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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: Have a hoot of an afternoon!

Make owl prints, decorate an owl, and learn basic signs with Penn State’s Sign Language Organization!

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

A Maker Week Event

Bring your own creations - 3D printed, fabricated, built, sewn, or otherwise - to the Mayor Welch Plaza at the State College Municipal Building. 

  • Where: Mayor Welch Plaza, State College Municipal Building. 

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No registration necessary
12:30pm to 2:00pm

A discussion with poet Laura Mazza-Dixon

Laura Mazza-Dixon will discuss her poetry in a moderated discussion with Mary Rohrer-Dann, a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Penn State University.   

Bring a bagged lunch and join the discussion.  Book sales and signing to follow.  

  • Who: Poet Laura Mazza-Dixon with Mary Rohrer-Dann, Senior Lecturer in the English Department, Penn State University
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
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. 
No registration necessary
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
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
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved Bird

Join us for a discussion of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved by Katie Fallon

Turkey vultures, the most widely distributed and abundant scavenging birds of prey on the planet, are found from central Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, and nearly everywhere in between. In the United States we sometimes call them buzzards; in parts of Mexico the name is aura cabecirroja, in Uruguay jote cabeza colorada, and in Ecuador gallinazo aura. A huge bird, the turkey vulture is a familiar sight from culture to culture, in both hemispheres. But despite being ubiquitous and recognizable, the turkey vulture has never had a book of literary nonfiction devoted to it—until Vulture. Floating on six-foot wings, turkey vultures use their keen senses of smell and sight to locate carrion. Unlike their cousin the black vulture, turkey vultures do not kill weak or dying animals; instead, they cleanse, purify, and renew the environment by clearing it of decaying carcasses, thus slowing the spread of such dangerous pathogens as anthrax, rabies, and botulism. The beauty, grace, and important role of these birds in the ecosystem notwithstanding, turkey vultures are maligned and underappreciated; they have been accused of spreading disease and killing livestock, neither of which has ever been substantiated. Although turkey vultures are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes harming them a federal offense, the birds still face persecution. They’ve been killed because of their looks, their odor, and their presence in proximity to humans. Even the federal government occasionally sanctions “roost dispersals,” which involve the harassment and sometimes the murder of communally roosting vultures during the cold winter months. Vulture follows a year in the life of a typical North American turkey vulture. By incorporating information from scientific papers and articles, as well as interviews with world-renowned raptor and vulture experts, author Katie Fallon examines all aspects of the bird’s natural history: breeding, incubating eggs, raising chicks, migrating, and roosting. After reading this book you will never look at a vulture in the same way again. 

 

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
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Kids: Celebrate a rainy spring with a mobile!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Join us for a discussion of Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

 
 

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
10:00am to 3:00pm

For all ages

Start the summer with a Blast-Off at Schlow Library! The day will be filled with events and activities, including appearances by Batman Minion, Minnie Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh!   

  • 10am-1pm: Visit the table outside on the corner of Beaver Ave & Allen St. for book trivia with Schlow librarians, learn about WPSU's summer schedule, or enjoy a free sample acai bowl from Frutta Bowls.   
  • 10am: Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra's Allegheny Winds (with special guest, founder Douglas Meyer) concert 
  • 10am-2pm: Meet Batman Minion, Minnie Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh in the Children's Department.
  • 10am-3pm: Stock up on books for the summer during our Usborne Book Fair. Every book you buy helps Schlow earn new books for the Children's collection! (Schlow Art Gallery)
  • 11am: Nittany Knights Barbershop Chorus concert 
  • 2pm: Magic Show by Ran'D Shine 

 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room (unless noted)

 

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

Kids: Use craft sticks to create a building from your life or from your imagination!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Join us to play Bingo and win fabulous books!

  • 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
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Memoir writing workshop with Beth McLaughlin.

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

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

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

 

 

  • Where: Musser Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Wednesday 4 times.
11:00am

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

Where: Children's Activity Room

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

Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins

Join us for a discussion of Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events, inspiring Outside magazine to name him “The Fittest (Real) Man in America.”

In Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential. 

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

 

You can download this book through Hoopla.

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July 14 2020

3:30pm

Today’s topic: Polygons and Shapes.

Math is a universal language that helps us in many ways every day. You may not even know that you are using math at home. This program is presented by AAUW State College. 

  • To participate in this program, you’ll need:
    • paper
    • crayons (or pencils or markers)
    • scissors
    • a ruler
    • the activity sheet attached below
       
  • Grades 1-5.
  • Registration required. (Please note: The Register Now button is at the very bottom of this page, underneath "Attachments.")
  • Limit: 20.


 

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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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Supporting Libraries, Serving You


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

Interlibrary Loan

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

Library by Mail

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

Downloadable eBooks and Audio Books

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

Adult Summer Reading registration begins May 15th, Program begins June 1st

Welcome to the Summer Reading program at Schlow! Our new website gives us the opportunity to add new elements, including Quests and setting your own Goals! Check out the program rules below.

You can register here.    

  • Register and Remember Your Username and Password

    • Create your Reading@Schlow username and password and provide some information about you. This is your permanent Summer Reading Username and it will carry over through each year. Please remember the username and password you made. You can reset your password if needed.

  • Set Goals    

    • From your Dashboard, choose your Reading Goal. From the Prizes Tab, choose which grand prizes you want to be eligible for. To be eligible for Grand Prize Drawings you must set and reach a goal.

  • Log Your Reading

    • Go to your Reading Log tab. Record each book you read. Each book is worth an entry into the Weekly Drawings. Once you reach your Reading Goal you are entered into the Grand Prize Drawings.  You can earn more entries by completing Quests. The last day to log your reading is Wednesday, August 16.​​

  • Complete Quests

    • Log in and go to your Quests tab to see all available challenges. Each completed Quest is worth another entry into Grand Prize or Weekly drawings.

GALE Virtual Reference Library

Reference eBooks on American history, multicultural studies, and more

Pencil and paper checklist

Try "Add to List" from your account at Schlow

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

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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

Author Visits!

Elizabeth Rush

When: 7pm Monday, March 23

Where: Schlow's Downsbrough Community Room

Alice McDermott

When: 7:30pm Thursday, April 16

Where: HUB-Robeson Center's Freeman Auditorium

Elizabeth Rush, Alice McDermott highlight spring events

A pair of visits from award-winning authors — both finalists for Pulitzer Prizes, and one a winner of the National Book Award for fiction — highlight Schlow’s spring calendar. 

On Monday, March 23, Schlow hosts “An Evening with Elizabeth Rush.” Then on April 16, our Centre County Reads schedule is capped off with a visit from Charming Billy author Alice McDermott in the HUB’s Freeman Auditorium.

Presented in collaboration with the Sustainability Institute at Penn State and the Schlow Library Foundation, “An Evening with Elizabeth Rush” features the acclaimed author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, which was a finalist last year for the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. The free program begins at 7pm in the Downsbrough Community Room and book signing and sales follow.

In Rising, Rush shares firsthand testimonials from those living in the areas most affected by climate change, including a Staten Islander who lost her father during Hurricane Sandy and the remaining members of a Native American community on a drowning Isle de Jean Charles in Louisiana. Rising bears witness to the extreme impact of coastal changes on individuals, communities, and economic well-being.

Charming Billy won the National Book Award for fiction in 1998. Selected as the Centre County Reads book for 2020, Charming Billy “is a study of the lies that bind and the weight of familial love, of the way good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide. … Billy Lynch’s family and friends have gathered to comfort his widow, and to pay their respects to one of the last great romantics. As they trade tales of his famous humor, immense charm, and consuming sorrow, a complex portrait emerges of an enigmatic man, a loyal friend, a beloved husband, an incurable alcoholic.”

McDermott has published eight novels, including her latest, The Ninth Hour, in 2017. Three of her novels (After This, At Weddings and Wakes, and That Night) were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

The free event begins at 7:30pm with a book signing to follow.

Centre County Reads coordinators are the Center for American Literary Studies, the Center for Global Studies, Centre County Libraries & Historical Museum, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Schlow Centre Region Library, the State College, Philipsburg-Osceola, Penns Valley, and Bellefonte area school districts, and Schlow Library Foundation. Partners for Centre County Reads 2020 include Penn State’s Creative Writing Program’s Mary E. Rolling Reading Series. For more information, visit http://centrecountyreads.org

 

Posted 2/22/2020

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7:30pm

Interview, Reception, and Book Signing with Penn State Reads Author at Days Inn

The public is invited to "Meet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah" in an interview by Ellysa Cahoy. Americanah won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was named one of The New York Times “Ten Books of the Year.” Adichie's 2009 TED talk, "The Danger of a Single Story," has garnered more than 7 million views. Watch it here.

A reception and a book signing will follow.

  • Where: Days Inn Penn State, 240 S. Pugh Street

This author visit is sponsored by Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH), the Penn State Reads Program, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, and the University Libraries; the Pennsylvania Humanities Council; and Schlow Centre Region Library.

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

Death Note, Vol. 1

Read Graphic Novels

Comic fanatic? Want to see your creations go from concept to creation? Join Joel and Maria as they discuss this winter's graphic novel choice, Death Note, Vol. 1, Boredom by Tsugumi Ohba, and walk us through more comic creation fun!

  • Where: Conference Room
  • When: February 6, 2pm-4:00pm

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2:30pm

Kids: Join us for an exciting play by the Penn State Thespians!

Our favorite redheaded French girl, Madeline, finds herself in some wacky situations and learns a thing or two about manners along the way!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community 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
2:00pm to 4:00pm

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

  • Where: 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, 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
6:00pm to 10:00pm

Living In One Neighborhood

Join your friends and family at this year’s LION Bash! The Living In One Neighborhood Bash is 6 to 10 p.m. August 29 between the 100 and 200 blocks of South Allen Street.

Schlow Library will be participating in the bash once again. Visit the tables outside the library and hear what the future holds for you from Schlow’s “fortune teller,” show off how much “book trivia” you know, enjoy some fortune cookies, and, if you don’t already have one,  sign up for a Schlow library card!

Several other community members, organizations, and businesses will have interactive booths at the bash, and visitors will have a chance to win great prizes. Food from local establishments such as Rita’s Italian Ice, ElGringo Taco Truck, and Ye Olde College Diner will be served. And live entertainment includes student performers from Penn State, The Adorabulls, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats, and Velvetta.


Visit LION Bash and discover the various resources the State College community offers!

  • Where: 100 and 200 blocks of South Allen Street   
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

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
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Monday 4 times.
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
Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
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Repeats every week every Wednesday 5 times.
10:00am

Join us in the Downsbrough Community Room - a place for you to play with your child and talk with other parents.

  • Ages: 18 to 36 months
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
     
  • Wednesdays at 10am
    • March 13
    • March 20
    • March 27
    • April 3
    • April 10

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

 

Please call 814.237.6236 to join the waitlist.
5:30pm to 7:30pm

With SCORE mentor Marlene Jensen

UPDATE 5/18/20 - This workshop has been canceled due to speaker illness. We hope to reschedule at a later date.  

Is your business throwing away money? Money your customers would be delighted to pay you — if only you asked (through different pricing)? Learn how much more profitable you could be.

Non-profits -- Do you have “Suggested donations” or “Membership levels”?  Just changing your “suggested donation“ levels can substantially increase what people give. Some tweaking to your membership levels can also increase your funds! Taught by SCORE mentor and Lock Haven University professor Marlene Jensen.

  • Who: Adults
  • Where: SCORE's Zoom Room
  • When: Thursday, May 21, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

** Register Online. The Zoom link will be sent to registerants before the meeting.

 

 
Registrations closed
12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Escape from Planet Earth

Astronaut Scorch Supernova finds himself caught in a trap when he responds to an SOS from a notoriously dangerous alien planet.

 
  • PG, 2013, 89 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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No registration necessary
2:00pm

Kids: Today's topic is Stars!

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

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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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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Join Penn State's SPSEA to make a bookworm pencil topper, school bus photo frames, and more!

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

Kids: Frog and Toad is a story of two best friends.

Whether Frog plants a new flower for his garden or Toad embarks on an unexpected adventure, you can always expect them to do it together! 

  • Showtimes
    • Saturday, December 7 at 11am
    • Saturday, December 7 at 2:30pm
    • Sunday, December 8 at 2:30pm

Presented by the Penn State Thespians

Where: Downsbrough Community Room

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

Are you worried about the security of your online life?

This introductory course will orient you to a few key tools to protect your data in a world that increasingly values privacy less and less.  Protect your browsing habits, personal communications, and critical documents from phishing, data mining, prying eyes, and more.

  • Who:  Adults
  • Where: Schlow Library Musser Room

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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Meet local authors and illustrators, read their books, and try some fun activities!

Where: Children's Department

Books featured will include:

1. The Castor Oil Rig Tales by Sue Partenheimer 

2. A to Z Animal Antics by Michael Bourgo

3. Maxwell, the Raindrop Who Wouldn't Fall by Joseph Moore
 

 

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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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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.

July 15 2020

4:00pm to 4:30pm

Book Trailer Screenings

Featuring some of our favorites and a discussion of what makes a good book trailer - the music, the images, etc.? 

Please register to attend.  The Zoom information will be sent to you the day prior to the event.  

  • Who: 12 -17 years old
  • When: Wednesdays, 4- 4:30pm 
  • Where: Schlow's Virtual Zoom Room9

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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.

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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

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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!

Book Return Room

  • Check in books and other library materials using library computer system
  • Sort Schlow Library materials and place them on appropriate carts in a specified order
  • Identify and check in materials that will be shipped to other libraries
  • Identify and check in Interlibrary Loan materials
  • Identify materials that are on request for Schlow patrons

Job requirements: strong attention to detail and accuracy; ability to stand, lift, bend, and stoop for extended periods; ability to work alone in an enclosed space with no windows; ability to handle a fast work pace.
 

Children’s Department Assistant

  • Shelve books and other library materials
  • Pull books and other materials for displays
  • Assist with occasional art and craft projects
  • Pick up, straighten, and otherwise keep the department areas neat

Job requirements: good vision; strong attention to detail and accuracy; ability to stand, lift, bend, and stoop for extended periods; ability to push moderately heavy book carts; ability to work in an often noisy, hectic atmosphere where there are young children; familiarity with the Dewey Decimal system is a plus.
 

Adopt a Shelf

  • Shelf-read an assigned area of books or other materials
  • Correctly re-shelve any misplaced items, pull items for end-of-shelf display, and generally keep the assigned area neat and organized
  • Regular hours not required: volunteers may choose any time the Library is open to come in and work on their assigned area, usually once a week
  • Volunteers may choose to Adopt a Shelf in either the Adult Department or the Children’s Department

Job requirements: good vision; strong attention to detail and accuracy; ability to work independently; ability to stand, lift, bend, and stoop for extended periods; familiarity with the Dewey Decimal system a plus.
 

Adult Department Assistant

(The following are possible tasks, depending on current need)

  • Shelve books and other library materials
  • Clean CDs and DVDs using an automatic cleaning device
  • Clean books and perform minor repair
  • Pick up, straighten and otherwise keep the department areas neat

Job requirements: good vision; strong attention to detail and accuracy; ability to work independently; some tasks require standing, lifting, bending, or stooping for extended periods; some tasks require manual dexterity; some tasks require computer or other library skills.
 

Technical Services Assistant

  • Process new materials for circulation (labeling, barcoding, covering, etc.).

Job requirements: excellent vision; strong attention to detail and accuracy; manual dexterity; ability to work independently.

To apply for any of the above positions:

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years old. All those under 18 must submit a parent/guardian consent form in addition to the application.
    • There are special volunteer opportunities for children ages 13-16 during our Summer Reading Program.  These positions are limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.  
  • Volunteers 18 years of age and older must submit the required background checks. 
  • Complete the attached application and return it to Diane Schmidt, Schlow's Volunteer Coordinator, for review or ​Sign up Online
  • Individuals needing community service hours should inquire before applying.

For additional information call 814.237.6236.

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Diagnose, repair, and maintain your vehicle. (Formerly AutoMate).

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Directories of Resources for Nonprofits and Individuals

We are proud to announce that the Funding Information Network selected Schlow as its newest Foundation Center partner in Pennsylvania. The Funding Information Network is comprised of libraries, community foundations, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), and nonprofit resource centers across the country and around the world. Like Foundation Center’s regional hubs, Schlow now provides free online access through the Foundation Center Databases to the best and most comprehensive information available on foundation and corporate giving.

Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source for insight on philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to resources they need to succeed. It maintains the most comprehensive database on US and global grantmakers and their grants. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

Centre County's own Centre Foundation​ partnered with Schlow by providing funding that allows for Foundation Center Databases to be available at all public Internet stations within the library. In 2018, the Library and Centre Foundation will again partner by offering classes on grant writing, fundraising, and more. ​

For more information or to set up an appointment for a tour of the new directories, call Schlow Library at (814) 237-6236.

Posted 8/31/2017

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

Local nurse and mother of two talks about working during a pandemic

Tuesday, April 7, is the 70th World Health Day — a global health awareness event sponsored by the World Health Organization. This year’s World Health Day, of course, has taken on special significance with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theme for World Health Day 2020 is to support nurses and midwives. To help mark the day, we talk with Samantha Banning, who is a registered nurse in Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Emergency Department and also works for Penn State’s College of Nursing as a nursing instructor. Banning, who lives in State College with her husband and two daughters (Leah, 7, and Ellie, 18 months), shares what work has been like for her since the pandemic hit Centre County — and also her and her family’s love of reading at Schlow!

What has life been like for you working through all of this?

Banning: For me, being a nurse right now is pretty anxiety provoking! No amount of experience or education really truly can prepare you for something like this. Change is happening on a daily basis and you just have to work to the best of your abilities.

What made you want to get into the medical field?

Banning: After having a grandfather who suffered a massive stroke and was left permanently handicapped, seeing how the nurses interacted with him on a daily basis really peaked my interest in nursing. It was touching to see how sometimes doing even the smallest things could make such a big difference in his care. 

How is your family handling being at home?

Banning: We are all starting to go stir crazy, as I’m sure most people are right now! It’s chaos, but we are making the best of it. We make a point to get the kids outside every day for at least a quick walk to help get rid of some excess energy! 

What are your kids doing during their days?

Banning: The kids have gotten really creative at finding ways to stay entertained! There are toys all over the house! Lots of art, reading, movies, and dance parties! We have also been busy homeschooling our 7 year old and making sure we keep up with daily learning, which is definitely a challenge some days. I have immense gratitude for our school district’s educators.

Do you enjoy reading? Are there things you're reading now that are helping you during this time?

Banning: I love reading! I have ever since I was a child. I prefer mystery and suspense books but  right now I have been focusing pretty much all of my reading on news articles and nursing and medical research — and reading endless amounts of children’s books with my kids!  

What do your daughters enjoy reading? 

Banning: The kids love their books! There are just as many books all over the house as there are toys. Our youngest loves flipping through pretty much any book she can get her hands on and a few favorites that are read to her ad nauseam on a daily basis. Our oldest has become very interested in the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, which has been a lot of fun and pretty nostalgic for me as I have read most of these as a child! 

Your kids love visiting Schlow. What do they love best about the library? 

Banning: We like to do a lot of the reading programs at Schlow with the kids. Our oldest did the Summer Reading Program this past summer and really enjoyed it! We are currently doing the 1,000 books before kindergarten program with our youngest. We also did the StoryWalk at Autumnwood Park back in September, which was a lot of fun! Since the library has closed we have used Libby through Schlow to access eBooks and eAudiobooks, which has been great!

What are you and your family most looking forward to doing once the stay-at-home orders end?

Banning: I think what we are most looking forward to is being able to connect with other family members and friends in person again! 

For anyone who wants to help or say Thank You to you and all nurses and everyone in the medical profession who are basically at the front lines of this, any tips or anything you'd like to say?

Banning: We are just as worried about staying healthy as everyone else, and even more worried about potentially exposing the rest of our household  to what we may encounter at work. The most comforting thing anyone can do for all of us is to show us respect, kindness, and compassion as we work to take care of others during these trying times. 



 

Posted 4/6/2020

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

Kids: Meet Jesse and his fantastic group of reptiles from the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

 

No registration necessary
7:00pm to 9:00pm

A Maker Week Event

Join us for a discussion about the use of emerging technologies in art and see some examples.

  • Where: The Make Space (141 S Fraser St)

 

No registration necessary
9:30am

Kids: "Daniel Finds a Poem" author, Micha Archer, takes us behind the scenes to share how she makes her beautiful books!

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

Today's movie at The State Theatre: Jaws

A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.

  • PG, 1975, 124 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 3:00pm

Learn introductory Okinawan Karate and self-defense techniques from Penn State Isshin Ryu Karate Instructors, for ages 16+

Instructors from Penn State's Isshin Ryu Karate Club invite you to attend free Okinawan Karate classes at Schlow.  No sign-up is required.  No previous experience is necessary.  You can attend individual sessions to get the basics, or attend the whole series to build your Karate & self-defense skills.

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes that don't restrict movement, and remove watches & jewelry to avoid damaging them and to prevent injury. 

 
  • Who: This class is appropriate for ages 16 and up.  ​
  • Where: Schlow Library Downsbrough Community Room 
  • When: Saturday September 16th, October 21st, November 25th, and December 16th

 

 

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Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Apr 28 2018 except Sat Jan 20 2018, Sat Jan 27 2018, Sat Feb 03 2018, Sat Feb 10 2018, Sat Feb 24 2018, Sat Mar 17 2018, Sat Mar 24 2018, Sat Apr 07 2018, Sat Apr 14 2018, Sat Apr 21 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
2:00pm to 3:00pm

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: Sun Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Coco

Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

  • PG, 2017, 105 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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1:00pm

For ages 3 to 5, who read at least 3,500 pages! Wow!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
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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
Registrations closed
2:30pm

Celebrate the upcoming holiday season with excerpts from this favorite ballet.

Performed by dancers from the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania.

Where: Downsbrough Community Room

No registration necessary
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 12:00pm

Kids: Come dressed in your best, learn ballroom dance steps, and dance away the afternoon! Registered attendees, please note NEW LOCATION.

Inspired by the Center for the Performing Arts' presentation of the national Broadway tour of The King and I. No dance instruction or partner required!

Attendees will have a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to Rodgers & Hammstein's The King and I, Thursday, March 28 at Eisenhower Auditorium.

  • NEW LOCATION: State College Municipal Building Community/All-purpose Room (201)
  • Recommended for children ages 5-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • RSVP with number of adults and children attending by January 31 to mde13@psu.edu
    • Please include "King and I" in the email's subject line.
  • Due to space restrictions, the number of participants is limited to 50.

Questions? Contact Medora Ebersole, Education and Community Programs Manager at mde13@psu.edu or 814-380-0788

Please call mde13@psu.edu to join the waitlist.
10:00am to 4:00pm

Drop in to play a variety of games with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA. All ages and skill levels welcome.

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

Everyone is welcome!

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

Available games provided by Schlow include:

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

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary
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
10:00am

Kids: Join us at the PSU Planetarium and learn about constellations and their stories.

There will be a show at 10am and 10:45am. 30 seats available for each show. First come, first served. 

  • Location: Room 538 in Davey Laboratory - once you're inside Davey Lab, follow the signs and take the elevator up to the 5th floor
  • Parking: Parking is available at the HUB Parking Deck on Penn State Campus for $1/hour. 
  • A map of campus that is marked with the parking deck and Davey Lab is attached at the bottom of this page

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

Kids: Learn basic coding principles while working with adorable robots.

  • Grades 2-6
  • Participants must be able to read independently
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 6
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

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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 job seekers, 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.






 

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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 join the waitlist.
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.

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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.
5:00pm to 7:45pm

Teens and adults: Register for D&D at Schlow!

Grab your dice and gather your party, we’re bringing Dungeons & Dragons to Schlow! Join us for some 5th edition one-shot adventures for beginning-level characters, full of magic, mystery and more! Dice and ready-to-play characters available, both new and experienced players welcome.  Registration required. 

  • Who: 13 years - Adult (11-12 year olds may attend if accompanied by a player-parent/guardian)
  • Where: Joyce's Sun Room 

Limit of 12 players per session.

We are currently not looking for Dungeon Masters for this season, but may need more in the future!

 
 

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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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August 5 2020

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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To insure that a checked-in item will be held for you, call 814.237.6236 to have our staff pull it for you.

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What Types of Items Can I Request?

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

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  • CDs & Audiobooks
  • DVDs
  • Software
  • Games & Toys
  • Reference Materials
  • Instruments & Equipment
  • Community Passes

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

Any resident of Centre, Clearfield, Juniata, or Mifflin Counties who is permanently or temporarily unable to leave his/her home is welcome to use this free and convenient service.

To get started:

  • Complete and submit the online application, or complete the information on the attached form and return it by mail to:

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

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

Call the Schlow Library Reference Desk at 814.237.6236 or email librarybymail@schlowlibrary.org for further information.

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We're excited to introduce the newest addition to our digital branch! A streaming video that's accessible from your tablet, smart phone, TV or laptop. Kanopy!

Rated best database of 2016, Kanopy has over 30,000 films. From classic cinema to modern documentaries, each library card can access 2 streaming movies per month, all from the comfort of home.

To get started, find the link on eBooks & More.

Available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast.

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Posted 4/25/2018

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Publishers Implement New Restriction for Library Users

In recent months, major publishers have changed how and when library users can access their eAudiobooks. These restrictions, enacted by Simon & Schuster and Blackstone Audio, are creating barriers to what patrons can access through their libraries. The changes include prohibiting library users from accessing certain titles for 90 days and forcing libraries to re-purchase in-demand digital audiobooks at the regular price after just 24 months. These new terms will result in patrons having fewer titles to choose from and waiting longer for popular titles.

Because of the impact these changes will have on library users, Schlow Centre Region Library has chosen to join other libraries in the state and across the country in boycotting digital audiobooks from these publishers beginning on September 30, 2019. The boycott will continue for six months.

"Restrictive e-audio pricing and restrictive licensing is preventing us from providing the audio books our users want and need,”  said Cathi Alloway, Schlow Centre Region Library Director. “We hope that publishers will notice our message: libraries build readership that ultimately improves sales.  Equal access for library patrons benefits everyone."

The boycott does not impact what patrons will be able to access in print or in eBook format.  Schlow will continue to make every effort to provide our patrons with the books they want to read, and in the ways they want to read them. We hope that by joining this boycott publishers will reconsider restrictions that negatively impact library users.

For more information on how the boycott may impact title availability, please see our FAQs below. Still have questions? Contact bclemens@schlowlibrary.org.

FAQs

  • Can you please purchase the eAudiobook version of (title)?

Due to recent restrictions on how Simon & Schuster and Blackstone Audio make their titles available to public libraries, we will not be purchasing this title as a digital audiobook. This title may be available in other formats, however. Please search our online catalog at www.schlowlibrary.org. We are not purchasing items from these publishers in eAudio format as part of a boycott in response to these new restrictions made by the publisher.

  • Why are you boycotting these publishers?

Restrictions made by both Simon & Schuster and Blackstone Audio for library purchase and lending of digital audiobooks from their publishing houses placed new limits on patron access to these titles. While we work to develop broad collections for the public, as responsible stewards of taxpayer funding, we must wisely spend limited collection funding by selecting popular audiobooks from publishers with less restrictive terms for libraries.

  • What publisher placed restrictions and what were the restrictions?

Blackstone Audio has entered into an exclusive deal with Amazon’s Audible streaming service, and will not permit libraries to purchase certain digital audiobook titles for 90 days after release, hoping that patrons frustrated at being unable to borrow this from their library will instead purchase this content.

Simon & Schuster altered lending terms for digital audiobooks, requiring libraries to repurchase digital audiobooks after two years. Because forcing libraries to repurchase audiobook titles after a short period of time (audiobooks on physical CD can last for five years or more, by comparison), this will lead to patrons being able to access fewer titles in our collection, since limited funds will not allow us to repurchase all of this content.

  • Why are publishers making these changes?

As sales of digital materials slow, publishers have become concerned that circulations of eBooks and digital audiobooks through public libraries is a factor in this decrease. While publishers fear that free lending from libraries depresses sales, a study by Pew Research found that library patrons are actually more likely than non-library users to purchase books. Additionally, libraries help patrons discover new authors they might not have otherwise found. Providing equitable access for library patrons ultimately benefits everyone!

  • When will you resume purchasing titles from these publishers?

We will resume purchases of digital audiobooks from these publishers at the conclusion of the boycott period; either six months, or at such time as when the publishers choose to make these titles available on terms that are equitable for our patrons. 

  • If you're going to buy the book I want in six months, Blackstone and Simon & Schuster still gets the library's money. So what good does this do? 

Our goal with the boycott is to communicate with Simon & Schuster and Blackstone Audio. We do not expect to impact their revenue significantly; instead, this boycott is about asking publishers to consider how their terms for libraries negatively impact the ability of our patrons to access these resources. Publishers should not expect that libraries will always do business with them if they continue to add restrictive terms that affect our patrons. Libraries and publishers are partners in connecting readers with books and authors they enjoy, and many publishers do not choose to place restrictions on their materials that hurt library patrons.

Simon & Schuster and Blackstone are just two of several larger publishers who have introduced new restrictions on library lending in the last few months. This pattern of restricting access to library patrons is concerning, and we believe that taking a stand to let publishers know that these restrictions are unacceptable is the best way to discourage other publishers from doing the same, leading to fewer titles available for patrons. Overall, we believe that a short-term boycott on these publishers will help avoid longer-term restrictions on the entire collection.

  • What can I do to help? 

We welcome support by patrons! If you would like to help, please send your comments to Simon & Schuster and Blackstone Audio - the more times they hear the message that library patrons deserve equal access to content the more likely they will listen!

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Posted 9/16/2019

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This calendar features events for Summer 2020 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 5/28/2020

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
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9:00am to 6:00pm
No registration necessary
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Repeats every month on October, November on the first Saturday until Sat Nov 05 2016.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Let's party! Join us for family block-building activities. Recommended for children in preschool and kindergarten.

  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
7:30pm to 8:30pm

A Conversation with Dave Eggers

Join us as Dave Eggers, author of this year’s Penn State Reads selection, The Circle, comes to Penn State. The evening will see Eggers joined on stage by Dan Moulthrop, CEO of The City Club of Cleveland, one of the nation’s prominent free speech forums. Moulthrop is also co-founder of The Civic Commons, an initiative to design a social media environment explicitly for civil, civic dialogue.

Eggers and Moulthrop will discuss key themes outlined in The Circle, including issues around privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

Tickets are free, but advanced collection from any Center for Performing Arts ticket outlet is recommended. 

Student tickets are available from September 26 and open to the general public from October 5.

  • Where: Alumni Hall, HUB-Robseon Center
Alumni Hall, HUB-Robseon Center
East Pollock Rd.
University Park, PA 16802
No registration necessary
10:00am to 12:00pm

Saturday session 1 of 2, for ages 8 and up.

This is a repeat of the January class. 

Come learn and experience what 3D printing is all about!  You will first learn about the different types of 3D printers and then spend time exploring how the library’s new material extrusion 3D printer works.  You will then learn how to design and prepare a digital file for 3D printing, and you’ll have an opportunity to custom design your own nameplate or keychain using TinkerCAD. 

This event is appropriate for ages 8 and up.  Please register online or call 814-237-6236.

  • When: 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm (Register for 1 of the repeating sessions) 
  • 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 Seven Year Itch

When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

  • Approved, 1h 45min | Comedy, Romance | 29 July 1955 (UK) | Billy Wilder
  • 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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2:30pm

Celebrate the upcoming holiday season with excerpts from this favorite ballet.

Performed by dancers from the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania.

Where: Downsbrough Community Room

No registration necessary
11:00am

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

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

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12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Ferdinand

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

  • PG, 2017, 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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10:30am

A combination class of jazz, tap, and ballet for kids ages 3-6!

 Introduction to dance! Presented by the Dance Academy of State College.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Recommended for ages 3-6
  • Limit: 40

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3:00pm to 4:00pm

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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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Meet local authors and illustrators, read their books, and try some fun activities!

Authors will include Brian Wray, author Unraveling Rose and publisher Adelina Hristova.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Learn the fine print behind charitable giving with H. Amos Goodall, Esq.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in 2017 makes major changes to income tax requirements that affect many middle income Americans. The new standard deduction will change how charitable contributions are made and reported. In this lecture, Mr. Goodall will discuss gifting strategies now available to individuals, including tax-advantaged opportunities which still exist.

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

Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved by Katie Fallon

Join us for a discussion of Vulture: The Private Life of an Unloved by Katie Fallon

Turkey vultures, the most widely distributed and abundant scavenging birds of prey on the planet, are found from central Canada to the southern tip of Argentina, and nearly everywhere in between. In the United States we sometimes call them buzzards; in parts of Mexico the name is aura cabecirroja, in Uruguay jote cabeza colorada, and in Ecuador gallinazo aura. A huge bird, the turkey vulture is a familiar sight from culture to culture, in both hemispheres. But despite being ubiquitous and recognizable, the turkey vulture has never had a book of literary nonfiction devoted to it—until Vulture. Floating on six-foot wings, turkey vultures use their keen senses of smell and sight to locate carrion. Unlike their cousin the black vulture, turkey vultures do not kill weak or dying animals; instead, they cleanse, purify, and renew the environment by clearing it of decaying carcasses, thus slowing the spread of such dangerous pathogens as anthrax, rabies, and botulism. The beauty, grace, and important role of these birds in the ecosystem notwithstanding, turkey vultures are maligned and underappreciated; they have been accused of spreading disease and killing livestock, neither of which has ever been substantiated. Although turkey vultures are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes harming them a federal offense, the birds still face persecution. They’ve been killed because of their looks, their odor, and their presence in proximity to humans. Even the federal government occasionally sanctions “roost dispersals,” which involve the harassment and sometimes the murder of communally roosting vultures during the cold winter months. Vulture follows a year in the life of a typical North American turkey vulture. By incorporating information from scientific papers and articles, as well as interviews with world-renowned raptor and vulture experts, author Katie Fallon examines all aspects of the bird’s natural history: breeding, incubating eggs, raising chicks, migrating, and roosting. After reading this book you will never look at a vulture in the same way again. 

 

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: Get colorful with a cardboard rainbow collage!

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

The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

Join us for a discussion of The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

A mesmerizing literary novel about a lost man in search of connection - a meditation on love, art and commitment, set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, Marina Abramovic's The Artist is Present.
She watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live?

If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do.

Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do.

 

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 Saturday until Sat Aug 24 2019 except Sat Jun 15 2019, Sat Jul 13 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
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Blast off into reading with a rocket bookmark.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
10:45am

Kids: Join us at the PSU Planetarium and learn about constellations and their stories.

There will be a show at 10am and 10:45am. 30 seats available for each show. First come, first served. 

  • Location: Room 538 in Davey Laboratory - once you're inside Davey Lab, follow the signs and take the elevator up to the 5th floor
  • Parking: Parking is available at the HUB Parking Deck on Penn State Campus for $1/hour. 
  • A map of campus that is marked with the parking deck and Davey Lab is attached at the bottom of this page

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Repeats every week every Monday 5 times.
6:30pm

Tantrums and meltdowns are tough to prevent and manage! This five-week program helps you to build and practice emotionally-responsive parenting skills.

TIK-style parental interaction helps children learn to think about and manage their feelings. Program size is limited for effective discussion and practice. 

​Topics include:
Understanding your child's emotional experience
Problem-solving and self-care for caregivers
Emotion-coaching your child's anger
And more!

  • Mondays, 6:30pm-7:30pm
    • ​​September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 7
  • Limit: 10
  • Registration is required and is for the entire series only. 
  • Childcare is provided at no cost, but please note if you will need childcare in your registration.

 

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2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate this spooky time of year by decorating pumpkins, playing Pin the "Boo" on the ghost, and more!

Where: Children's Department

No registration necessary
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
6:30pm

Join us for tiger stories and meet Daniel Tiger, a favorite character from PBS.

Daniel Tiger will be available for pictures with his friends from 6pm-6:25pm and then again after the program. Don't forget to wear your jammies for this special storytime! 

  • Recommended for ages 3-6.
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Library hosts two events highlighting area writers

Local authors will be having their day on Sunday, February 23, when Schlow Centre Region Library hosts two events where readers and aspiring writers can meet, chat with, and have books signed by some of Central Pennsylvania’s published authors.

For fans of children’s books, Schlow’s Children’s Department will have “Meet the Authors” from 2 to 4 p.m. Besides meeting authors and illustrators, families also can try some fun activities. This year’s authors include Sue Partenheimer (The Castor Oil Rig Tales), Michael Bourgo (A to Z Animal Antics), and Joseph Moore (Maxwell, the Raindrop Who Wouldn’t Fall). 

“Our Meet the Authors event is a great way for families to meet and interact with local authors while also enjoying make and take activities that correspond with the books,” says Paula Bannon, Head of Children’s Services at Schlow. “This event is typically held in the spring and fall each year and has featured authors of picture books, chapter books, and children’s nonfiction. It’s also an opportunity for authors to talk to their readers and find out what kids are looking for in a book.”

On the second floor, Schlow’s Adult Services Department will host “Indie Authors at the Mic” from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Quiet Area. The participating authors cover a diverse number of genres and voices. They include thriller writers Sarah K. Stephens (It Was Always You and A Flash of Red) and J.L. Delozier (Con Me Once), Georgene A. Searfoss (Longings of the Heart: The Story of Elsie Machle White), Carline Crevecoeur, Dave Housley (Massive Cleansing Fire), Nicole Miyashiro, Cate Fricke, and Skylar Nightingale. Each author will read briefly from their work and be available for book signings after the event. Book sales and light refreshments are made possible thanks to Webster’s Bookstore & Cafe.

“This is the first time we’ve organized an event like this, and I think the public will embrace it,” says Maria Burchill, Schlow’s Head of Adult Services. “I expect it to be a little like speed dating, but for books — a fun way to test out local authors’ stories and hear a little about how and why they started writing.”

For more information about Meet the Authors, Indie Authors at the Mic, and other events and services at Schlow, you also can follow Schlow Library on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.






 

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August 18 2020

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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July 16 2020

2:30pm

Let’s draw together!

Explore the world of cartooning with local art teacher Nicole Packard.

  • Supplies needed:
    • paper and pencil or pen 
       
  • Recommended for grades 1-5.
  • Limit: 40.
  • Registration required. 

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."

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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!

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Hours

Our building remains closed in response to the pandemic, except for the services you see here.
Our virtual branch is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Doorside Pick-up

In observance of Independence Day there will be no Doorside Pick-ups on Friday, July 3.

Please see our Doorside Pickup Guide for all the information you need about this service.

Last Name Day Hours of Pick-up Service
A to D Monday

9am to 10am*  *Reserved for vulnerable patrons

10am to 1pm

E to I  Tuesday 4pm to 7pm
J to M Wednesday

9am to 10am*  *Reserved for vulnerable patrons

10am to 1pm

N to R Thursday 4pm to 7pm
S to Z Friday

9am to 10am*  *Reserved for vulnerable patrons

10am to 1pm 

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Virtual Community Rooms

Monday to Friday 9am to Noon, and 4pm to 7pm

Children's Virtual Service Desk

Tuesdays and Fridays, 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm

Services by Telephone

814.237.6236
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Location

211 S. Allen St.
State College, PA  16801


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

Public Transit

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

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Let your phone carry your card!
Smartphone users, the app you’ve been waiting for is here! Developed by Schlow’s IT Services Department, My Library Card is available for free from the Google Play Store or the Apple App StoreWith our new app, you can store multiple Schlow Library cards on your smartphone and check out materials at both our Patron Services desk and our self-check stations.

Looking to lighten your wallet? Tired of being your household’s library card keeper? Schlow’s new app can store your entire family’s library card barcodes - so you can spend your time choosing and reading the books you love instead of keeping track of library cards. My Library Card also links you to our mobile friendly website, where you can check your account status, reserve or renew books, pay your fines, and much more.

For full instructions on how to use My Library Cardclick here.​ If you need assistance or have any problems with My Library Card, feel free to contact our team, or call us at 814.237.6236.

Posted 2/11/2016

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

Help with food security in Centre County!

Schlow Library will host a Food for Fines project from April 13-26. If you have an overdue library fine, you can save $1 for every nonexpired, nonperishable food item you donate! There is no maximum amount you can save — feel free to be as generous as you want, clean out your pantry and save on your overdue fines!

The Food for Fines project is supported by State College Girl Scout Cadette Troop 40411 with all food donations going to the State College Food Bank https://scfoodbank.org

No fines on your account? Bring your food items to Schlow anyway from April 13-26 and help increase food security for Centre County residents!

 
 

Posted 2/25/2020

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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
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection

Read Graphic Novels

Comic fanatic? Like talking about all things drawn or animated? Want to see your creations go from concept to creation? Join Joel and Maria as they discuss this spring's graphic novel choice, Batgirl, Vol. 1: The Darkest Reflection by Gail Simone, and walk us through more comic creation fun!

  • Where: Sun Room
  • When: April 2, 2pm-4:00pm

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2:30pm

Kids: Join us for an exciting play by the Penn State Thespians!

Our favorite redheaded French girl, Madeline, finds herself in some wacky situations and learns a thing or two about manners along the way!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community 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
6:00pm to 7:45pm

For ages 16 and up. Register through Centre Region Parks & Rec.

Do you want to start biking or feel more confident navigating local routes? Join us for a new virtual adventure and learn more about the Centre Region’s bike paths/routes, PA & local laws, how to pick a bike, and other biking-around-town tips. Get answers to your bike-related questions from regional planning staff and CentreBike members. Attendees can download a copy of the PA Bicycle Driver’s Manual free from PennDOT. Advanced registration is required.

  • When: Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 PM-7:45 PM
  • Where: Schlow's Zoom Room

Click here to register, at least 1 day in advance. Registration ends on 5/12/2020.

Registered attendees will be sent the Zoom room link the day before the class.

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
7:30pm to 8:45pm

An Evening with Lynsey Addario

Join us for an evening with photojournalist, Lynsey Addario. Addario’s book It’s What I Do: a Photographer’s Life of Love and War is the Penn State Reads 2017 selection for all first-year students. It chronicles her life documenting the major theatres of war in the 21st century. In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Addario as one of the five most influential photographers over the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we saw the world’s conflicts.​        

  • When: October 17, 7:30pm-8:40pmBook sales and signing to follow     
  • Where: Schlow Library Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
10:30am

My Cousin Momo author, Zachariah OHora, takes us behind the scenes of his fantastic book!

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

Join the Elementary Division of Singing Onstage as we celebrate the story of Ariel and her friends in the sea!

These young performers will sing "Daughters of Triton," "Under the Sea," "Poor Unfortunate Souls," "Kiss the Girl," and, of course, "Part of Your World."

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

Kids: Spend the afternoon painting rocks at Schlow!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
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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
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Kids: Make a fairy house to add whimsy to your fall garden!

Where: Children's Department

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
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Come have some origami fun!

If you like penguins and books, you'll love making an origami penguin bookmark!

  • Where: Children's Department
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Repeats every week every Wednesday 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 register.
10:00am to 8:00pm

Alien crafts & tin foil hats in the Sun Room for Adults and Teens

It's World UFO Day and we're celebrating the arrival (or not) of our alien friends. Whether you believe or are a skeptic, there will be paper-folding and other alien-related crafts to help brighten your day.

  • Who: Adults and teens
  • Where: Joyce's Sun Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Muppets from Space

Gonzo is contacted by his alien family through his breakfast cereal. But when the men in black kidnap him, it's up to Kermit and the gang to rescue Gonzo and help him reunite with his long-lost family.

 
  • G, 1999, 87 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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2:30pm

Kids: Today's topic is Stars!

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 Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Schlow presents Author Spotlight, a new series bringing bestselling authors to the Centre Region. George Packer will visit Schlow to discuss his book, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century. He is the National Book Award winning author of The Unwinding and writer for The Atlantic. George's talk will focus on where he thinks American foreign policy is headed in the next decade.

Book signing and sale to follow. To learn about a special ticketed dinner event to meet George in person, click here!

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

  • Where: Days Inn, State College

About George

George Packer is a journalist, novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his writings for The New Yorker about U.S. foreign policy and for his book The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. Packer also wrote The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, covering the history of America from 1978 to 2012. In November 2013, The Unwinding received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His latest book Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century was released in May 2019.

About Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy… His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

Praise for Our Man

“Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory...Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy... If you could read one book to comprehend American’s foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it.” Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review

 

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: Celebrate a favorite fall pastime - football - with crafts and activities.

Join PSU's Delta Zeta to work on a football lacing activity, make a tree collage with footballs, and explore football-themed sensory bins.

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

Kids: Frog and Toad is a story of two best friends.

Whether Frog plants a new flower for his garden or Toad embarks on an unexpected adventure, you can always expect them to do it together! 

Presented by the Penn State Thespians

Where: Downsbrough Community Room

No registration necessary
12:15pm to 1:00pm

The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

Read & Discuss - The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

"Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners–themed wedding reception. But they’re not the only uninvited guests. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed to impress in pricey haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. What’s missing is any means of identification, or a single partygoer who recognizes the victim. The baffled bride is convinced the stranger snuck in to sabotage her big day—and the groom is sure it’s all a dreadful mistake. But Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. Now they must separate the sinners from the saints, the true from the false, and the secrets from those keeping them. The party’s over—and the hunt for whoever killed it is on."

  • Where: Centre Region Active Adult Center @ The Nittany Mall
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate March with Delta Phi Epsilon by making lion and lamb masks and puppets and decorating your own lion and lamb cookies!

  • 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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July 7 2020

Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Friday until Tue Aug 18 2020 except Fri Jul 03 2020.
9:00am to 11:00am

Want to do a SummerQuest check-in, ask a question about summer reading, or get a book recommendation?

Log in to our special Children’s Department Zoom Meeting Room at https://schlow.zoom.us/my/childrensdesk to talk with a Children’s staff member!

  • Participants will be allowed into the room one at a time, so you may need to hang out in the waiting room until it’s your turn.
     
  • You must have your grown-up with you!
     
  • Not able to wait? Email us at children@schlowlibrary.org instead!


 

No registration necessary

July 22 2020

4:00pm to 4:30pm

What book hooked you into reading?

Students share their favorite books.  Bring a favorite or be ready to share and chat about what hooks us on books.

Please register to attend.  The Zoom information will be sent to you the day prior to the event.  

  • Who: 12 -17 years old
  • When: Wednesdays, 4- 4:30pm 
  • Where: Schlow's Virtual Zoom Room9

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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.
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Art Gallery

Centre County is full of wonderful artists and we are proud to to exhibit their work in our Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery!

The Gallery Committee solicits submissions from artists, reviews their applications, and oversees operations. Art is interpreted broadly to include paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc. The Committee meets periodically throughout the year to select exhibitors.

To apply, download the attached application or pick one up at the Circulation Desk.

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Upcoming Events

The 10th Building Anniversary Celebration was a great hit in 2015! Thanks to the dozens of local individuals and businesses who provided sponsorship contributions, our Schlow Celebration raised more than $50,000 to benefit the Library. 

Interested in sponsoring an upcoming event? This year is the 60th Anniversary year of the beginning of Schlow Library, and the annual events you know and love also need sponsors, such as Book Fest and programs during Summer Reading Program. Please Email Molly Hetrick, Manager of Philanthropy, or call her at 814.237.6236 ext. 216 to talk about how you can support the Library.

Become a Schlow Corporate Sponsor!

As a corporate sponsor, your business can gain visibility and develop new relationships - all while helping to sustain a valuable community resource. Schlow currently has unique opportunities for sponsors of the library broadband and internet access to get great visibility for the sponsorship.

Also from Summer Reading prizes to underwriting Library programs, there are many ways you can help Schlow thrive. Email Molly Hetrick, Manager of Philanthropy, or call her at 814.237.6236 ext. 216.

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Corinne Webster's Art

Art by Corinne Webster

From tall ships to tarot, wolves to womanhood, step into an world where acrylic and mixed media come together to present the history of an artist. The works shown in this exhibition tell stories. The titles give you gentle hints into the mind of Corinne Webster. Webster is a local artist and graduate of the Penn State University Fine Arts program. Her work has been featured in solo shows in both the Patterson Gallery and Zoller Gallery. She is also exhibiting in the Art Alliance Downtown Gallery. That show, "Womanhood, Feminism & Identity," opens Friday, Nov 3.

The Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery is pleased to present this original work throughout November. Interested in purchasing a piece? Contact Corinne at 814.883.3344 or Corinne.griss@gmail.com

Posted 11/2/2017

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

Local grocery delivery options in State College

In order to help you #stayhome, we put together an interactive flyer that directs you to some of the many local delivery options.

Is your business delivering? Want to let us know? Email the refdesk@schlowlibrary.org and we'll add you.

Posted 4/8/2020

9:00am to 6:00pm
No registration necessary
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Repeats every month on June, July, August on the third Saturday until Sat Aug 20 2016.
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.
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 3:00pm

A Maker Week Event

If you have questions about how to patent and protect your work this is the talk for you.  Get expert advice!

  • Where: The Make Space (141 S Fraser St) 

 

No registration necessary
10:30am

Kids: "Daniel Finds a Poem" author, Micha Archer, takes us behind the scenes to share how she makes her beautiful books!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
4:00pm

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

  • Where: Children's Activity Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every month on January, February, March on the first Saturday 3 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
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
11:00am to 12:30pm

Join us as we host Andrea Davis Pinkney, this year’s recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award!

Join us as the Pennsylvania Center for the Book presents this year's Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award to Andrea Davis Pinkney for her work Martin Rising: Requiem for a King (Scholastic Press). A multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling children's author and poet, Pinkney will visit the area to accept her award and talk about her experiences working on this book. 

"...the significance and power of this volume is stunning..."--2019 Jury for Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Book sales and signing to follow

This event, part of BookFest PA 2019, is sponsored by the Schlow Library Foundation, The Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

No registration necessary
12:00pm

Join Singing Onstage as we celebrate the joy of Cinderella!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Wednesday 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
Registrations closed
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Decorate a paper plate, fold, and add eyes and feet to design your very own owl!

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
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate Groundhog Day!

Join PSU's Women's Leadership Initiative for crafts and activities inspired by Phil and his shadow.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
10:00am to 4:00pm

Drop in to play a variety of games with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA. All ages and skill levels welcome.

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

Everyone is welcome!

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

Available games provided by Schlow include:

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

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary
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
10:00am

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

  • Ages 0-24 months
  • Registration required
  • Limit: 15
  • Where: Children's Activity Room
Registrations closed
2:30pm

Kids: Try out a variety of space activities - including a comet-making demo - with a Penn State Astronomer.

Dr. Julia Kregenow and her team invite you to try a variety of space demos, activities, and art, including:

  • Make a comet demo using dry ice!
  • Starry stories
  • Space puzzles
  • Space coloring
  • 3D pictures and models of the sun and planets
     
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Recommended for ages 0 to infinity!
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.






 

No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Monday 4 times.
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
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.

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 join the waitlist.
5:00pm to 7:45pm

Teens and adults: Register for D&D at Schlow!

Grab your dice and gather your party, we’re bringing Dungeons & Dragons to Schlow! Join us for some 5th edition one-shot adventures for beginning-level characters, full of magic, mystery and more! Dice and ready-to-play characters available, both new and experienced players welcome.  Registration required. 

  • Who: 13 years - Adult (11-12 year olds may attend if accompanied by a player-parent/guardian)
  • Where: Joyce's Sun Room 

Limit of 12 players per session.

We are currently not looking for Dungeon Masters for this season, but may need more in the future!

 
 

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

Join us for a discussion of Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson

In Brexit Britain, a young transgender doctor called Ry is falling in love – against their better judgement – with Victor Stein, a celebrated professor leading the public debate around AI.

Meanwhile, Ron Lord, just divorced and living with Mum again, is set to make his fortune launching a new generation of sex dolls for lonely men everywhere.

Across the Atlantic, in Phoenix, Arizona, a cryogenics facility houses dozens of bodies of men and women who are medically and legally dead… but waiting to return to life.

But the scene is set in 1816, when nineteen-year-old Mary Shelley writes a story about creating a non-biological life-form. ‘Beware, for I am fearless and therefore powerful.'

What will happen when homo sapiens is no longer the smartest being on the planet? Jeanette Winterson shows us how much closer we are to that future than we realise. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

  • Who:+18
  • Where: Zoom Meeting Space

You can download this book through Hoopla.

Zoom meeting info will be sent to registrants by email prior to the meeting. For more information, contact the reference desk staff at refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

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August 12 2020

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.

The Schlow Library Adult Department offers proctoring services.

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

Request Proctoring!

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

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Looking for something new to read? Planning a lesson that needs pizzazz? Try BookFlix! Find video storybooks paired with nonfiction eBooks on the same subject, delve into great parent/teacher resources, or explore high quality games and activities.

Kid listening to an audiobook.

Download or stream over 6,000 audiobooks. The RBdigital app is available from the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon for the Kindle Fire. Bestselling and classic titles are updated monthly. The best part about: no lines and no waiting!

Supporting the Sponsor a Subscription program provides access to magazines to thousands of visitors each year!

Will you join us? In 2015, more than $2,500 in sponsorships were given to support making magazines available to the community.

Patrons of Schlow Library can enjoy in-house use of the most current issue of magazines and newspapers, plus check out back issues to enjoy at home.

Thank you for being part of this wonderful program! The Schlow Library community of patrons thanks you!

TumbleBookCloud

Middle & high schoolers discover the classics in a new way.

World Book Online

Temporary Access through May 31, 2020. An engaging, verified, and trustworthy digital resource for grades pre-K through high school.

Didn't get a chance to meet 2018 PA One Book author Zachariah OHora? Watch him read My Cousin Momo below, courtesy of WPSU! Watch past PA One Book authors read their books here.

Posted 5/3/2018

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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

Fun, educational virtual events set for season

Schlow Centre Region Library has always planned a great summer of events for all ages — and this year is no different, even if the location is different.

Because of the coronavirus and Schlow’s commitment to the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers, the library’s summer plans have moved online. This “virtual” summer will still be one filled with fun, entertainment, and learning.

Schlow’s Summer Reading Programs — from babies to adults — run through August 19, and participants can go on quests and have chances to win prizes. Register and log your reading at http://reading.schlowlibrary.org.

The Children’s Department will have weekly pop-up challenges starting June 15. Each week, kids discover a new challenge, and if they complete it they will receive the secret code to earn extra tickets for prizes. The department also has virtual desk hours from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. It’s a chance to chat with a member of the Children’s Department and ask about Summer Reading or book recommendations for kids. The hours take place at http://schlow.zoom.us/my/childrensdesk.

The Adult Services Department will host Wednesday book chats for teens who register, from 4 to 4:30 p.m., starting June 10. The chats are hosted by librarians from the State College Area School District Middle Schools as well as from Schlow. The Adult Services Department also will begin offering recommendation services via phone or email. Staff will reserve materials for pickup based on a patron’s interest.

As for special events, here are just some of the highlights for this summer.

For children:

Posted 6/4/2020

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

Kids: Celebrate autumn with owl puppets, pumpkins, handprint apples, and more with Penn State’s NSSLHA.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Saturday until Mon May 01 2017 except Sat Jan 14 2017, Sat Jan 21 2017, Sat Jan 28 2017, Sat Feb 04 2017, Sat Feb 11 2017, Sat Feb 25 2017, Sat Mar 18 2017, Sat Mar 25 2017, Sat Apr 01 2017, Sat Apr 08 2017, Sat Apr 22 2017.
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
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Saturday session 2 of 2, for ages 8 and up.

This is a repeat of the January Class

Come learn and experience what 3D printing is all about!  You will first learn about the different types of 3D printers and then spend time exploring how the library’s new material extrusion 3D printer works.  You will then learn how to design and prepare a digital file for 3D printing, and you’ll have an opportunity to custom design your own nameplate or keychain using TinkerCAD. 

This event is appropriate for ages 8 and up.  Please register online or call 814-237-6236.

  • When: 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm (Register for 1 of the repeating sessions) 
  • 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 Seven Year Itch

When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

  • Approved, 1h 45min | Comedy, Romance | 29 July 1955 (UK) | Billy Wilder
  • 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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11:00am

Come join a land where just one stroke of Harold’s purple crayon can create a world full of imagination.

In Harold and the Purple Crayon, Harold begins by drawing a moon, and the adventure takes off from there!

Saturday, December 2 at 11am
​Saturday, December 2 at 2:30pm
Sunday, December 3 at 2:30pm

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Presented by the Penn State Thespians
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Join us for some fishy fun as we make Rainbow Fish and octopuses and decorate cookies with PSU's SPSEA.

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

Kids: Get ready to dance and wiggle as we explore yoga together through movement and song.

We’ll move together as we try fun poses and games! Presented in partnership with Wellness in Motion.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Limit: 15 families.

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12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: Captain Underpants

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

  • PG, 2017, 89 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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No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: Join reptile expert Jesse Rothacker to explore some of the beats and rhythms of our reptile friends.

Plus, meet some fabulous reptiles along the way! 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
9:00am to 11:30am

Your child's vision is important!

Make sure their vision 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
10:30am to 11:30am

A free class about our services

Schlow Library has two 3D printers that you can use to print your own projects. We'll help you get familiar with online resources and share how you can make your imagination reality -- right here at your library.

  • Who: Ages 10+
  • Where:  Musser Room

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12:15pm to 1:15pm

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Read & Discuss Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly.

"Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice."

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

Kids: Celebrate National Pencil Day!

Make your own cute crawlie critter pencil topper.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
6:30pm to 7:30pm

A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult

Join us for a discussion of A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

 

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

Penn's Woods Music 4 Kids presents classical music for the next generation performed by the Allegria Trio musicians of the Penn's Woods Music Festival orchestra.

A program of classical music will feature oboe, violin, and cello. The selections will be themed around musical stories and will include instrument demonstrations and audience participation. 

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

Kids: Create an out-of-this-world constellations mini-book to guide your summer stargazing adventure!

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
5:45pm

Kids: Join us at the PSU Planetarium and learn about constellations and their stories.

There will be a show at 5pm and 5:45pm. 30 seats available for each show. First come, first served. 

  • Location: Room 538 in Davey Laboratory - once you're inside Davey Lab, follow the signs and take the elevator up to the 5th floor
  • Parking: Parking is available at the HUB Parking Deck on Penn State Campus for $1/hour. 
  • A map of campus that is marked with the parking deck and Davey Lab is attached at the bottom of this page

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Repeats every week every Tuesday 5 times.
9:15am

Join us in the Downsbrough Community Room - a place for you to play with your child and talk with other parents.

  • Ages: 18 to 36 months
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
     
  • Tuesdays at 9:15am or 10:30am
    • September 10
    • September 17
    • September 24
    • October 1
    • October 8

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

 

Registrations closed
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Learn about the four forces of flight by constructing your own hoop glider!

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
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate winter with the SPSEA by making penguin puppets, snow globes, and decorating mittens.

Where: Children's Department

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

Kids: Join the Social, Life, Engineering Sciences Imaging Center at Penn State to learn all about the brain!

Check out animal brains, brain models, and learn fun and interesting brain facts. Plus, take part in a special brain-themed make and take activity!

  • 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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July 21 2020

3:30pm

Today’s topic: Measuring

Math is a universal language that helps us in many ways every day. You may not even know that you are using math at home. This program is presented by AAUW State College. 

  • To participate in this program, you’ll need:
    • paper and pencil (or crayons)

    • a ruler

    • tape measure

    • scale

    • liquid container such as measuring cup

    • and yarn or string

  • Grades 1-5.
  • Registration required. (Please note: The Register Now button is at the very bottom of this page, underneath "Attachments.")
  • Limit: 20.

Attachments

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

  • Click on the green Log In button next to the Search bar.
  • Enter your library card number (no spaces) and PIN. Need the PIN? Call the Circulation Desk during Library hours with your library card number.
  • Select the Checked Out option.
  • Select the item you want to renew and click the Renew Selected Items button.
  • Important:  Make sure the due date changes. If it does not, call the Circulation Desk at 814.237.6236.

Note:

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

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Muzzy

Learning a language is fun and interactive with Muzzy Online. Take a break from workbooks and flash cards; give Muzzy's playful video lessons a try. With 8 languages to choose from, your family will be speaking a new language in no time!

Welcome to Schlow Centre Region Library!

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

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

The Schlow Management Team

  • Catherine AllowayLibrary Director
  • DJ Lilly, Office Manager
  • Brady Clemens, District Library Consultant
  • Molly Hetrick, Manager of Philanthropy
  • Maria BurchillHead of Adult Services
  • Lisa Rives Collens​, Head of Patron Services
  • Paula Bannon, Head of Children’s Services
  • Nathaniel Rasmussen, Head of Information Technology Services
  • Diane Schmidt, Head of Technical & Volunteer Services​
  • David Pencek, Communications Manager

Question or Concern?  Please share it with us.

The Schlow Board of Trustees

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

Contact the Board

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule

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

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

Current Board of Trustees

  • Casey McClain, President, PattonTownship
  • Katherine Genovese, Vice President - Harris Township
  • Lewis Steinberg, TreasurerFerguson Township
  • Linda Trevino, Secretary - Patton Township
  • David Brown - State College Borough
  • Kimberly Fragola - College Township
  • Ralph Licastro - State College Borough
  • Mignon Vath - Halfmoon Township
  • Sue Werner - Ferguson Township

You can contact the Schlow board president by clicking here.

 

Thank you for your interest in supporting Schlow Library on a monthly basis!

Schlow Monthly Giving - You love to read


Monthly giving is easy, convenient, automated and makes you feel great every month! Enjoy the feeling of knowing that your support is making a real impact at Schlow Library, by supporting programs, the book collection, and the operations of this busy community library. 

Monthly giving supports the operations of the library in many ways!

Monthly Giving:

  • Is easy to set up
  • Charges your credit card on the same day every month
  • Uses a secure online portal
  • Makes you our HERO!

Any amount ($5 or higher) is welcome!

Set up takes 3-4 minutes:

  • Be sure to have your credit card handy
  • Under the green Donate Button, check “Make my gift Monthly”
  • Then click the green “Donate Button”
    • (If you miss it, look for the Donate Monthly tab above the “Give Money” heading once you see the form)
  • Complete your personal information
  • Enter your card information in the secure portal

THREE NOTES: 

  1. Your card will be charged on the same day every month, starting with the day you set this up. (If you set it up on January 10th, you’ll always be charged on the 10th of the month from now on…)
  2. You will get an email each time the charge happens
  3. In January of each year, you’ll receive a statement for tax purposes that shows a record of all your monthly gifts, for your convenience at tax time. We will not send a thank you letter for each monthly gift, but please know how appreciative we are!

What if your credit card, email, or other information changes? We can help! Please contact the Manager of Philanthropy, Molly Hetrick, at 237-6236 *216 or mhetrick@schlowlibrary.org for help.

GREENR

Global research on the environment, energy, and natural resources.

Preschool boy using iPad tablet with his mother

iPads available for use in the Children's Department

Not all apps are created equal - so how do you know which ones to choose?

We've researched, tested, and purchased so you don't have to! Children's Department staff have collected the best of the best early literacy apps for you and your child to play at the library. We are pleased to offer 2 iPads for use within the Children's Department. Each iPad contains a selection of fun apps that will help your child learn letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and more.

  • Recommended for children ages 2 - 6 and their grown-up
    • Adult supervision required
  • Available at the Children's Desk
    • A staff member will record your library card number or contact information
  • Not available for check-out
    • For use in the Children's Department only

Remember: no app can replace your lap!

Your child's technology time is best spent with you. The conversations you have - about the things you're seeing on the screen, what to do next in the game you're playing together, or how to use and care for the device in your hands - will make the experience so much more valuable for your child. For these reasons, we kindly ask that you stay with your child while the iPad is in your possession.

Feeling unsure about screen time?

Visit the Cruise into Kindergarten website for screen time guidelines and ways to make your child's time with technology the best it can be!

Posted 2/20/2016

Boy with Rabbit in black and white by Chuck Fong

After Arbus

Chuck Fong’s intimate photographs of small town America debut this month at Schlow.

Local artist Fong is best known for his evocative portraits and in this exhibit, presents the tenacity and dignity of the disenfranchised and those living on the outskirts.   Whether the work is in cool black-and-white, or striking color, the photographs on display best exemplify Fong’s search for individual stories. A follower of the late master photographer, Diane Arbus, Fong worked to capture his subjects in a similar style.  Arbus, who is best known for her photographs of marginalized people as she wandered the streets of New York City, earned a Guggenheim Fellowship following a successful (if unsatisfying) career in commercial photography. Struggling with mental illness, she took her own life in 1971.

The Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery is pleased to present this selection throughout October. Interested in purchasing a piece? Contact Chuck Fong at Studio 2, (814) 234.2000  

Posted 10/3/2018

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

Tell us your Schlow Story

Share with us your Schlow experiences during this time of being at home while the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. What digital resources have you used? What have you discovered about Schlow's online offerings that you didn't know before? Have you re-read the library book you've had out for weeks and weeks multiple times!? Let us know how we've done during this time.

12:00am to 11:45pm
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Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Aug 20 2016.
11:00am

Join us for a half-hour of stories, fingerplays, and a hands-on activity to take home. Recommended for ages 2-7.

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.

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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
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
3:30pm to 4:30pm

Please join us for a meet and greet reception with the Centre LGBTQA Support Network before the author talk.

Meet (virtually) the author of The Symptoms of Being Human, a young adult book about growing up gender fluid. This event is co-hosted by the Centre LGBTQA Support Network. Please join us for a meet and greet reception before the author talk. Light refreshments provided. 

  • When: August 19th, 3:30pm to 4:00 
  • Were: Downsbrough Community Room

 

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

New Time!! Teens 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. 

  • 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
12:30pm to 1:30pm

A discussion with author Sarah K. Stephens

Our moderated author series for the lunch crowd! Bring a bagged lunch and join the discussion. Book sales and signing to follow.

Sarah K. Stephens will discuss A Flash of Red, a psychological thriller from Pandamoon Publishing 

""...carefully crafted with language that sucks you in and a story that settles into all of your secret places..." -Midwest Book Review

  • Who: Adults
  • When: October 16, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

 

Like this program? Want more? Stay tuned for more Lunch and (Lit)erature!

 
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Repeats every month on September, October, November on the fourth Tuesday until Wed Nov 28 2018.
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
10:00am

Get a behind the scenes tour of the State Theatre!

No registration necessary
12:00pm

Join Singing Onstage as we celebrate the story of Cinderella!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community 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 join the waitlist.
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Create your own Tangram puzzle kit with Halloween-themed patterns.

Where: Children's Department

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

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Join us for a discussion of Red Clocks by Leni Zumas

Five women. One question. What is a woman for?

In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

 
 

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 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
Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Celebrate spring with PSU's NSSLHA!

Stop by to make pipe cleaner rainbow magnets, Q-tip daisies, and paper plate umbrellas.

  • Where: Children's Department
No registration necessary
6:30pm to 7:30pm

Juried Exhibition Award Reception

Enjoy the festival and escape the heat! Join us for the award reception at Images 2019, the juried fine art exhibition of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Works on display were chosen by Shannon Egan, director of the Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College. Dr. Egan is currently curating a traveling exhibition of Norwegian and American landscape photography. Showcasing Pennsylvania artists and including student work, Images 2019 is free and open to the public.

  • When: Thursday, July 11, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room

The exhibition will hang at both Schlow and the Kish Bank Expect More Store (114 S. Allen St., next to Pickles Tap Room) throughout the month of July.

**Visitors, please note that parts of the exhibition may be closed during reserved events at the Library.**  

Sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, CBICC, Kish Bank, and the Schlow Library Foundation. No button required!

No registration necessary
12:00pm

Today's Free Movie at The State Theatre: A Wrinkle in Time

After the disappearance of her scientist father, three peculiar beings send Meg, her brother, and her friend to space in order to find him.

 
  • PG, 2018, 109 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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2:30pm

Kids: Join us to learn about how fair trade creates a more just and sustainable world.

Children will enjoy stories and create a craft using recycled and fair trade materials! 

Learn more about Ten Thousand Villages and this event right here.

  • Presdented by Ten Thousand Villages
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:30pm to 2:30pm

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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11:00am to 1:00pm

Meet us at Autumnwood Park to celebrate the opening of our brand new StoryWalk® featuring "Cat's Colors" by Airlie Anderson.

Drop by to join the fun!

  • Move along the installed pages of Cat's Colors by Airlie Anderson
  • Free book for each family (while supplies last)
  • Face painting by Faces by Leah
  • Bubble station
  • CRPR Rec on the Go
  • Art station - Make your own colorful cat to take home!
  • Light refreshments
     
  • Location: 2207 Autumnwood Dr., State College
    • Parking will be very limited! Please carpool with friends and be considerate of Autumnwood residents when parking on-street: keep driveways clear and park only on one side of the street.

StoryWalk® of Centre County is a partnership between Centre Foundation, Centre Region Parks and Recreation, Schlow Centre Region Library, and Centre County Library and Historical Museum, with support from Blake and Linda Gall.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

No registration necessary
2:30pm

Kids: Frog and Toad is a story of two best friends.

Whether Frog plants a new flower for his garden or Toad embarks on an unexpected adventure, you can always expect them to do it together! 

Presented by the Penn State Thespians

Where: Downsbrough Community Room

No registration necessary
12:15pm to 1:00pm

Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

Read & Discuss - Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman

"In 1966, Baltimore is a city of secrets that everyone seems to know—everyone, that is, except Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz. Last year, she was a happy, even pampered housewife. This year, she’s bolted from her marriage of almost twenty years, determined to make good on her youthful ambitions to live a passionate, meaningful life.

Maddie wants to matter, to leave her mark on a swiftly changing world. Drawing on her own secrets, she helps Baltimore police find a murdered girl—assistance that leads to a job at the city’s afternoon newspaper, the Star. Working at the newspaper offers Maddie the opportunity to make her name, and she has found just the story to do it: a missing woman whose body was discovered in the fountain of a city park lake.

Maddie’s investigation brings her into contact with people that used to be on the periphery of her life—a jewelry store clerk, a waitress, a rising star on the Baltimore Orioles, a patrol cop, a hardened female reporter, a lonely man in a movie theater. But for all her ambition and drive, Maddie often fails to see the people right in front of her. Her inability to look beyond her own needs will lead to tragedy and turmoil for all sorts of people—including the man who shares her bed, a black police officer who cares for Maddie more than she knows."

  • Where: Centre Region Active Adult Center @ The Nittany Mall
No registration necessary
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Spring is almost here! Create a beautiful tissue paper flower to add some color to your room.

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.

July 29 2020

4:00pm to 4:30pm

 

Please register to attend.  The Zoom information will be sent to you the day prior to the event.  

  • Who: 12 -17 years old
  • When: Wednesdays, 4- 4:30pm 
  • Where: Schlow's Virtual Zoom Room9

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Read (or Listen) anywhere, anytime.

Download from our ever-growing collection of eAudiobooksGetting started is easy!

  • ​Try RBDigital to download popular eAudiobooks with no wait time. 
  • View/Download/Print the RB Digital PDF attachment below.  
  • Register for a Schlow Labs Class.
  • Schedule a 1-to-1 appointment with an Adult Department staff member. 
  • Contact us at 814.237.6236 or refdesk@schlowlibrary.org.

You can also check out the tutorials at schlow.rbdigital.com/help

 

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While our physical event spaces are unavailable through at least 12/31/2020 during the COVID-19 Crisis, we invite you to reserve one of our virtual community rooms today!

Reserve a Virtual Room

Thanks for thinking of Schlow for your event! If you have questions at any time you can e-mail rooms@schlowlibrary.org or call 814-237-6236 (press *210).

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.

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The Schlow Library Foundation (formerly known as the Friends of Schlow Library) provides crucial advocacy, financial, and volunteer support for Library activities. The Foundation is working to ensure that the Library services you cherish will continue without interruption through fundraising projects and outreach programs.

Donations to the Schlow Library Foundation are tax-deductible and make an immediate impact in your community. All donations made to the Foundation go directly to support the Library.

Would you like to help the Foundation improve Schlow’s capacity to serve your community? Schlow’s Manager of Philanthropy, Molly Hetrick, always enjoys meeting new people interested in helping Schlow! You can email Molly, or call her at 814.237.6236 ext. 216

Schlow Library Foundation Board

  • Molly Barron
  • Marilyn Byers
  • Nancy L. Eaton
  • Alfred Jones, Jr.
  • Richard Kalin
  • Janet Kretchmar
  • Judy Lang
  • Virginia McAdoo
  • Thomas Minichiello
  • Thomas Schrack
  • Susan Werner, Trustee Representative
  • Cathi Alloway, Library Director
  • Molly Hetrick, Manager of Philanthropy

TumbleBooks

Stories in action - read, watch, and listen.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center (SERRC)

Easy-to-use repair guides for all manner of small engines

Present Work in Acrylic, Oil, Pastels, and Watercolor

Enjoy the beauty of our local farmlands captured by the capable hands of The Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania. Works by the members will be on display in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery until January 31. 

Formed in late 2005, the Farmland Preservation Artists of Central Pennsylvania is joint enterprise of the Art Alliance of Central PA and the Centre County Farmland Trust, their mission is to promote the preservation and appreciation of farmland through the visual arts. Member artists work in a variety of media and focus on portraying the beauty of the rural landscape to increase support for farmland preservation through the exhibition and the sale of art. 

MEMBERS W/ Work on Display:

FPA CONTACTS:

The artwork in the show is for sale. Please contact the individual artist to purchase the work.

Posted 12/19/2017

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

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 

Posted 4/20/2020

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

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

Kids: Meet local authors and illustrators, read their books, and try some fun activities!

Meet Abby Rupert Baus, author of Violet & Beaumont, and Kimberlee Hutnik Knepp, author of Woodland Magic.

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

A whimsical tale of love. Coppelia is a charming, funny, and comical ballet for all ages.

  • Presented by the Performing Arts School of Central Pennsylvania
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
12:00pm

Join the Elementary Division of Singing Onstage as we sing songs from the movie, "Trolls."

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

Join the Elementary Division of Singing Onstage as we celebrate the story of Simba and his brave adventures in Africa!

These young performers will sing "Circle of Life," "Be Prepared," "He Lives in You," "Can You Feel The Love Tonight," and, of course, "Hakuna Matata!" 

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
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Repeats every week every Tuesday 5 times.
10:00am

Join us in the Downsbrough Community Room - a place for you to play with your child and talk with other parents.

  • Ages: 18 to 36 months
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
     
  • Tuesdays at 10am
    • September 11
    • September 18
    • September 25
    • October 2
    • October 9
       
    • *Please note: You may choose to register for Toddler Learning Centre OR one Tales for Twos storytime each session.

 

Please call 814.237.6236 to join the waitlist.
11:00am to 2:00pm

Kids: Pipe cleaners + pony beads = endless possibilities! Make a crown, a bookworm, an octopus...or your own creation!

Where: Children's Department

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Repeats every week every Friday 17 times.
4:00pm to 5:30pm

Come in every FRIDAY to celebrate and create comic

For comic artists & fans! The club meets every Friday.

Discuss comics, draw, write, or collaborate.  

  • When: Fridays, 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • Where: Joyce's Sun Room
  • Ages: Grades 6-12

 

No registration necessary
2:00pm

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 3pm. 
  • Please come with writing questions and ideas, or bring along one or two pages of your book for review. 
     
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Registration required.

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10:00am to 4:00pm

Drop in to play a variety of games with the Tabletop and Role-Playing Gamers of Central PA. All ages and skill levels welcome.

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

Everyone is welcome!

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

Available games provided by Schlow include:

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

           ....And many more!

No registration necessary
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
2:30pm

Kids: Join M Twirling Team as they demonstrate the basics of twirling and give you a hands-on opportunity to try it yourself!

  • Recommended for ages 3-12
  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
No registration necessary
1:00pm

For ages 3 to 5, who read at least 3,500 pages! Wow!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • To attend this party, children must be between 3 to 5 years of age. Parents: please plan to remain at the party with your child.
  • Participation goal: 3,500 pages read by July 31
  • To earn a spot at the Preschool Super Readers 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 at reading.schlowlibrary.org and log the number of pages read throughout the summer for each child on the Party Page Counter found on the Quests tab of their online account
  • The online Party Page Counter will automatically tally your pages read
  • Once the total is over 3,500 pages, come to the Children's Desk to receive your Preschool Super Readers Party permission slip
  • Return permission slip by Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Please call 814.237.6236 to register.
5:00pm to 7:45pm

Register for D&D at Schlow!

Grab your dice and gather your party, we’re bringing Dungeons & Dragons to Schlow! Join us for some 5th edition one-shot adventures for beginning-level characters, full of magic, mystery and more! Dice and ready-to-play characters available, both new and experienced players welcome.  Registration required. 

  • Who: 13 years - Adult 
  • Where: Joyce's Sun Room 

Limit of 12 players per session.

We are currently not looking for Dungeon Masters for this season, but may need more in the future!

 
 

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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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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.
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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 register.
5:00pm to 7:45pm

Teens and adults: Register for D&D at Schlow!

Grab your dice and gather your party, we’re bringing Dungeons & Dragons to Schlow! Join us for some 5th edition one-shot adventures for beginning-level characters, full of magic, mystery and more! Dice and ready-to-play characters available, both new and experienced players welcome.  Registration required. 

  • Who: 13 years - Adult (11-12 year olds may attend if accompanied by a player-parent/guardian)
  • Where: Joyce's Sun Room 

Limit of 12 players per session.

We are currently not looking for Dungeon Masters for this season, but may need more in the future!

 
 

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2:00pm to 3:00pm

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Join us for a discussion of The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton.

"Gosford Park" meets "Groundhog Day" by way of Agatha Christie – the most inventive story you'll read this year.

Tonight, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed... again.

It is meant to be a celebration but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed.

But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden – one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party – can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself, over and over again. Every time ending with the fateful pistol shot.

The only way to break this cycle is to identify the killer. But each time the day begins again, Aiden wakes in the body of a different guest. And someone is determined to prevent him ever escaping Blackheath...

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

 

You can download this book through Hoopla.

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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August 19 2020

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.

Thanks for your interest in helping Schlow!

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

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

Note:  Applicants must be at least 16 years old. All those under 18 must submit a parent/guardian consent form in addition to the application.

  • There are special volunteer opportunities for children ages 13-16 during our Summer Reading Program.  These positions are limited and are offered on a first come, first serve basis.  

Applicants under 18 must also submit the attached Parent/Guardian Consent Form. Applicants 18 and over must submit the required background checks. 

For further questions and information, please read Schlow's Give Your Time page, contact us at 814.237.6236, or use the “Contact Us” form.

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Art Gallery

Centre County is full of wonderful artists and we are proud to to exhibit their work in our Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery!

The Gallery Committee solicits submissions from artists, reviews their applications, and oversees operations. Art is interpreted broadly to include paintings, sculpture, crafts, etc. The Committee meets periodically throughout the year to select exhibitors.

To apply, download the attached application or pick one up at the Circulation Desk.

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Create an account to satisfy your inner film geek. This streaming service is free with your library card. Kanopy has 30,000 classic films, international dramas, and documentaries. New titles are added regularly.

Some Rules of Thumb from School Library Journal
See the full article for more details

  • 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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AudioBook Cloud

Listen to eAudiobooks in the cloud right away.

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Over 700,000 ebooks, eAudiobooks, films, tv shows, comics, and music for any age, all from your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV!

Summer is here (unofficially)! And it’s going to be a rocking one at Schlow this year!

While it’s usually rocking at the library, this year’s Summer Reading theme is Libraries Rock!  And Summer Reading is a good place to start in looking at just some of the great offerings and happening this summer at Schlow:

Summer Reading. Yep, Summer Reading is back, and it’s for everyone — babies to adults! You can register now at reading.schlowlibrary.org. Log your reading from June 1 to August 15 and have a chance to win some great prizes. Grand prizes for adults and teens include a Kindle Fire, a Nintendo Switch, 2019 season pool pass, and a gift card to Kranich’s Jewelers. Prizes for kids ages 3 to 12 include a sloth, a lemur, giant teddy bears, and a unicorn from Growing Tree Toys and much more! Also, when it comes to reading, check out some local authors at BookFest 2018: Comics to Cozies, held July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Schlow parking lot.

Movie Magic. You know Schlow has DVDs, but now Schlow also has the popular on-demand film-streaming service Kanopy! That’s right, using your library card, you now have access to more than 30,000 films that you can watch for free on your computer, television, or mobile device. And if it’s summer, that also means free movies at the State Theatre with the Read It, Watch It series that begins June 20 with Ferdinand. Other movies in this year’s Read It, Watch It series include Frozen, Coco, Boss Baby, and The Lego Ninjago Movie. Movies are at noon each Wednesday from June 20 to August 22 (except for July 4) at the State Theatre. And speaking of the State Theatre, you can get a behind-the-scenes tour of the theater at 10 a.m. June 30.

Terrific Theater. Maybe seeing a live performance is more your thing. Singing Onstage will be have performances at Schlow most Fridays in the summer. It starts June 22 with the Wizard of Oz. Other performances include The Little Mermaid, Moana, and Lion King.

Awesome Art. Schlow is once again home to the Central PA Festival of the Arts’ juried exhibition Images. From July 1 to 31, Images 2018 will be in the Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery and the Downsbrough Community Room. This year’s juror is Erin Coe, the new director of the Palmer Museum of Art. A reception will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 12.

Of course there’s much more happening, including our regular offerings of book clubs, Chess Club, Saturday Stories Alive, Baby/Toddler Playtime, and more! Get ready for a rocking summer at Schlow!

 

Posted 5/28/2018

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

Summer Calendar 2020 for Adults & Teens

This calendar features virtual events for Summer 2020 for Adults and Teens!

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

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Posted 6/5/2020

2:30pm

with author Lindsay Barrett George

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

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Lindsay Barrett George will have her books for sale after the program
No registration necessary
12:00am to 11:45pm
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
No registration necessary
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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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2:30pm

Come join a land where just one stroke of Harold’s purple crayon can create a world full of imagination.

In Harold and the Purple Crayon, Harold begins by drawing a moon, and the adventure takes off from there!

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Presented by the Penn State Thespians
No registration necessary
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Kids: Join PSU's Student United Way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

Enjoy face painting, leprechaun crafts, cookie decorating, craft stick art, and a pot of gold creation!

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

Join the Elementary Division of Singing Onstage as we celebrate the story of Dorothy and her friends in Oz!

These young performers will sing "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "If I Only Had a Brain," "If I were King of the Forest," "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," and, of course, "Over the Rainbow."

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

A combination class of jazz, tap, and ballet for kids ages 7-12!

 Introduction to dance! Presented by the Dance Academy of State College.

  • Where: Downsbrough Community Room
  • Recommended for ages 7-12
  • Limit: 40

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