.  We’ll also have some special guests from the Penn State School of Visual Arts. 

This event is appropriate for ages 18 and up.

  • When: 1pm to 3pm 
  • Where: Schlow Library Musser Room 

With instructors from Penn State’s Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) and Engineering Design Program 

**This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,  
Tom Wolf, Governor.

 

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7:30pm

Today's movie at The State Theatre: The Sheik (Silent 1922)

A dramatisation of the popular song.

  • Short, Music| January 1922 (UK) | George Wynn
  • Cost: $5
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page!

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Repeats every week every Sunday 2 times.
2:00pm to 4:15pm

Kids: Bring your gifts and wrap them in your own creative, one-of-a-kind gift wrap!

  • Saturdays, December 3 & 10: 11am-3pm
  • Sundays, December 4 & 11: 2pm-4:20pm

Materials courtesy of The Growing Tree. 

  • Location: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
6:30pm

Kids: Wear your jammies and join the Delta Middle Choir from the Delta School for a storytime concert and sing-along.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: When people saw how big and strong Ferdinand the Bull was, they assumed he would love to fight in the bullring.

Come hear a single violin tell the surprising story of this peace-loving bull as performed by James Lyon, concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra. 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Recommended for ages 4-12
  • This program is sponsored by a grant from Nancy Eaton and support from the PA Chamber Orchestra

James Lyon is currently Professor of Music in Violin at Penn State and was on the Schreyer Distinguished Honors Faculty from 2011-2014. A member of two faculty-based ensembles at PSU, the Castalia Trio and Duo Concertant, Prof. Lyon has played with each of these groups at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and throughout the world, including much of Asia, Europe and the United States. He has given masterclasses at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, the Paris Conservatory, and at the Eastman School of Music, among others. He is a Grand Prize Winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and has collaborated in performances with members of the Ying and Tokyo Quartets, as well as members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Players. He serves as concertmaster of both the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra and the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra and is on the summer faculty of the Wintergreen Academy in VA, where he also performs with the professional orchestra-in-residence.

Professor Lyon has been honored by teaching awards from the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State and from the Pennsylvania-Delaware String Teacher’s Association. His recordings are available worldwide through CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon, and include several works by prominent women composers of the 19th century whose work is just beginning to be recognized for it’s true merit. Praised by the press as “a dramatic violin soloist,” his performance of Mozart’s 5th Concerto with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra was lauded as “a virtually definitive performance.” Professor Lyon's studies began with J.Edgar Anderson in Harrisonburg, VA before more formal studies at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Elaine Richey and later at the Eastman School of Music, where he was made teaching assistant to his mentor, concert violinist Charles Castleman. Further studies were with Josef Gingold (orchestral excerpts) at Indiana University, members of the Tokyo and Fine Arts Quartets at the Yale Summer School of Music, and with Louis Krasner (Alban Berg concerto) at New England Conservatory. Professor Lyon performs on an 1869 J.B. Vuillaume violin graciously given to Penn State by alum Ray Walker and on a 1983 violin crafted by the award-winning luthier, David Burgess.
 

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12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Sing

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists' find that their lives will never be the same.

  • PG, 2016, 108 minutes
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page! 

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Repeats every week every Monday 4 times.
9:30am

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

  • Recommended for newborn to 14 months
  • Limit: 15 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
6:30pm

Kids: Build blanket forts in the library with your whole family and then snuggle up with a good book.

Make your fort cozy – bring along a flashlight and a stuffie!

  • Limit: 50 kids.
  • Where: Children's Department
  • Registration required.
Registrations closed
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Join us for a discussion of Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple​

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.

 

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Joyce’s Sun Room
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 5 times.
12:00pm to 1:30pm

Caregivers, use movement and song to help your child's development!

Infant Yoga teaches caregivers fun ways to help support children's social, emotional, and physical development and overall contentment through play, song, and movement-based activities. The activities provide additional ways for parents and caregivers to bond with their little ones.

  • Five-week session dates: Tuesdays, January 22, 29; February 5, 12, and 19, 12pm-1:30pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Limit: 10
  • Registration opens on Wednesday, January 2 and is for the entire series only.
  • Please note that this program is incorrectly listed as Infant and Toddler Yoga in our Winter 2019 calendar; the program is intended for infants up to 10 months. We apologize for any confusion.

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11:00am

Kids: Enjoy a play all about everyone's favorite bear with a rumbly in his tumbly!

Join Winnie the Pooh and friends as they embark on yet another journey through the Hundred Acre Wood. What sticky situation could they be getting into this time? Presented by the Penn State Thespians.

  • Showtimes
    • Saturday, April 13: 11am and 1pm
    • Sunday, April 14: 2:30pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Let’s party! Join us for family block building activities.

  • Recommended for ages 2-5.
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
10:30am

Kids: Learn to fold origami!

  • Recommended for grades 4-6
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 10
  • Where: Children's Activity Room

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2:30pm

Kids: Create bead dangles with charms, beads, and wire, and then transform them into bookmarks, zipper pulls, or earrings.

  • Parents: Please plan to stay and help during this class. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
  • Ages 9-12
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 12

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11:00am

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

  • Recommended for 24 to 36 months.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Create an animal mask for some imaginative play!

Will you be a lion, a raccoon, or perhaps a ladybug?

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Afternoon Book Club will read the book of 2020 Centre County Reads!

Join us for a discussion of the 2020 Centre County Reads title.

The title will be announced in December. 

Please check the Centre County Reads website.

 

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Joyce’s Sun Room
No registration necessary
10:00am

Kids: Find out what the Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest judges are looking for!

Improve your writing skills and discuss mistakes to avoid. 

  • Bring your book for a brief personal evaluation at 11am. 
  • Please come with writing questions and ideas, or one or two pages of your book for review. 
     
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Registration required.

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10:00am

Join us via Zoom for a special storytime with Miss Paula!

  • Recommended for ages 2-6, but everyone is welcome! 
  • Please register for this event. Those who register will be emailed the link to our Zoom meeting space.

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10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.
10:30am to 11:30am

Please join in and learn how to discover your family history through Ancestry.

Join us for a one-hour overview of Ancestry Library Edition (ALE), powered by Ancestry.com. Our speaker will provide an overview of the records included in ALE, how to log in and complete basic searches, and some tips for finding information that you might not otherwise discover.

This virtual program is geared toward people who have never used ALE or Ancestry.com, or who want a reminder of the basics.

Register online​ and​ attendees​ ​will receive an email including the Zoom room link upon registration. For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

  • Who:  12+ years old
  • Where: Schow's Zoom Room

This class is open only to Centre County residents and Schlow and Centre County Library & Historical Museum library card holders.

 

 

 

 


 

10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

10:00am

Kids: Find out what the Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest judges are looking for!

Improve your writing skills and discuss mistakes to avoid. 

  • Please come with writing questions and ideas, or one or two pages of your book for review after the class.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

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Repeats every month on January, February, March, April on the third Tuesday until Tue Apr 20 2021.
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us to read this month's selection!

January - The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

“Patchett is at her subtle yet shining finest in this gloriously incisive, often droll, quietly suspenseful drama of family, ambition, and home. . . . With echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in sync with Alice McDermott, Patchett gracefully choreographs surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with the need to be one’s true self.” ~Booklist

FebruaryThe Address Book by Deirdre Mask

"An entertaining quest to trace the origins and implications of the names of the roads on which we reside....The Address Book is [Mask's] first book, and she is already a master at shoehorning in fascinating yet barely germane detours just for kicks....Mask populates her daunting inquiries with a cast of stirring meddlers whose curiosity, outrage and ambition inspire them to confront problems ignored by indifferent bureaucracies." —Sarah Vowell, The New York Times Book Review

March - Wild Swans by Jung Chang 

"Her family chronicle resembles a popular novel that stars strong, beautiful women and provides cameo roles for famous men....But Wild Swans is no romance. It's a story...about the survival of a Chinese family through a century of disaster." – The New Yorker

April - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

“Eleanor Oliphant is a quirky loner and a model of efficiency with her routine of frozen pizza, vodka and weekly phone calls with Mummy. [She’s] a woman beginning to heal from unimaginable tragedy, with a voice that is deadpan, heartbreaking and humorous all at once.” –NPR.org

 

 

 

 


 

10:30am to 11:30am

Do you invest in the stock market?

​This class will introduce Schlow's newest online resource, ​ValueLine Library Elite, a free and reliable ​independent investment research and financial tool. You can "access a vault of investment research, approximately 3,400 stocks, data, expert analysis, and unbiased commentary with a time-tested and performance-proven Ranking System." (ValueLine.com, 2021)

Registration is required. 

  • Who: Adults
  • Where: Schlow Zoom Room 

 

 

 

 


 

July 14 2021

2:30pm

Learn how to say your name, greet others, sing songs, and more with our special guest Angeline Peterson!

Angeline is a doctoral candidate and Arabic instructor in the Department of African Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Recommended for grades 2-6.
  • Registration required.
  • Limit: 20. 
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 


 

July 13 2021

7:00pm to 8:00pm

If you are interested in alternative medicine, this is the class for you!

Acupuncture is a traditional medicine that has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years. Stimulating specific points on the body helps patients relieve pain or bring a general sense of wellness.

Insun Park, the Director of Administration & licensed acupuncturist at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Philadelphia,  will introduce the history and principles of acupuncture, 10 Meridian points on our body, and how to apply this knowledge in our daily life without a needle.

  • Who: Adults
  • Where: Schlow Zoom Room

 

 

 

 


 

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Schlow Centre Region Library presents 3D Printing!  This service is offered to the community to enable students, inventors, creators, and residents from all backgrounds to try their hand at printing in three dimensions.  Whether you need a replacement part for an RC car or are new to 3D design using various computer assisted design software, the Library is eager to help your creation become a reality.

Start Your Print Job!

What is 3D printing?  

3D printing is an additive manufacturing process that creates three-dimensional objects from a digital file.  The printer produces each layer of the object from the bottom up until complete.   

Equipment Available: LulzBot TAZ 6, printing with PLA filament

Guidelines:

  • A Schlow Library card is required to submit an object for printing.

  • Acceptable file format: .STL only

  • Color choice depends on PLA filament availability.

  • Designated Library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer.  Printing priority will be given to Library programs or activities.

  • Same day printing is not available.  

  • 3D printed objects may contain small bumps or rough edges.  These can be cleaned up using fine sandpaper.  Objects are printed from the bottom up.  If a 3D design contains overhangs or suspended parts, support material or rafts may be used.  These additions are easily removed by the patron.  The Library is not responsible for removing any supports or rafts.   

  • Users will be notified by email when their print job is completed and must pay for print jobs before object will be given.  

  • Objects which are not picked up within 10 business days will be recycled or become property of the Library.

  • The Library charges a $2.00 service fee per object plus the cost of materials. A cost quote will be emailed to the user prior to printing.

  • Refunds will not be given if an object has not printed correctly due to design errors.  Users may not request a new print in place of the original due to dissatisfaction with color, scale, quality, design, or other conditions pre-selected by the user.  Users will not be charged in cases of mechanical issues or other factors due to printer error.​

Disclaimer

Supervision of the use of the 3D printer by library staff does not constitute knowledge, or acknowledgement, of any potential final use of the 3D product, and the Library specifically disclaims any knowledge thereof.   

The Library’s 3D printers may only be used for lawful purposes.  Users will certify that printed objects are not:

  • Prohibited by local, state, or federal law

  • Deemed unsafe, dangerous, harmful, or poses an immediate threat to others

  • Considered obscene or inappropriate for Library environment

  • In violation of intellectual property rights, copyright, or trademark

**The library reserves the right to deny any 3D print request**

Recommended sites to find a design or create your own:

Thingiverse.com

 

3D Printing Help and Services are available at  

The Make Space
141 S. Fraser St.
State College, PA 16801
themakespace.com
Ph: 814.689.3103
Email: contact@themakespace.com

The UPS Store #5642
19 Colonnade Way, Suite 117
State College, PA 16803
Ph: 814.238.8001
Email: store5642@theupsstore.com

3Defying Prints, LLC
State College, PA
www.3defyingprints.com
Ph: 973.600.3011
Email: sales@3defyingprints.com

The Rivet
1224 N Atherton St
State College, PA 16803
www.therivet.org
Ph: 814.234.0200
Email: TheRivet@DiscoverySpace.org

Pick-up Service

Getting back to the Schlow You Know!

We are pleased to offer expanded hours where you can enter the lobby and retrieve your holds.

Getting your books and materials is still as easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1

Reserve Your items

  • Find the materials you would like to checkout on this website (or call 814.237.6236 during business hours), and request them.
  • Wait for an email or text (SMS) notification that your requests are available.
  • Note: depending on item and staff availability, this could be same-day or much longer.

Lobby Service Hours 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday 1pm - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm

Once you decide when you can come in*, move to the next step!

*If you prefer, you can schedule an appointment and we’ll have your books already checked out so you can grab and go!

 

Step 2

Come to Schlow and bring the following with you

  • The library card or library card number for every individual for which you wish to pick up materials.You may wish to prepare the My Library Card App with all of your family's card numbers.
  • A face mask.
  • Your patience as we adapt lobby service to safely meet everyone's needs. 

Parking

Parking is available in Schlow Library lot during regular business hours for free, and validation is required. You’ll find validation stations in the lobby and the Children’s Department. Personal vehicles must be removed from the lot when you leave the library to avoid being towed.

Follow the Red Footprints

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  • Wearing your mask, enter the covered walkway in front of Schlow near the parking lot's entrance.
  • Stand socially distanced from others while you wait.
  • Wait your turn to enter. Staff will help you get where you want to go!
  • If you are uncomfortable entering the building, ring the doorbell on the table and staff will be happy to retrieve your reserves for you. 

 

Step 3

You’re In! What to Expect In the Lobby

  • Safety First: Masking, social distancing, and COVID-19 protocols will continue.
  • Capacity: For the safety of patrons and staff, a limited number of patrons will be allowed in the building at one time. Please maintain social distancing until it is your turn to enter.
  • Self-Check Outs Available: Staff will be on hand to assist with check outs or account questions. No fines or fees will be collected.

 

Other Need-to-Know Info

  • Doorside pick-up, including text check-ins, will be discontinued.
  • Scheduled pick-ups remain the same.
  • Schlow book returns remain available to return materials at your convenience.
  • In-person browsing is here! We are happy to be able to offer browsing, but please be conscientious of your time in the building so that we can serve as many patrons as we can in equitable fashion.

Enjoy your library materials, and come to Schlow again soon!

 

 

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Call 814.237.6236

Thank you for your patience as we continue to expand our services.

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Read 50 books to your child, then pick a book to keep!

  1. Register and log your child's reading here.
    How do I register?
    How do I log my books? 
     
  2. Once you've read 50 books to your child and logged them online, stop in to the Children's Department to select your child's prize book!
     
  3. Other prizes, tickets, and parties do not apply to those under 3 years of age. 
     
  4. Keep reading! Check out our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program!
    Reading to your child early and often sparks a sense of curiosity and creativity that will last a lifetime. Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is an easy way to give your child the best possible head start. Register your little reader at the Children's Desk today! 
     
  5. Download our Children's Events Calendar to see what's happening at Schlow all summer long. (attached below)
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PA One Book author to visit Schlow April 30

 

When Momo, a flying squirrel, visits his relatives, he has a tough time fitting in at first. But his cousins learn to give him some time, make him feel welcome, and be open to try something new.

 

That’s what’s behind Zachariah OHora’s book, My Cousin Momo, this year’s Pennsylvania One Book selection. OHora will be visiting Schlow Centre Region Library at 9:30 and 10:30am Monday, April 30.  

 

A New York Times best-selling writer and illustrator, OHora took some time to talk about his book and how libraries made an impact on his life.

 

Schlow: Did you have a relative who was like Momo when you were growing up — or were you Momo to be in your family!?

OHora: Momo is a little based on my younger son, Teddy, which is why it’s dedicated to him. When he was really young he was quiet, a little mysterious, and he had large eyes that added to it. He was very observant and possessed a wicked sense of humor for a 4-year-old.

 

Schlow: A big lesson in the book for kids is to be open to try new things. Were you always someone who wanted to try new things?

OHora: I like to think I am. I have a curious mind. But I’ve also been known to make judgements on things, or assume it wasn’t my thing until later on in life I find I love that thing that I thought I didn’t care for 10 years earlier. So I try to keep that in mind and not dismiss things out of hand.

 

It’s also about managing your expectations. Sometimes that’s the key to being happier about a situation. Or maybe it’s just having flexibility in a situation and being open to surprises.

 

Schlow: Was there an inspiration for you to do this book, or how did the idea originate?

OHora: Someone gave me a picture of some Japanese flying squirrels and they were insanely cute. I got a little obsessed. The Japanese name for them is Momonga, which is where I got Momo’s name from. In an early version, he was clumsy on land but saves the day by becoming a living kite of sorts. But that was 16 or 17 drafts before the final one.

 

Schlow: There was another interview with you where you suggest to young artists to go to libraries, museums, and take walks. Were libraries an important part of your life growing up and also when you were aspiring to become an artist?

OHora: Taking walks and feeding your head at libraries and museums is crucial to any creative endeavor. But libraries have been a significant influence on my life. We grew up without a television, so we spent a lot of time at the library discovering books. But a library is also the place I saw Star Wars for the first time. I’m forever indebted to libraries and librarians for exposing me to all kinds of cool stuff. I tried to honor that in my book, The Not So Quiet Library. That has some basis from my childhood. Maybe not the giant monster part, but the rest of it!

 

Schlow: What is like for you to visit libraries and schools and see kids' reactions to something you created?

OHora: I find it very rewarding. Humbling, too. I feel lucky that there is an audience for the books that I do, and I’m blown away by the things that librarians and kids pull out of the books. If I have one of those moments where you know you are having a little positive impact on a child's life, that’s a real gift and one that keeps me doing what I’m doing.

 

A mantra that is a through line with all my books is “Stay Fuzzy and Hopeful,” and I hope that the books do just that for the folks that read and enjoy them.

 

Posted 3/30/2018

You spend hours putting together a PowerPoint presentation for a big meeting but you realize you don’t have the tech equipment necessary to show the presentation on a screen, allowing everyone to view it and discuss it. 

Let Schlow Library help you out!

The library has two digital projector kits that are available to check out for one week. The kits have everything you need to show off the work you’ve done. They include a BENQ digital projector with remote and all of the connections you need. The kits also come in an easy to carry case.

The projector kits are available at the Reference Desk or you can place a request online.

 

Posted 10/15/2019

Autumn 2020 Adult and Teen Calendar Image

This calendar features adult and teen virtual events for Autumn 2020!

Explore our new events calendar for exciting details about upcoming programs, including Frost Fest, for adults and teens! Download your digital copy now!

Downloads: 

Posted 9/11/2020

12:00am to 11:45pm
No registration necessary
10:30am

Best Bones Forever: Recommended for Grades K-5

Join us in the kitchen to discover how exercise and wise food selection work together to make your bones strong and healthy. Bring your sense of adventure - let's dance, cook, and taste! 

  • Limit: 14
     
  • Registration Required
     
  • Location: Downsbrough Community Room

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9:00am to 5:00pm

Drop-in activities for kids all day!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

Supplies are provided. Teen and adults of all skill levels are welcome!

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 814.237.6236.

 

No registration necessary
4:00pm

Today's movie at The State Theatre: Fences

A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

  • PG-13, 2016, 139 minutes
  • Cost: $5
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page!

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No registration necessary
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Supplies are provided. Teen and adults of all skill levels are welcome!

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, sewing, and fabrics Club. Novices are welcome!

  • When: 2nd Thursday of the month (no longer meeting the 4th Thursday, now starting at 6pm) 
  • Where: Sun Room

For more information, contact the Schlow Reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.com or 814.237.6236.

 

No registration necessary
Join us next time on:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 21 2018 except Sat Feb 17 2018, Sat Mar 03 2018, Sat Mar 10 2018, Sat Mar 31 2018, Sat Apr 07 2018, Sat Apr 28 2018.
11:00am

Experience stories, songs and art in 8 languages. Recommended for children ages 3-8 and their families.

Fun for speakers of all languages, including English!

  • Ages: 3 to 8
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room 
     
  • January 20 - Arabic
  • January 27 - Russian
  • February 3 - Turkish
  • February 10 - Korean
  • February 24 - Chinese
  • March 17 - Hindi
  • March 24 - German
  • April 14 - Igbo
  • April 21 - Snow make-up date

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

No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Join us for a discussion of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
 
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.
 
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
 
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Sun Room
No registration necessary
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Construct your very own miniature windmill, complete with spinning sails!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Boss Baby

A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.

  • PG, 2017, 97 minutes
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page! 

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Repeats every week every Wednesday 4 times.
9:30am

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

  • Recommended for 24 to 36 months.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate fall with Penn State’s Student United Way by making turkeys, decorating pumpkins, and creating popsicle stick art.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak

Join us for a discussion of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak

Eleven-year-old Gladys Cailiff can’t help but be impressed by her new teacher, Miss Spivey, who arrives in Threestep, Georgia, at the height of the Great Depression. After all, she’s never seen someone quite like her. Miss Spivey smokes, drives a truck, and reads to her class from the classic Thousand and One Nights. Inspired by the book, Miss Spivey decides to turn the annual town festival into a Baghdad bazaar, complete with characters from the stories, a camel, and sets custom-made by the Cailiffs’ gifted neighbor, Theo Boykin, an African American teenager. But when Miss Spivey’s progressive vision proves threatening to some, it triggers a chain of events that culminate in triumph and tragedy for the talented teen.

 

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Joyce's Sun Room
No registration necessary
6:30pm

NEW DATE - Kids: Wear your jammies and enjoy stories and songs!

Due to the winter weather, this event - originally scheduled for February - had to be rescheduled. Please join us on our new date!

Join the Penn State Music Service Club for a cozy evening concert. Our theme will be bedtime - we'll get a little bit sleepy and a little bit silly! Introduce your child to the magic of live music. 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
10:00am to 2:00pm

Build resume and interview skills!

The PA CareerLink new mobile center, The Link, will visit Schlow Centre Region Library on the fourth Tuesday of the month. This career center on wheels, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, will be parked outside Schlow.

The public is welcome to come and explore The Link, an ADA accessible mobile career center with seven computers, Internet access, printing, and a presentation screen. The Link offers a variety of services for jobseekers, including but not limited to career guidance, assistance with searching and applying for jobs, resume and cover letter review, and work readiness workshops and training provided by workforce professionals.

The Link provides services for Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties.

Like the Library the Link is free and open to the public, but space is limited.

  • Where: In front on Schlow, Allen St.
  • When: 10am to 2pm







 

No registration necessary
12:30pm to 2:30pm

A PA CareerLink® program for adults

Join PA CareerLink® for an interactive workshop that will focus on Penn State’s application and interview processes, job posting terminology, making your applications reflect Penn State’s designated core competencies, and understanding the “selection – job offer” process. 

Additionally, you will be able to review successful applications and talk directly with Penn State HR representatives.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

 

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10:00am

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

  • Ages 24-36 months
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 15
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
3:30pm to 4:15pm

Kids: An introduction to dance!

A combination of jazz, tap, and ballet. Presented by The Dance Academy of State College.

  • Recommended for ages 3-6
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 40
Registrations closed
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Repeats every month on September, November on the third Saturday 2 times.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Join us for the next LEGO building challenge!

Design your creation and pose for a picture to be displayed in our Lego Club Hall of Fame!

  • Recommended for grades 1-6. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Wednesday 2 times.
9:30am to 11:00am

Parents: Spend time with your little ones!

We provide the toys, you provide the play!

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

A Central PA SCORE Seminar with Christie Clancy

Social media has upended traditional marketing and advertising theory for many businesses. If you do not catch the wave, you could be left far behind in the race to profitability. It is becoming more complicated and more lucrative every day. Keeping on top of current trends can be a dizzying experience. This seminar is designed to clear away the fog and help you concentrate on those strategies that will give you the best return for your investment of time and/or money. Presented by SCORE Mentor, Christie Clancy.

Register online. ($5 donation suggested a the door. All proceeds go to Schlow)

  • Class size limit: 25
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

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12:00pm to 3:00pm

Kids: Celebrate National Plant a Flower Day by making cheery paper hyacinth flowers.

Where: Children's Department

No registration necessary
10:00am

Join us via Zoom for a special storytime with Miss Paula!

  • Recommended for ages 2-6, but everyone is welcome! 
  • Please register for this event. Those who register will be emailed the link to our Zoom meeting space.

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2:30pm

Are you interested in learning more about the world of puppets? Join Adam to make your own eyeball puppet to practice puppet manipulation.

Plus, learn about the parts of a story and characters in order to improvise scenes and simple stories.

  • Recommended for kids entering grades 2-5.
  • Registration required.
  • Limit: 20. 

You will need to have the following supplies to participate in the workshop:

  • Hot glue guns
  • Recycled/crafty materials
  • 2 ping pong balls - If you do not have ping pong balls, let us know and we can arrange for you to pick them up at the library.
10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.


 

 

 

 


 

6:00pm to 7:30pm

The September 9, 2020 Schlow Centre Region Library Board of Trustees' meeting was virtual and started at 6pm. Public input and attendance were welcomed by contacting Office Manager DJ Lilly via email or phone at (814) 237.6236 *210 through Tuesday, September 8. A recording of the meeting is shared below.

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10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

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Repeats every day every Monday and every Wednesday and every Friday until Sat May 01 2021 except Fri Jan 01 2021.
9:00am to 9:30am

Do you want to improve your English?

Imagine what could happen if you spent 30 minutes reading an English book 3 times a week?

The Adult ESL Book Group meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday virtually to read aloud together and have a discussion after each book!

 
  • When: Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9 am 
  • Where: Schlow Library Virtual Community Room

Currently reading: The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

To join the club or to ask a question, please email refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

 

No registration necessary
10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 


 

August 11 2021

10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 


 

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  • 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 814.237.6236 to have our staff pull it for you.

If you would like to request an item that is not in our catalog, use the Not in the Catalog form.

What Types of Items Can I Request?

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we are only circulating a limited collection of materials for the safety of our patrons and staff. We plan to resume access to additional collections as we expand our service capacity. Thank you for your patience as we work towards serving the community in a safe manner.

Items currently not requestable

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  • Games & Toys
  • Reference Materials
  • Instruments & Equipment
  • Community Passes

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Enjoy more than 700,000 books, films, tv shows, comics, and music, all from your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! There is no waiting with hoopla. Titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for later.

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Enrich young children’s reading experiences with TumbleBookLibrary, a treasury of picture books transformed into delightful video tales.


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Wondering if your child has outgrown TumbleBooks? No way! Simply shift to TumbleBookCloud Junior to find chapter books, nonfiction, and graphic novels, with optional audio narration.​


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TeenBookCloud is an online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content.


Can you Guess? How many items does Schlow Library have avalable in the Library?  (Physical items, not online)* a) 25,000 b) 155,500 c) 68,500

The answer is… 155,500 items physically located within Schlow Library! WOW!

This number does not include any of the online resources that you love, including the research databases, Freegal, Tumblebooks, Overdrive for eBooks, and more!

Please consider giving your support this Fall to help keep library resources updated for the community.

Thank you for visiting the page and enjoying the “Can You Guess” question!

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Do you miss browsing? Based on the information you provide below, our staff will personally develop a list of 5 titles for you to enjoy based on your interests within 5 business days. From the developed list of reading suggestions, you may place a request on some or all of the titles.

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So many books, so little time!

We all have long lists of books we plan to read or books that we have read. We keep them in journals, on GoodReads, and on other social media. Now, you can easily track the books you have read from Schlow by adding them to your list. Follow these simple steps to add a title.

From your account:

  • Go to your "checked out" list (login required).
  • Below the cover of each book is a link: "+ Add to List"
  • Click it and your book is saved for future reference.

Want to access or customize your lists?

From your account:

  • Go to "Lists"
  • On the lower left side of the screen find "My Lists"
  • Click "Create a List"

Need help? Call 814.237.6236 

Posted 6/23/2015

For those in Centre County who are blind or have a visual disability, the joy of reading and of books can be delivered right to their homes.

Schlow Centre Region Library is working with the state’s libraries for the blind and physically handicapped, with locations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, to help people become aware of the services available for those who are blind or have physical disabilities.

“We know that there is a need for services like the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in our community, but many may not be aware that something like this exists, or that it will mail materials directly to your home,” district library consultant Brady Clemens says. “We're really excited to be helping spread the word about this program!”

Through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), materials and equipment, which can bring the joy of reading to those who are blind, can be delivered to homes free of charge. People who are eligible to participate in the Talking Book Program can borrow audio recordings of many popular books and magazines. The books and magazines are recorded on a digital cartridge that can be played on a digital talking-book player.

Those same materials also are available for download in braille formats. Braille readers can use a refreshable braille display, which allows devices to be lighter and more user-friendly.

The digital talking-book players are lightweight, portable, and durable. They have high-quality sound, built-in audio instructions, variable-speed controls, and a sleep button.

NLS also has more than 14,000 children’s books in its braille and talking-book collection, so young readers who are blind or physically handicapped can enjoy reading.

The services available through NLS also can help veterans who have difficulty reading regular print, those with a physical disability that makes it difficult for them to hold the printed page, and students who are blind, have low vision, or have difficulty reading printed materials because of a physical difficulty. These services also are available if blindness or physical handicap is temporary — following a surgery, for example.

Schlow Centre Region Library also is proud to offer a Library by Mail service to people who are permanently or temporarily homebound but who may not have a disability that qualifies them for the services from the Library for the Blind. This free service is offered to any resident of Centre, Clearfield, Juniata, and Mifflin counties. Library materials are delivered to homes for free, and materials can be mailed back and returned to the library for free.

To apply for the Library by Mail service, simply complete and submit the online application that can be found at schlowlibrary.org. For more information, call the Schlow Library Reference Desk at 814-237-6236 or email librarybymail@schlowlibrary.org.

For more information on the services for the blind and physically handicapped and how to apply, visit the Reference Desk at Schlow Centre Region Library, call 1-888-657-7323, or go online to loc.gov/ThatAllMayRead.

 

Posted 10/1/2018

Bring kids in to enjoy Discovery Days

If your family is doing a staycation this Spring Break, which is March 9-15 for Penn State and the State College Area School District, Schlow Centre Region Library has a week full of Discovery Days in its Children’s Department that are sure to entertain the kids!

Discovery Days are held 11am to 2pm March 9 to 13, except for Thursday, March 12, when the activity will be held from noon to 3pm.

Here are the creative crafts that will be happening this year!

Monday, March 9: Make funny, fluffy sheep using doilies and construction paper.

Tuesday, March 10: Use ribbons and streamers to decorate a paper wreath kite to catch the spring breezes.

Wednesday, March 11: Make a colorful 3D rainbow with a pot of gold at its end.

Thursday, March 12: Celebrate National Plant a Flower Day by making cheery paper hyacinth flowers.

Friday, March 13: With March 14 being National Learn about Butterflies Day, learn some fun facts while creating butterfly artwork.

Some other events for children and adults happening at Schlow during Spring Break week include the Nittany Valley Writers’ Network presenting “The Heart and Mind of a Thriller” with local authors Jen Delozier and Sarah Stephens at 6:30pm Tuesday, March 10; Schlow Stitchers meeting at 6pm Thursday, March 12; Comics Club meeting at 4pm Friday, March 13; Saturday Stories Alive at 11am Saturday, March 14; and Go & Chess Clubs at 2pm Saturday, March 14.


 

Posted 3/5/2020

View pictures of prizes here: http://go.schlow.org/WRPrizes21

For Adults & Teens! Resolve to read more this year!

Register and start recording your reading at reading.schlowlibrary.org!

You loved the challenge of reading the winter away in 2020! Set your goal for this season. Read to win.

Adults and teens (12 and up) are invited to participate in Schlow Library's Winter Reading! Earn chances at fantastic prizes, and read to your heart's content during the cold months!

  • Sunday, January 31 -- Wednesday, March 31
  • We are where you are...even during Winter Reading! Our online system - reading.schlowlibrary.org - can be accessed anywhere, anytime.
  • Registration will open on Sunday, January 31...though you can join the fun through March.
  • Final Prize drawings will held on Monday, April 5, 2021.  

Read (or listen to) books and complete quests!

Register online at reading.schlowlibrary.org 

Did you participate in the 2020 Winter or Summer Reading Program?  If so, log in with your existing username and password to sign up! 

  • Let us know if you need our help!  Please email, refdesk@schlowlibrary.org and we can remind you of your username and/or change the password.    
  • If you have never participated in a previous Schlow reading program, you will need to create your Reading@Schlow username & password and provide some information. This will be your permanent and lifelong Reading@Schlow account and it will carry over each year.  
  • Once you are signed in, you can click on your profile to change the password.  

Set Your Goal! 

  • Go to your [DASHBOARD], and select a reading goal from the choices listed or enter your own. 
  • Goals can be changed only BEFORE the original goal has been met. 
    • For example, if your goal is 2 books, and you record 3 books, you will be unable to change your goal.
    • You may keep recording books beyond your goal.   
    • Minimum goal: 2 book 
  • Earn two bonus prize entries and a Dairy Queen gift card for reaching your goal.  
  • Goal Prize winners will be notified via email with instructions on what to do next in terms of picking up the DQ gift card.  Please don't come to the library and ask for it until you hear from us.  The staff that is working during our doorside hours may not be Adult Department staff so if you have any questions, please contact the Adult Department by email (refdesk@schlowlibrary.org) or phone (814.237.6236). 

Log Your Reading

  • Enter the book title and the author of the book you have read.
  • Optional: Describe why a friend should read this book, OR compose a 5- word summary of the book. "Like" other's comments by clicking on the [REVIEWS] tab.   

Complete the Quests!

  •  Locate the 5 reading challenges on the [QUESTS] tab.  Each completed quest is worth bonus entries into the Final Prize drawing.  
    • Reading Goal Quest
    • Basic Reading Quest 
    • Centre County Reads Quest
    • Book Bingo Quest 
    • Winter Activity Quest

Earn Entries for the Final Prize by: 

  • Completing Basic Reading Quest = 1 entry per book title and author
  • Completing Reading Goal Quest = 2 entries 
  • Completing Centre County Reads Quest = 1  entry
  • Completing Book Bingo Quest = 6 entries  
  • Completing Winter Activity Quest = 6 entries

Last day to record: March 31. 

Posted 12/29/2020

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This calendar features events for Summer 2021 for kids and families!

Explore our new Children's Department events calendar for exciting details about upcoming events for children and families! Download your copy today. 

Downloads: 

Posted 4/26/2021

12:00am to 11:45pm
No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: Examine honeycomb with bees eggs and larva...

...Feel beeswax, and taste some delicious honey with members of the Centre County Beekeeping Association!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm to 6:00pm

A Maker Week Event

Use our computers and 3D Printers to design and print your own cookie cutter! Projects will be completed here and you’ll be notified when they are ready to pick up.

  • Where: Schlow Library 2nd Floor Public Computers

 

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

Kids: Celebrate Earth Day with PSU's Student United Way!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
7:30pm

Today's movie at The State Theatre: An Evening of Silent Comedies

Grab a popcorn and enjoy five silent film comedies on the big screen! One Week, A Dog's Life, Never Weaken, The Cook, and The Extra Girl.

  • NR or TV-G, 1918-1923, 167 minutes
  • Cost: $5
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page!

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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate outer space with rockets, spaceships, and Penn State’s NSSLHA!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
10:00am

Kids: Sing, move, and play simple instruments with a certified Kindermusik teacher.

  • Recommended for infants to age 4
  • Limit: 12 children per session
  • The 11am group is currently full, but you may join the waitlist here.

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11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Build and decorate your own hot air balloon!

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

Kids: Join us for a fun reading and science program.

Today’s program features the book “The Sundae Scoop” by Stuart Murphy  to help us learn about combinations! 

Each child participant will receive a Buy One/Get One Free pass to the Discovery Space when they attend the M.A.T.H.H. program.

Sponsored by AAUW State College Branch.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Grades 1 to 5.
  • Limit: 20.

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

Kids: Come build a website to share with your friends and family, and learn how to keep updating and improving your site on your own!

  • Where: Children's Activity Room
  • Recommended for kids who have completed grades 4-6.
  • Limit: 5.

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Repeats every month on September, October, November, December on the third Saturday 4 times.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Take on a new building challenge.

Design your creation and pose for a picture to be displayed in our Lego Club Hall of Fame!

  • Recommended for grades 1-6. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Make your own charming frog and fly!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
9:00am to 11:30am

Your child's vision is important!

Make sure their sight is at its best with a free screening by a doctor from Nittany Eye Associates.

  • No registration necessary, but children will be evaluated on a first come, first served basis. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times.
10:15am

Stories, songs, and lots of movement - a storytime for babies on the go and their grown-up.

  • Recommended for 15 to 24 months.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Surprising Story of What Happened When a Group of Scientists Decided to Study UFOs

Join us as we investigate the mystery of unidentified flying objects! Dr. Greg Eghigian (Penn State, History) will discuss what happened after a scientific commission was funded by the U.S. government in 1966 to study UFOs. What the commission encountered changed the lives of many of those involved.

 
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Wall-E

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

  • G, 2008, 98 minutes
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page! 

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2:00pm

Kids: Today's topic is How Much, How Many, How Far, How Heavy, How Long, How Tall is 1000?

M.A.T.H.H.—Magical Adventures for Talented Heroines and Heroes

Students grades 1-5 discover a magical land where everyone speaks a universal language. Join fellow heroines and heroes as they listen to a story, learn a special language skill, engage in a creative hands-on activity, and discover an exciting new place to explore!  

Each participating child will receive a buy one get one free coupon to Discovery Space. 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Sponsored by AAUW State College
  • Registration required
  • Grades 1 to 5
  • Limit: 20
Registrations closed
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Author of Circe and The Song of Achilles

Schlow presents Author Spotlight, a new series bringing bestselling authors to the Centre Region. Madeline Miller will visit Schlow to discuss her novel, Circe and, in larger context, adaptations of classical themes. Circe hit bestseller lists last Spring and her retelling of this classic tale has caused a sensation in the literary world.

Book signing and sale to follow.

Register online to ensure seating. Walk-in seating may be limited.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

About Madeline

Madeline Miller’s first novel, The Song of Achilles, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times bestseller. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Before she was a novelist, Miller earned her BA and MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for more than 15 years. Her novels have been translated into more than 25 languages, and her essays have appeared in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly, and on npr.org.

About Circe

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. 

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

Praise for the Book

“Spellbinding…. in Miller’s conception, Circe is the hero of her own epic…. Miller has created a daring feminist take on a classic narrative...” O Magazine

 

Author Spotlight is sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State, Kish Bank, McQuaide Blasko, Schlow Library Foundation, Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, and Webster’s Bookstore & Café. Also with generous support from Nancy Eaton and Fred & Judy Sears.

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Repeats every week every Monday 4 times.
9:30am

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

  • Recommended for newborn to 14 months
  • Limit: 15 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
1:00pm

Kids: Join us for a family-friendly concert with Mr. Music and his guitar!

  • When:  11am and 1pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • First Night button NOT required.

Join us for one of Mr. Music's fabulous shows, and for drop-in activities in the Children's Department all day!

A little about Mr. Music (also known as Lenny Tepsich):

Guitar in one hand and his audience in the other, Lenny Tepsich greets children and they light up with anticipation.  When he leaves, they never forget having met Mr. Music.   He motivates kids with simple songs sung by children for generations as well as original tunes he writes just for them.  In 1988, his daughter’s kindergarten class nicknamed him Mr. Music (they couldn’t say Mr. Tepsich) and it stuck!

For over 30 years he’s been a featured performer at Hershey Park. He has performed at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, and festivals, schools, and libraries throughout the United States.

When Lenny is not performing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He looks forward to singing for the “next generation” and continuing his unending devotion to his love of music and children.

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Repeats every week every Monday 4 times. Also includes Mon Mar 16 2020.
6:00pm

This class is for parents with children ages 2-14.

Positive Parenting aims to promote children's development and manage children's behavior in a constructive and non-hurtful way. It is based on strong nurturing relationships, good communication, and positive attention to help children develop. 

  • Registration required and for the entire series only. 
  • Limit: 12. 
  • Childcare will be provided. Please note if that is needed in your registration. 
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

An educational Irish concert

Join us for an educational Irish concert with central Pennsylvania Celtic band Callanish!   Band members include Patty Lambert, Betsy Gamble, Holly Foy, and vocalist Louisa Smith. The band’s repertoire includes lively jigs and reels, haunting airs, and rollicking songs from Ireland, Scotland and elsewhere in the British Isles.  

  • Where: The Green Drake Gallery & Arts Center, Milheim PA.  

Kicking Off Centre County Reads with Callanish podcast

101 W Main St
Milheim, PA 16854
No registration necessary
5:30pm to 7:30pm

With SCORE mentor Marty Mehring

This program will focus on the key Human Resources (HR) considerations you should evaluate for your small business (SB) as to whether you handle them internally or outsource to a third party.  It focuses on what you need to do to strike a balance between the needs of your employees and the market-driven requirements of your SB as well as remaining compliant with the state and federal laws. Topics to be discussed include: creating a safe, healthy, and productive environment, communication, sourcing and hiring & employee retention, payroll & benefits, and training & development. 

  • Who: Adults
  • Where: SCORE Zoom 

** Please register Online. The Zoom information will be sent to registrants the day before the workshop. 

 

 

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6:00pm to 7:30pm

The June 10, 2020 Schlow Centre Region Library Board of Trustees' meeting was a virtual meeting starting at 6pm. Public input was welcomed via email to djlilly@schlowlibrary.org through Tuesday, June 9. A recording of the meeting is below.

No registration necessary
10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

6:00pm to 7:30pm

The November 11, 2020 Schlow Centre Region Library Board of Trustees' meeting was virtual and started at 6pm. Public input and attendance was welcomed by contacting Office Manager DJ Lilly via email at djlilly@schlowlibrary.org or via phone at (814) 237.6236 *210. A recording of the meeting is shared below.

No registration necessary
10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

10:30am to 11:30am

This class is all about how iCloud storage works.

Are you interested in getting the most out of your Apple product? Join us to learn how to backup files, share photos, and sync all your content across Apple devices as we go over the iCloud platform. Getting the most out of this class requires basic knowledge of your Apple products including iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac computers.

Registration is required. 

  • Who: Adults
  • Where: Schlow Zoom Room

 

 

 

 

 


 

June 29 2021

10:00am

Get a taste of what our spring and fall Toddler Learning Centre classes are like!

Class activities focus on topics that are relevant to your child’s development. We’ll have a mini-storytime and provide lots of caregiver and child resources through the virtual TLC classroom.

Today's theme is the ocean. Our class activity will be a jellyfish craft. Please gather paper plate, streamer or yarn or string, glue stick, and markers or crayons. Please do not feel obligated to collect these supplies prior to attending class. Observing the class activity is perfectly fine during class time and hopefully you will be inspired to try the activity together after class.

  • Recommended for children ages 18 to 36 months and their caregivers.
  • This is not a series - please register for each TLC class individually if you would like to attend all three weeks.
  • Registration required. 
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 


 

9:00am to 7:00pm

For Adults & Teens!

Create an origami kusudama flower with directions from our friends at Leonia Public Library. Fold just one, or a bouquet, and add some beauty to your day. Please note that double-sided tape or glue is recommended.

Limited Crafts to Go! bags are available at the reference desk beginning June 1st, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Make it! Then, take a picture and share it with us on social media @schlowlibrary on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

 

 

 

 

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 any service desk.

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Muzzy

Learning a language is fun and interactive with Muzzy Club. Take a break from workbooks and flash cards; give Muzzy's playful video lessons a try. With 9 languages to choose from, your family will be speaking a new language in no time!

Muzzy App Instructions

Summer Reading for Teens

Summer Reading doesn't end just because you got older. 

1. Register at schlowlibrary.org starting May 16th. Start tracking your reading on June 1st.

2.   Log your reading online! Record every 20 minute period. Every 20 minutes counts as an entry in the weekly drawing. These are digital drawings. There are no tickets. All reading counts!  eBooks, audiobooks, and comics, to name a few.

3.   Don’t stop reading! Reading at least 28 hours over the summer makes you eligible for the grand prize drawing of a Beats Headphones or a giant stuffed animal.  That’s 20 minutes a day. Every 20 minute period logged beyond that is an extra entry. The last day to record your time is August 17th. Log into your account to see your progress status bar.

4.  Want to have more fun and win more prizes? Stop by the display in front of the Reference Desk to pick the community passport and special games. Each completed passport or game you turn in at the  Reference Desk gets you an entry into a special drawing of your choice or another entry in the grand prize drawing. ​

    

Teens Register Here     Teens Log Your Reading                              

Ebsco eBooks

eBooks organized by subject for research and entertainment.

We are improving our Gadgets for Grownups series!

Years ago, as Library staff delved into emerging technologies, we excitedly began teaching others about iPads and eReaders. This endeavor was named Gadgets for Grownups. It has been a popular series intended to teach adults about new technologies. 

As our skills, and the technology itself, advanced we have expanded our class offerings. In order to highlight these diverse learning opportunities and to welcome a range of ages and skill levels, our technology classes for teens to seniors will fall under our new Schlow Labs program!

When you see a Schlow Labs poster or website event you'll find everything from basic computing to basic programming. Classes will clearly indicate appropriate age levels and targeted skills.

Need help setting up a new phone? We can do that. Have questions about how 3D printers extrude plastic to build objects? We can show you that too. 

And don't forget you can always make an appointment for an individual technology training session with Library staff - just give us a call or email. 

 

 

Posted 7/24/2017

Violence is American as Cherry Pie Nancy Burch Brassington

An Exhibition of Poetry and Art

A Poem in Our Eyes, the June exhibition in our gallery, is up now!

This creative, mixed-media exhibition features poems written by residents of the memory care unit at Centre Crest in response to art created by local artists. The show, organzied by Ridgelines Language Arts, "...honors the imaginations of those living with memory loss, and challenges conventional notions of disability." Both the poems and the artwork will hang in the Betsy Rogers Allen Gallerly until June 27.

For more information about Ridgelines and the programs they offer in the Centre Region check out their website.

Interested in purchasing one of the works on display? Contact Ridgelines to help get you in touch with the artist.

Like the library, this exhibition is free and open to the public.

Posted 6/6/2019

Zoom gatherings offer opportunity to practice English

Mina Youn knows the challenges that come with moving to the United State from another country and attempting to socialize and communicate with people within your new community. Youn, an adult services librarian at Schlow Centre Region Library, came to America around 20 years ago from South Korea, and most of her first several years were spent at home raising her children and being with other mothers from Korea.

“Even though it was a very meaningful and priceless time as a mother, I wished I could spare some time every day for myself to prepare to live in the new country,” Youn says. “Living in a foreign country is challenging, especially when you have to speak a new language.”

Youn is using her experiences to help new immigrants in the State College community who find themselves not only living in a new country but also unable to socialize and adapt to their new home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Three days a week, Youn leads Schlow’s ESL (English as a Second Language) Book Club via Zoom. The group meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 10 a.m. 

Each meeting lasts for 30 minutes, and participants take turns reading passages from a book — currently, the group is reading from Emma by Jane Austen. Anyone can join even if they haven’t attended from the start.

Youn was inspired to start the club at Schlow because of an online group she had participated in last fall.

“I joined a nationwide online book group by Korean immigrants,” she says. “Even though we are not native English speakers, it has been helpful in improving our speaking and listening, in addition to building a meaningful friendship.” 

Youn says one member of her ESL Book Club moved to State College in January, and before she was able to know anyone in town, the stay-at-home orders came down.

“She was very glad that she had a place to improve her English during this pandemic without any health risk,” Youn says. “I adopted this book club format with the hope of giving a chance to new immigrants to improve their English without coming to the library, which even when the building is open may be challenging to people with younger kids or without a transport. 

“State College is very diverse because of Penn State, and I think having this online book club should be beneficial to our new community members.”

To participate in the club or for more information, e-mail refdesk@schlowlibrary.org


 

Posted 4/24/2020

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!

  • Applicants 13-17 years old or younger can only submit a form in the library.  They are also required to complete a parent/guardian consent form. (Please note: We are not taking volunteers for the Summer Reading Program during the Summer of 2021 as the Program will take place entirely online.)
  • Volunteers 18 years of age and older can submit a form online and must submit the required background checks. 
  • Individuals needing community service hours should inquire before applying.

 

 
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2:00pm

Magical Adventures for Talented Heroines and Heroes

Students grades 1-5 discover a magical land where everyone speaks a universal language. Join fellow heroines and heroes as they listen to a story, learn a special language skill, engage in a creative hands-on activity, and discover an exciting new place to explore!

  • Where: Begins in Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room; ends at Discovery Space
  • Participants will be given a special pass to Discovery Space
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Sponsored by AAUW State College Branch
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12:00am to 11:45pm
No registration necessary
6:30pm

Kids: Wear your jammies or your favorite costume for a Halloween-themed book reading, accompanied by live music.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Make silly putty and scientist headbands, and experiment with gummy worms with the SPSEA!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Saturday 3 times.
11:00am

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

Spend your Saturday at the library!

  • Ages: 2 to 7
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
  • Please join us by 11:15am to participate in storytime activities.

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

No registration necessary
4:00pm

Today's movie at The State Theatre: King Kong (1933)

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

  • Passed | 1h 40min | Adventure, Horror, Sci Fi |7 April 1933 (USA) | Merian C. Cooper
  • Cost: $5
  • Where: The State Theatre
  • ​Parking: We have limited parking at Schlow, so please use one of the public parking areas while attending the movie. For ideas on where to park, please use the handy map attached to this page!

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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Take on a new building challenge!

Design your creation and pose for a picture to be displayed in our Lego Club Hall of Fame!

  • Recommended for grades 1-6. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
9:30am

My Cousin Momo author, Zachariah OHora, takes us behind the scenes of his fantastic book!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: Can we understand our place in the universe by listening to music made from outer space data?

Can we learn about hurricanes by making music based on how storms spin, grow, and move?  Look at science in a whole new way! By making scientific graphs into sound instead of pictures, how might we experience science differently?

Join Mark Ballora, professor of Music Technology at Penn State, as we explore the science of sound.​

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room


No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: Become a Junior Paleontologist!

Learn about how and where to find fossils and then dig for dinosaur bones!

  • Recommended for kids in grades K-5.
  • Limit: 50.
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

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9:30am

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

  • Recommended for newborn to 14 months
  • Limit: 15 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
6:30pm

With professional experience working in over 50 countries, Berdan will bring her knowledge to Schlow and discuss the importance of raising children to think globally and cross-cultural competency for all.

Stacie Berdan is an International Careers Expect, a Global Executive, and an Award-Winning Author. 

Copies of Stacie Berdan's book, Raising Global Children, will be available for purchase after the event.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies
No registration necessary
6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak

Join us for a discussion of The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak

Eleven-year-old Gladys Cailiff can’t help but be impressed by her new teacher, Miss Spivey, who arrives in Threestep, Georgia, at the height of the Great Depression. After all, she’s never seen someone quite like her. Miss Spivey smokes, drives a truck, and reads to her class from the classic Thousand and One Nights. Inspired by the book, Miss Spivey decides to turn the annual town festival into a Baghdad bazaar, complete with characters from the stories, a camel, and sets custom-made by the Cailiffs’ gifted neighbor, Theo Boykin, an African American teenager. But when Miss Spivey’s progressive vision proves threatening to some, it triggers a chain of events that culminate in triumph and tragedy for the talented teen.

 

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Joyce’s Sun Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Wednesday 4 times.
9:30am

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

  • Recommended for newborn to 14 months
  • Limit: 15 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
1:00pm

Kids: Enjoy a play all about everyone's favorite bear with a rumbly in his tumbly!

Join Winnie the Pooh and friends as they embark on yet another journey through the Hundred Acre Wood. What sticky situation could they be getting into this time? Presented by the Penn State Thespians.

  • Showtimes
    • Saturday, April 13: 11am and 1pm
    • Sunday, April 14: 2:30pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:15pm

This program is for parents and children ages 6-10 working together.

How do astronomers study and classify galaxies? Find out during 75 minutes of hands-on learning with an astronomer! This STEM Pillars program will focus on classifying different types of galaxies is for parents and children ages 6-10 working together.

  • This is a Penn State research project, so researchers will be present with video recorders.
  • Limit: 8 families. 
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
Registrations closed
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Kids: Learn basic building principles and create a Robot Dog or a Star Wars Walker.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Grades 3-6
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 8

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2:30pm

Kids: When it comes to adventure and imagination, no one beats Jack!

Come along with Jack in this out-of-this-world adventure through the solar system! Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 4 times.
9:30am

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

  • Recommended for 24 to 36 months.
  • Limit: 15. 
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Meet local authors and illustrators, read their books, and try some fun activities!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Join us for a discussion of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. 

 

All are welcome and registration is not required. Copies of the next book are available at each meeting. 

  • Where: The Joyce’s Sun Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Join PSU's NSSLHA to make popsicle stick heart bookmarks, paper plate ladybugs, and paper hugs.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
10:00am

Join us via Zoom for a special storytime with Miss Paula!

  • Recommended for ages 2-6, but everyone is welcome! 
  • Please register for this event. Those who register will be emailed the link to our Zoom meeting space.

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10:00am

Join us for storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy books, songs, fingerplays, and more.

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.
10:30am to 11:30am

From Idea to iTunes: Are you ready to start your podcast to thousands of listeners?

One of the best things about podcasting is that if you have an idea, a little spare time, and some basic equipment, you can add your voice to the more than 1 million podcasts available to listeners around the world. This session will cover the basics of planning, recording, editing, and promoting a podcast for yourself, your business, or your organization. You'll hear from David Pencek, creator of the Schlow Library podcast; Jenna Spinelle, host and producer of Democracy Works; and Bill Zimmerman, creator and host of Happy Valley Hustle.

Register online​ and​ attendees​ ​will receive an email including the Zoom room link upon registration. For more information, contact the Adult Department staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

  • Who:  12+ years old
  • Where: Schow Library Zoom Room

 

 

 

 


 

10:00am

Join us for a special Frost Fest storytime with a Children’s Staff Member!

Enjoy wintry books, songs, fingerplays, and more. 

  • Recommended for ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.

 

 

 

 


 

2:30pm

Ever made water flow uphill? Explore the science of gravity and air acting on water by creating and enhancing a colorful water siphon.

Join Jenny from Discovery Space to try a fun STEM-based activity!

  • Recommended for grades 1-5.
  • Registration required.

Materials Needed:

  • 3-5 flexible straws
  • Scissors
  • Strong tape (eg. duct tape) (you can also use plasticine or modeling clay)
  • Clear plastic cups or containers of different heights
  • Water
  • Basin or tray to catch water

  • Optional: food coloring
  • Extension:
    • Plastic bottle (1-2L) and cap
    • 3-4 push pins

 

 

 

 


 

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Repeats every month on February, March, April on the fourth Wednesday until Wed Apr 28 2021.
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us to read this month's selection!

January -  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

A riveting read, not only as an action-packed, fictionalized account of the first mobile library in Kentucky but also a celebration of the tough, smart women who made it happen - on horseback. Exhaustively researched and action-packed, “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” is a gripping, revelatory read.” - Daily Press, Virginia

February - The Island of Sea Woman by Lisa See 

“The fierce free-diving women on the Korean island of Jeju are the subject of Lisa See’s mesmerizing new historical novel that celebrates women’s strengths—and the strength of their friendships.”—Oprahmag.com

March - The Address Book by Deirdre Mask 

"An entertaining quest to trace the origins and implications of the names of the roads on which we reside." —Sarah Vowell, The New York Times Book Review

April - Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

"A poignant reminder of both the strides women have made since the 1950s and the barriers that still hold them back. An ambitious look at how women's roles have changed—and stayed the same—over the last 70 years.” —KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

 

 

 


 

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Bring the world to your home and community!

The American Councils for International Education manages high school student exchange programs on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Each year, the American Councils places exceptional young people from over 20 countries in communities across the United States through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program and the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program.

Join us to learn more about these U.S. Department of State sponsored student exchange programs and the benefits cultural exchange may offer your family, school, and community. We will be joined by a former host family and a representative from the American Councils for International Education. Whether you are a student, a potential host family, or an educator interested in cultural exchange, all are welcome to join this presentation and discussion.

 

  • Who: Adult 
  • When: Wednesday, June 16, 7pm
  • Where: Schlow's Zoom Room 

 

 

 

 


 

July 15 2021

2:30pm

Learn how to engage kids in meaningful journal activities that build a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Participants will receive a free startup guide after the class. Presented by Theresa Hurst.

  • Recommended for parents of children ages 2-6.
  • Registration required.
  • Limit: 50.
  • Please note: This event is virtual and will be held via Zoom.

 

 

 

 

 


 

12:00pm

Enjoy a concert from the best seat in your house!

Schlow Library is pleased to invite you to "A Musical Journey Through Tails and Tales" this summer. Talented young musicians across Centre County will perform beautiful classical pieces.

 

You can watch the concert below or on the Schlow Youtube Channel.

 

 

                                 Concert Program

Widmung by R. Schumann                    Rachel Flicker

Clair de Lune by C. Debussy                 Ian Smith 

Polonaise Brillante by H. Wieniawski     Brian Curtin  

Valse des Fleurs by P. Tchaikovsky       Ellie Kim & Parker Konkle

Souvenirs  by S. Barber                         Ellie Kim & Parker Konkle

Danza de la Mariposa by V. Coleman    Megan Russel

 

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Going on vacation or just got too much to read and won't have time for that upcoming bestseller.  Suspend that request!

Suspending a request will keep your place in the queue until the request is activated again. To suspend a request:

  • After you log in, go to Manage Requests.
  • Select the check box next to each item that you would like to cancel.
  • At the top, click on Other Action and choose Suspend Requests.
  • Select the date you would like the suspension to end.
  • The page will refresh and a message will appear saying your request was successfully suspended.

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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.

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Jobs

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!

If you would like to apply to one of our Page positions, please follow this process.

For other inquiries, completed job applications are accepted at all times and are kept on file for one year.

You can expect a lot from working at Schlow Centre Region Library. Join our team of creative, enthusiastic individuals who work to better our community by providing quality public resources. We provide free and open access to all ideas, information, and content to our diverse community while honoring confidentiality. We embrace challenges by adapting to our rapidly changing environment.

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Build a Better World

Registration begins Monday, May 15, 2017!

Register and log your child's SummerQuest books and activities, bonus reading days, and Pizza Party reading here.

SummerQuest

1. ​Log your book titles and activities online at reading.schlowlibrary.org

2. After logging your reading and activities online, come to the Children's Desk to discuss your reading, and show off what you've made, learned, or created. If you went on an adventure, bring us photos to show us where you went. This is a requirement of the SummerQuest, so please don't forget!

3. Participants must complete two genre and activity pairs to earn one prize. Participants may earn up to five prizes, plus a prize book and a badge. 

4. Complete 10 genre and activity pairs to receive a prize book and a badge to keep! 

Additional SummerQuest details:

  • Everyone who completes the SummerQuest activities will receive a prize! 
  • Ages 3 to 12 only. 
  • Each child may only complete the SummerQuest once per summer.
  • For our younger readers, it may help your child to bring the book along when checking in.
  • Listening to an audiobook counts as reading a book.
  • Maximum of two SummerQuest check-ins per week, please.
  • The SummerQuest begins June 1, 2017 and final check-ins must be completed by Wednesday, August 16, 2017 to receive a prize.
  • Most SummerQuest prizes have expiration dates. Please take note. Prizes are available on a first come, first served basis!

Go above and beyond by reading every day!

Earn tickets for every day that you read a minimum of 20 minutes! Use these tickets to enter the drawings at the Library for a chance to win special bonus prizes. 

  • Log on to our website to keep track of your reading days. 
  • Read 21 days in a row and receive 25 extra tickets! 
  • Check in at the library to receive your tickets and place them in the prize drawing box of your choice. 
  • Getting hand cramps? Visit the Patron Services desk to print a sheet of 80 labels with your child's name and phone number for just $1.00! 
  • The last day to check in for tickets will be Wednesday, August 16. The final prize drawing will be held on Thursday, August 17

Pizza Parties - read 3,500 pages between June 1 to July 31 and log them online to qualify!

Preschool Pizza Party
Thursday, August 3 at 1pm
Downsbrough Community Room, Schlow Library

  • To attend this pizza party, children must be between 3 to 5 years of age. Parents should remain at the party; however, pizza will only be provided for the children who earned their spot.
  • Participation goal: 3,500 pages read by July 31.
  • To earn a spot at the Preschool Pizza Party at Schlow Library, each child must read or listen to 3,500 pages between June 1 and July 31.
  • Register for our Summer Reading Program online and log the number of pages read throughout the summer for each child on the Pizza Party log online.
  • The online Pizza Party log will automatically tally your pages read.
  • Once the total is over 3,500 pages, come to the Children's Desk to receive your Preschool Pizza Party permission slip.
  • Return permission slips by Wednesday, August 2, 2017.

School-Age Pizza Party
Thursday, August 10 at 1:30pm or 3pm
Hi-Way Pizza, 1688 N. Atherton St., State College

  • To attend this pizza party, children must be ages 5-12, have completed Kindergarten, and be able to sit at the party without a parent. (Due to space constraints, parents may not remain in the party area.)
  • Participation goal: 3,500 pages read by July 31.
  • To earn a spot at the School-Age Pizza Party at Hi-Way Pizza, each child must read or listen to 3,500 pages between June 1 and July 31.
  • Register for our Summer Reading Program online and log the number of pages read throughout the summer for each child on the Pizza Party log online.
  • The online Pizza Party log will automatically tally your pages read.
  • Once the total is over 3,500 pages, come to the Children's Desk to receive your School-Age Pizza Party permission slip.
  • Return permission slips by Friday, August 4, 2017.

What to do next: Check in at the library!

  • SummerQuest: Up to twice per week.
  • Daily Reading Tickets: Once per day. 
  • Please note: Check-ins end 30 minutes before the library closes. 

Download our Children's Events Calendar to see what's happening at Schlow all summer long. (attached below)

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When Schlow Centre Region Library opened 61 years ago, it was volunteers who played a major role in helping to start the Library. Eighth-graders went through the local neighborhoods and collected books for the first public library in State College.

Volunteers still play a vital part in Schlow’s efforts to serve the public. Last year, Schlow had about 100 volunteers who worked in the Library in year-round positions and nearly 35 more who helped during the summer for the Summer Reading Programs.  Volunteers totaled 7,300 hours at Schlow — or the equivalent of 3.5 full-time employees!

While Schlow always loves to celebrate its volunteers, April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week! It’s a special chance to say Thank You to those who are volunteering or have volunteered in the past to help the Library become the special community place it is.

“The volunteers at Schlow Library are the backbone to the services that we are able to provide to our patrons,” says Diane Schmidt, Head of Technical and Volunteer Services at Schlow. “From the beginning of Schlow, our volunteers have stepped up to provide additional support that keeps us moving forward in both our local and the library communities. There are not enough words to thank them for the solid foundation they have built and future that they help us envision.”

Schlow volunteers do a variety of jobs, including:

• They work in the Book Return Room where they check in and sort books and other library materials.

• They are assistants in the Children’s Department where they assist with art and craft projects, pick up areas, and shelve books.

• They are assistants in the Adult Department where they shelve books, clean CDs, books and DVDs, and perform minor repairs to library materials.

• They are assistants in the Technical Services Department where they process new materials for circulation.

• They adopt a shelf where they shelf-read an assigned area of books or other materials and correctly re-shelve any misplaced items, pull items for end-of-shelf display, and keep the assigned area neat and organized.

“Schlow is an important community resource that serves all,” says volunteer Barbara Ziff. “Spending time here has helped me realize what a broad spectrum of the community is well served by this institution, even beyond the borrowing of books.”

Originally from Taiwan, Peiying Yang says volunteering has helped her make new friends and communicate with new people.

“As a foreigner, it’s my best experience in State College,” she says. “I am so glad to volunteer here.”

Thank you to all our Schlow volunteers — and to volunteers across the Centre Region who help serve this community by giving of their time to help others.

 

Posted 4/13/2018

Check out book displays at Schlow

Each year, in the weeks leading up to Hanukkah, libraries and other organizations around the country celebrate Jewish Book Month. Sponsored by the Jewish Book Council, the annual event is a celebration of Jewish literature.

This year’s Jewish Book Month takes place November 22 through December 22, when Hanukkah begins at sundown. Founded in 1944, the Jewish Book Council is the longest-running organizations devoted exclusively to the support and celebration of Jewish literature.

Schlow Centre Region Library participates in Jewish Book Month with displays in both its Children’s Department and Adult Services.

“The Jewish Book Month display in the Children’s Department will feature many notable authors, including Jane Yolen, Judith Kerr, Judy Blume, Louis Sachar, and Daneil Handler, just to name a few!” says Paula Bannon, Schlow’s head of Children’s Services. “We are proud to feature these wonderful authors and many others in the library during this month and throughout the year.”

Maria Burchill, head of Adult Services at Schlow, adds, “In Adult Services, the Jewish Book Month display features new and classic works by Saul Bellows, Markus Zusak, Faye Kellerman, and many others. This display moves quickly, so there are always new titles to peruse.”

Jewish Book Month started as Jewish Book Week and was founded by Fanny Goldstein in 1925. Goldstein, who died in 1961, was a librarian and social activist. She was the first Jewish woman to direct a branch library in Massachusetts. While working at Boston Public Library’s West End branch in Boston, she focused on teaching Americans about themselves and one another. According to her biography, she built and published collections of books with specific ethnic concentrations.

Jewish Book Week grew to become National Jewish Book Week and the Jewish Book Council of America, of which Goldstein served as lifetime honorary president. Jewish Book Week became Jewish Book Month in 1943.

“No matter what culture you’re from, we hope you want to learn more about other cultures operating alongside you in society. A lot of the topics [in books from Jewish authors] are quite universal even though there’s a specific lens we’re looking at,” Jewish Book Council executive director Naomi Firestone-Teeter said in an episode of the Schlow Library Podcast. “Because the Jewish Book Council, we’re nondenominational, we’re not political, we sit at the center of a lot that is going on, so we offer a diverse spectrum of books that are diverse access points to people who are interested who are Jewish but also people who are not Jewish but looking to explore the world in a greater way.”

For more information about Jewish Book Month and the Jewish Book Council, visit http://Jewishbookcouncil.org.

 

Posted 11/14/2019

Schlow's Grab and Go Book Sale

Available during doorside hours!

We've selected and bagged gently used books you're sure to love--to read or share. Pick up your grab-and-go surprise for a suggested donation of just $5 anytime during regular doorside hours. This is a fun way to support Schlow while getting some unexpected new books. Each bag is offered "as is." Unfortunately, we can't substitute titles. Please be ready to pay with exact change or donate your $5 online.

Schlow's Grab-and-Go Book bags are selected and assembled specially by Schlow staff. They include popular and bestselling books, as well as past community reads picks. The choices change weekly. While you're waiting for us to gather your holds, consider picking up a bag and supporting Schlow at the same time!

*For patrons interested in donating used books, note that we are not accepting materials at this time. Please contact the AAUW or our friends at Websters' Bookstore and Café.

 

Posted 9/16/2020

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Repeats every week every Saturday until Mon Sep 05 2016 except Sat Dec 24 2016, Sat May 27 2017, Sat Sep 02 2017, Sat May 26 2018, Sat Sep 01 2018.
1:30pm to 5:00pm

Come and play! The Go Club meets every Saturday.

Come to Schlow every Saturday to join people of all ages in games and lessons. 

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

 

No registration necessary
10:30am

Kids: Experience the traditional Turkish art of paper marbling called "Ebru".

 Watch a demonstration and then try it out! 

  • Recommended for ages 7-12
  • Registration Required
  • Limit: 10
  • Please bring an apron or old shirt to wear to protect clothing

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6:00pm to 7:30pm

For all teen Summer Reading participants

All teen summer reading participants are invited to our pizza and ice cream party!  Board games, crafts, door prizes, and an ice cream sundae bar. 

Bring a friend or two!  

Please register so we know how much food we will need.  Thank you.   

  • Where: Schlow Library Community Room

Sponsored by the Schlow Library Foundation

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