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When Life Hands You Lemons...
Special thanks to the Herlocher family of State College for donating the proceeds of their Arts Festival lemonade stand to Schlow Library! The Herlocher kids - Charlie, Phebe, and Lanie - have been running a lemonade stand for eight years, and enlisting their friends to help as well. Each year, the Herlochers have donated the proceeds to a different charity, and this year they chose Schlow after hearing about our wintertime flood. We are grateful to the Herlochers and their friends for their hard work to help Schlow!

Read more at statecollege.com.

Website Wonders
You spoke, and we listened! Led by Head of IT Services Nathaniel Rasmussen, Schlow has recently rolled out enhancements to its website, schlowlibrary.org. The changes incorporate requests made in surveys of our website users last fall, and include such conveniences as online fine payments and lost PIN retrieval.

Residents of Centre County can now register for a Schlow library card online and immediately access the wealth of resources at our digital branch, including eBooks, research databases, and music downloads. The enhanced library catalog now provides easy-to-access information on book availability and similar title suggestions, as well as links to book reviews from Goodreads.

These improvements, made possible by grant funding from the Library Services and Technology Act, help make Schlow’s website more responsive to patron needs. The code written for the website enhancements is open source and will give other libraries across the country the opportunity to make similar improvements to their websites.

Geek Speak: World of Dance
Discover extraordinary dance in your own backyard...or library! Join us for Geek Speak: World of Dance on Thursday, August 6 from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

Penn State's R.A.M. (Raw Aesthetic Movements) Squad and Swing Dance Club will be here to dance with you! These two up-beat dance groups will perform and then offer a chance for you to learn a few moves and join in. No pre-registration is necessary.

Friends Become Foundation
Schlow Library’s fundraising arm, the Friends of Schlow Library, have officially changed their name to the Schlow Library Foundation. The transition, says Foundation President Sue Werner, will help streamline library fundraising.

“As Schlow Library strives to provide an excellent level of service in spite of cuts in state funding, donations from the community have become increasingly important,” says Sue. “The Foundation will combine the fundraising efforts of the Friends and the Library to provide a more efficient, more effective approach to securing the library’s future.”

Read more at centredaily.com.

Welcome, Molly!
We are pleased to welcome Schlow Library’s new Manager of Philanthropy, Molly Hetrick. A lifelong resident of the Centre Region, Molly was the Nature Center Supervisor at Millbrook Marsh for 14 years before coming to Schlow. At Millbrook Marsh, Molly managed a $1.25 million capital campaign to construct the classroom building and parking area, plus managed operational donations for the center. She also taught professional management at Penn State. Molly will be working with the Schlow Library Foundation and Library staff to foster relationships with community members and help Schlow thrive.

The Future Is Here: Maker Week 2015
Curious about the maker revolution? Eager to explore coding, learn more about drones and robots, or try your hand at 3D printing? Wait no more - the future is here!

Schlow is pleased to announce its participation in a community-wide Maker Week, coming August 24 to 29. Featuring demonstrations and hands-on exploration of both new and traditional technologies, Maker Week will include Penn State, Discovery Space, The Makery, New Leaf Initiative, and others. More information coming soon!

Upcoming Events: Enrichment for All Ages at Schlow
Legos in Action (Grades 3-6; registration required): Tuesday, August 4, 10:00am
Geek Speak: World of Dance: Thursday, August 6, 6:30pm
Evening Book Club (Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler): Tuesday, August 18, 6:30pm

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.

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!

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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