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What’s worth more than gold? Our volunteers!

In honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Schlow Library recently celebrated its 84 volunteers with a special volunteer appreciation brunch. This event, sponsored by the Friends of Schlow Library, is an annual tradition with a new theme each year - this year, the Olympic games.

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May 5 & 6: Help the Friends Reach Their Goal in Centre Gives

Thanks to donors like you, the Friends of Schlow Library have raised thousands of dollars during past years’ Centre Gives. These donations help offset state budget cuts and allow Schlow to continue to provide the excellent level of service you’ve come to expect. We hope we can count on your support again this year!

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Summer Reading Is For Everyone!
What do rocket building, ukuleles, and reptiles have in common? They are all part of Schlow’s Summer Reading Program, coming your way starting June 1!

Schlow’s Summer Reading Program brings reading to a new level for children, teens, and adults with exciting programming and great incentive prizes. This community-wide adventure in reading has something for everyone: music, an adult craft studio, and children’s Discovery Days, just to name a few.

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Upcoming Events: Enrichment for All Ages
OLLI Class: iPad Basics: Friday, May 1, 10:00 a.m.

Boardgaming Meetup: Saturday, May 2, 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

Lego Club: Saturday, May 16, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Summer Reading Registration Begins: Monday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.

Schlow Open After Two-Week Closure

By now many in the community have heard that Schlow was closed for two weeks due to a burst pipe. In the early morning hours of February 16, a sprinkler pipe froze and burst, flooding part of the building. Thanks to a swift response by Alpha Fire Company, the State College Borough Department of Public Works, and Schlow staff, the water was quickly contained, but not before it had destroyed 1,499 books, more than 600 audiobook cases, and $1,100 worth of educational toys. In the days that followed, professionals completed a thorough dry-out and then worked to repair damaged floors and walls. Schlow re-opened on Monday, March 2.

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Join a Community Reading Beautiful Ruins

Magical things happen when a community reads together! For thirteen years, Centre County Reads has brought Centre County residents together to read, discuss, and experience great literature. This year’s selection, Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, is an almost love story that spans fifty years and many miles. Beautiful Ruins spent 68 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list and is available at all Centre County libraries, including Schlow!

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Thank you, Centre Foundation!

Centre Foundation and its donors are working together to help Schlow thrive! Recently, Centre Foundation’s Tom and Barbara Mebane Fund designated a $2,000 distribution to Schlow Library. These funds will be used to build Schlow’s collection.

Centre Foundation is home to a number of funds dedicated to advancing Schlow’s work in the community, allowing individuals and families to have a lasting impact on their public library. Among these is the Christina F. Pootjes Fund, which provides funds to maintain the landscaping and gardens at Schlow and display fresh floral bouquets at the circulation desk. 

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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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Upcoming Events: Enrichment for All Ages at Schlow!

Saturday Stories Alive: Saturday, March 14, 11:00 a.m.

Research Unplugged: Thursday, March 19, 12:30 p.m.

Gadgets for Grownups: eBook Basics: Saturday, March 21, 10:30 a.m. (Registration required. Please call 235-7816.)

Thank You to Our Many Donors!

Our library users speak:

  • “I think you're great. So accessible, such selection, such stellar stuff. I LOVE the LIBRARY.” 
  • From a homebound delivery customer:  “Thank you for allowing me to use this wonderful service.  It means so much to not just me, but everyone who cannot get out to the library... books have taken me so many places from the bottom of the ocean to outer space.  They have taken me places I would never be able to travel to....thanks again”
  • “My 4-year-old grandson, Adam, while saying goodbye to me after our Christmas Eve dinner, said ‘Grandma, when I come over to your house on Christmas, can we go to the library?’” 
  • “Best library ever for the entire family! Thank you for all your help!”

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Schlow will continue serving these and all our enthusiastic patrons.

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Time Flies: “New” Schlow Library Ten Years Old in 2015

Later this year, Schlow Centre Region Library will celebrate a decade in its current location! Just ten years ago, the Capital Campaign committee, led by Mr. Dan Hawbaker, achieved the impressive goal of raising $3.7 million in community donations to help construct Schlow’s new $11 million facility. With the new construction, Schlow more than doubled in size to 38,577 square feet - but even more impressive than its increased capacity to hold books was Schlow’s new capacity to enrich our community.

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Love “Game of Thrones” or “Divergent”? Nook a Book!

Grant funding secured by Diane Schmidt, our Head of Technical Services, has allowed Schlow to purchase 13 Nooks and pre-load them with dozens of popular titles. “Game of Thrones” fan? Delirious over “Divergent”? You can bring your favorite series home on a lightweight, easy-to-read Nook and move seamlessly from one installment to the next.

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Just for Teens During the Dreary Days of Winter

Looking for ways to get your teen out of the house and engaged with activities that don’t include screen time? Look no further than Schlow! In addition to a second floor hangout area that’s designated for teens, Schlow offers a number of clubs and activities for young adults.

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Upcoming Events: Enrichment for All Ages at Schlow!
World Stories Alive (ages 3-8, parent must attend): January 31 (French), 11:00am
Comics Club (teens): January 29, 3:30pm-5:00pm
Gadgets for Grownups: January 31 (Schlow’s Digital Library for Kindles), 10:30am

Holiday Gift Giving Made Easier

Let schlowlibrary.org be your one-stop shop for holiday gift research!

Planning to buy electronics or a new appliance this December? Your Schlow library card gives you free access to Consumer Reports online. Looking for the perfect book for the voracious reader in your life? Novelist Plus specializes in recommending “read-alikes”, sensational books that are similar to your favorites. Both databases can be found at the Research tab of our website, schlowlibrary.org.

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Thank you, Foxdale!
Foxdale Village is a proud supporter of Schlow Centre Region Library! Many of  the residents benefit from a partnership that provides for weekly delivery and pickup of books and other materials. In November, Foxdale presented Schlow Library with a donation to help support these services. Shown here are Foxdale Village resident Marjorie Nelson and Foxdale Development Director Sophie Penney with Library Director Cathi Alloway.

First Night Delight
Wondering what the future holds? Stop by Schlow Library on December 31 to have your fortune told by Madame Babushka (our very own Library Director, Cathi Alloway). Between 3pm and 4pm, Madame will read your fortune from her very special deck of cards. And at 1pm and 4pm, magician and balloon artist Dennie Huber will astound and amuse children and adults alike with his combination of mystery and balloon magic!

World Stories Alive

Aimez-vous lire? Voulez-vous entendre des histoires dans d'autres langues? With World Stories Alive, you can!

On select Saturdays in January through April, Schlow Library will again present World Stories Alive, a family-friendly story time presented in various world languages. Each session will feature a different language, starting with Turkish on Saturday, January 17 at 11am in our Downsbrough Community Room.

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Special Gifts for the Reader in Your Life
Schlow mugs and Chico bags are the perfect gift for the library lovers in your life! Tribute gifts, made in honor of a loved one, let friends and family know that you hold them dear - while helping to sustain the library that plays such an important role in our community. Stop by our Circulation Desk or call 237-6236 for more information.

Upcoming Events: Fun for All Ages at Schlow!
Chess Club (all ages): Saturday, December 20 & 27, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Discovery Days (Children’s Department): December 29, 30 & 31, 11:00am-2:00pm
Evening Book Club: Tuesday, January 20, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Afternoon Book Club: Wednesday, January 28, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Schlow’s Hours of Operation - Changes Ahead
Please take note of our new hours, effective January 2, 2015:
Monday-Wednesday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Thursday: Noon-8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Also, please take note of schedule changes during the holidays:

Tuesday, December 23: Closing at 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 24: Closed
Thursday, December 25: Closed
Friday, December 26: Closed
Sunday, December 28: Closed
Monday, December 29: Closing at 6:00pm
Tuesday, December 30: Closing at 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 31: Closing at 6:00pm
Thursday, January 1: Closed

Children’s Collections

Calling all collector kids! Schlow Library’s Children’s Department has recently installed a display cabinet for children to showcase their collections.

“Collecting, and all the work that goes with it, is a great educational tool,” says Anita Ditz, Schlow’s Head of Children’s Services. “We are pleased to offer display space to our young scientists and hobbyists and look forward to each new collection.”

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Creator Kits Coming Soon!

Get your creative juices flowing! Thanks to grant funding from the Knight Foundation and Centre Foundation, Schlow will soon offer “Creator Kits” as part of its lending library.

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Congratulations to Mr. Dan Hawbaker!

On November 13, Dan Hawbaker was honored as this year’s Renaissance Person of the Year. The Schlow community, which benefited from Mr. Hawbaker’s work on the 2002-2005 capital campaign, couldn’t be happier. 

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Promotions at Schlow: Changes to Management Team

Schlow Library is pleased to announce a recent promotion as well as a new addition to our management team. Lisa Rives Collens, formerly Schlow’s District Library Consultant, has become the new Head of Patron Services, and Brady Clemens, currently the Director of Juniata County Library, will join Schlow as the new District Library Consultant on December 1.

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Local Race Benefits Schlow Children’s Department

On a brisk Sunday afternoon in mid-October, community members strapped on their running shoes to participate in the 24th annual Knights of Columbus State College Adventure 5k. As in past years, proceeds of the event were donated to Schlow Library’s Children’s Department. Pictured here are our Head of Children’s Services, Anita Ditz, and race organizer Jaimie Wright.

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Thank You for Helping Schlow Thrive!
Thank you to our many donors and friends for the positive response to our annual fund drive! Please help Schlow reach its goal of $80,000. There are many ways to contribute. Call 237-6236 to make a credit card gift, or donate online. To make a donation by cash or check, stop by our circulation desk, or mail your donation to Schlow Centre Region Library, 211 S. Allen Street, State College, PA 16801. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events: Enrichment for All Ages at Schlow!

Business Resource Class presented by Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State: Wednesday, November 19, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Registration for Polar Express begins December 1 at 9am. Call 235-7817 to register for this popular event, held this year on December 6, 7, 13 & 14.

Gadgets for Grownups, “Introduction to Genealogy and Ancestry”: Saturday, December 6, 10:30am. Call 235-7816 to register.

Penn State Thespians present “Amelia Bedelia”: Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 at 11:00am.

Schlow’s Hours of Operation - Changes Ahead

Due to budget constraints, Schlow Library will be closing an hour early Monday through Thursday, starting January 2, 2015. Please take note of our new hours, effective January 2:

Monday-Wednesday 9:00am-8:00pm
Thursday noon-8:00pm
Friday 9:00am-6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm-5:00pm

Also, please take note of various closures in November and December:

Wednesday, November 26: Closing at 6:00pm
Thursday, November 27: Closed
Friday, November 28: Closed
Friday, December 12: Closing at 1:00pm for Staff Event
Tuesday, December 23: Closing at 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 24: Closed
Thursday, December 25: Closed
Friday, December 26: Closed
Sunday, December 28: Closed
Monday, December 29: Closing at 6:00pm
Tuesday, December 30: Closing at 6:00pm
Wednesday, December 31: Closing at 6:00pm
Thursday, January 1: Closed

Annual Fund Drive

Annual Fund Drive mailers are being delivered to mailboxes this month.  If you have not already done so, please consider a donation to Schlow Centre Region Library this year. We need to raise $80,000 in this campaign to achieve our goal.  Your money goes directly and immediately into our operations and collections.  State aid continues to be far less than it was in 2008, which has required us to reduce hours and book expenditures.  Donations allow everyone in the community, including you and your family and neighbors,  to share the bounty of library resources.

Watch for our mailer or donate online at www.supportschlow.org.  Thank you so much for your support!

Business Support

Businesses support Schlow in many ways, from outright donations to in-kind gifts of items.  We thank these local businesses for their help this past month: 

  • Rapid Transit Sports - a PSU scarf for our new public statue, “Downtown Eugene Brown.” 
  • National Penn Bank - water for special events
  • PSU Men’s Basketball - t-shirts for events and prizes

Harrison’s Wine Grill Fundraiser

The Friends of Schlow Library are teaming up with Harrison’s Wine Grill to prevent intellectual malnutrition! Between now and October 26, diners who mention the Friends of Schlow Library will see 20% of their pre-tax bill donated to the Friends.

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Geek Speak: Making Video Games

Our popular Geek Speek series returns with “Making Video Games” on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:00pm. A panel of game developers, writers, and artists will share their experiences in the video game industry and answer questions.

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

New Children’s program contributes to literacy efforts at Schlow

In response to a wide body of research that shows how reading aloud to children impacts reading readiness, Schlow Centre Region Library has launched a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

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Upcoming Events: Enrichment for All Ages at Schlow!

Teen Reading Lounge: October 18 & 25, noon-4pm. Call 237-6236 to register.

Making Democracy Fun Author Event with Josh Lerner: October 23, 7:30pm

Getting Graphic: Visual Storytelling and the Graphic Novel: Thursdays, through November 13, 12:30-1:30pm
Next up: Dinner for 7 Billion: Food Issues for the 21st Century

Young Writers Workshop: November 8, 10am-11am.

Visit our online calendar for information about these and other events!

Promoting democracy can be serious fun

“Democracy is not a spectator sport”: that is a bumper sticker Josh Lerner could support. The Executive Director of the Participatory Budget Project, Lerner is an advocate for deliberative democracy. He believes that people must participate—not only vote, but also attend meetings, join campaigns, and serve on committees—to ensure that government policies reflect their needs. Participation is key to healthy communities.

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From the President: Thanks for doing your part

To all Friends of Schlow:

As I begin my term as president of the Friends of Schlow, I must first thank our outgoing president, Bob Potter, for his exceptional dedication and commitment to the organization. Under his leadership, the Friends of Schlow has grown in membership, in financial support for the Library, and in legislative and community advocacy. His is a hard act to follow.

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The Director's Outlook: E-books surge in popularity

“Can Schlow buy more e-books, please?”

I’m not surprised when I hear this question because, let’s face it, our community loves e-books! From January through June, 2014, Schlow’s 7,047 e-books were downloaded 16,022 times. E-books now get more use per title than print books.

Schlow is proud to have been one of the first public libraries in Pennsylvania to offer loanable e-books through the software vendor Overdrive. We’d like to buy more e-books to keep up with our voracious readers, but pricing is a big issue. Most publishers charge us much more for e-books than people pay at Amazon., for example. The table on the right shows prices posted this past April.

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Teen Reading Lounge explores graphic novels

A book club might be relaxing or instructive or even in-spirational, but it is rarely hands-on. No one pens their own British cozy at a mystery club meeting.

That is what makes Schlow’s Teen Reading Lounge so unusual: it is most definitely hands-on. In the Reading Lounge’s first session on “Making Comics,” teens will read and talk about graphic novels. In the second session, they’ll use what they’ve learned to produce their own work.

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Check out our Nooks
Settle into your favorite reading nook—with a Nook, courtesy of Schlow. Available now for three-week loans, the Nooks are loaded with titles in a variety of fiction and nonfiction themes. Are you keen on memoirs, in thrall to the Divergent series, or curious about The Fifty Shades Trilogy? Well, here’s your chance. Reserve a Nook using Schlow’s online catalog, or stop by the Reference Desk for assistance.

Children’s events coming soon

Experience The Nutcracker

Saturday, November 22nd, 2:30 pm

Ride the Polar Express

Saturdays, December 6th & 13th, 11 am–3 pm

Sundays, December 7th & 14th, 2 pm–4:20 pm

Make merry with Amelia Bedelia!

Saturday, December 6th, 11am & 2:30 pm

Sunday, December 7th, 2:30 pm

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Beyond birds and bees

Research Unplugged, the popular discussion series partnered by Penn State and Schlow Library, draws on experts from across the university to foster community dialogue. With topics that range from how to talk with your teen about relationships to campus ghosts to robots rising, the fall program promises to be informative and engaging. Don’t miss it.

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We thank our lucky stars

Schlow, as we know it, could not exist without its volunteers.

Library volunteers provide more than 5,400 hours of assistance each year. They check in materials, shelve books, and keep our collections in order. They pitch in for special children’s events and adult programs.

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