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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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