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“Timmy Turtle” Arrives at Schlow

Thanks to a generous donation by longtime Schlow supporter Ed Mattil, the Children’s Department has a new sculpture! Created by local artist Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, the sculpture depicts a box turtle in a pond along with a frog on a lily pad. The sculpture connects children to science and art, and library visitors will be encouraged to touch and feel it. “I think sculptures should be touched,” says Stevens-Sollman, adding that she hopes to not only educate children through her sculpture but also inspire them to invent stories about “Timmy Turtle”.

An official unveiling will take place on Wednesday, June 24 at 11am. The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy Turtles candies and special children’s activities.

BookFestPA: Now with Comics!

A celebration of the art of the book, BookFestPA is now in its fifth year of bringing local and regional authors to Schlow Library during Arts Festival. This year’s BookFest will feature graphic novels and comics, and will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 10am to 4pm. The event will feature a dozen writers and illustrators sharing their craft throughout the day.

BookFestPA will also include two special presentations to bring the world of comics closer to you. At 11am, blogger, comic book historian, artist, and Penn State alumnus Collin Colsher will share his knowledge of all things Batman with “The History of Batman”. At 2pm, a panel of industry insiders will discuss “The Art and Industry of Sequential Storytelling”. Moderated by Penn State’s John Meier, the panel will include Dave DeVries, Robert Hack, Jay Hosler, Alitha Martinez, and Joel Priddy. Come with comments, questions, and your superhero cape!

Opening Your Eyes to Art and Your Soul to Beauty

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

~ Pablo Picasso

Art has the power to inspire, transform, communicate, and comfort. At our Betsy Rodgers Allen Gallery, Schlow brings local artists to you, each month with a new exhibit featuring a different visual artist. “Our gallery provides local artists the opportunity to showcase their work and gives patrons access to local talent in a convenient, downtown location,” says Maria Burchill, Head of Adult Services and curator of our Art Gallery.

Starting July 1, through the end of the month, the gallery will display “Images 2015”, a juried art exhibit in partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. A special reception to recognize the artists will be held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm on Thursday, July 9 in our Downsbrough Community Room. The public is invited to attend!

For a list of upcoming Art Gallery exhibits, click the headline.

Love your library? Volunteer!

Have free time in the afternoons? Want to volunteer at Schlow? We are currently seeking volunteers to check in and reshelf materials on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. Volunteers must be 16 or older and willing to commit to a minimum of six months.

If you are interested in joining the Schlow family as one of our treasured volunteers, stop by the front desk for an application, or download one from our website.

Upcoming Events: Enrichment for All Ages at Schlow

Tear Apart Day (grades 3-6): Wednesday, July 1, 2:30pm

Knitting Club: Monday, July 6 & 20, 5:30pm

Images Juried Exhibition Opening: Thursday, July 9, 6:00pm

#ManOfBronze Donors Honored
State College’s #ManOfBronze, Downtown Eugene Brown, has been making a name for himself - and for the donors who helped bring him to our community. On April 30, State College residents Rich and Sally Kalin were presented with the Ingrid P. Holtzman Award to recognize their gift to the community of Downtown Eugene Brown, a statue at the intersection of Beaver Avenue and Allen Street. Downtown Eugene Brown was commissioned by the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts on behalf of Schlow Library and the Centre Area Transportation Authority, and was created by Gavin Gardner, who modelled the life-size statue after his own grandfather.

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Want to make a librarian smile?
When you shop AmazonSmile, Amazon will make a donation to Schlow Library. Simply follow this link and register for AmazonSmile: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/24-0857113

Thank you!

Thank you, Centre County!
Thanks to more than 400 donors, the Friends of Schlow raised $44,633 during this year’s Centre Gives. In addition to receiving a pro-rated match from Centre Foundation, the Friends of Schlow will also claim the $3,000 bonus prize for the most unique donors. Also during Centre Gives, three donor-advised funds made grant distributions to the Friends of Schlow Library: the M.W. and Margaret S. Schreffler Fund, the XYZ Fund, and the Edward and Deborah Klevans Fund.

We are tremendously grateful for this generous show of support. Your contributions will help sustain the level of service our community has come to know and love. Whether you are drawn to Schlow for the books, the digital resources, children’s programming, or our many other features, Schlow is your Centre of Reading and Learning - and remains so thanks to the support of this community.

Upcoming Events and Summer Reading Registration
Summer Reading Kickoff: Family Fun Day
Saturday, June 6, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Meet superheroes, watch a magic show, get a balloon animal, and more!

Summer Reading Kickoff: World Sounds Concert
Saturday, June 6, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Kick off summer with concerts from the Society for Indian Music and Arts and Penn State Taiko!

Visit Schlow's website to view our calendar of events for both children and adults. And remember to register for our Summer Reading Programs online or in person!

Read to Your Child and Enter to Win a Storybook Quilt

In August, Schlow Library launched its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Recently, the program had its first finisher, 20-month-old Mae Chazal! The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program encourages caregivers to read 1,000 books to their children before they begin kindergarten. An ambitious endeavor, to be sure - but one that is of critical importance. Studies show that reading to children helps build their vocabulary and promotes reading readiness, and helps prepare them for a lifetime of reading and learning.

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